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Out of Gas : The End of the Age of Oil - David L. Goodstein

Out of Gas

The End of the Age of Oil


Published: 1st February 2005
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Our rate of oil discovery has reached its peak and will never be exceeded; rather, it is certain to decline-perhaps rapidly-forever forward. Meanwhile, over the past century, we have developed lifestyles firmly rooted in the promise of an endless, cheap supply. In this book, David Goodstein, professor of physics at Caltech, explains the underlying scientific principles of the inevitable fossil fuel shortage we face. He outlines the drastic effects a fossil fuel shortage will bring down on us. And he shows that there is an important silver lining to the need to switch to other sources of energy, for when we have burned up all the available oil, the earth's climate will have moved toward a truly life-threatening state. With its easy-to-grasp explanations of the science behind every aspect of our most urgent environmental policy decisions, "Out of Gas" is a handbook for the future of civilization.

"A book that is more powerful for being brief... [Goodstein] is no muddled idealist. And his argument is based on the immutable laws of physics." The New York Times Book Review

ISBN: 9780393326475
ISBN-10: 0393326470
Series: Norton Paperback
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st February 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.03 x 14.17  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1