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The Solar Economy : Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future - Hermann Scheer

The Solar Economy

Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future

Paperback Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9781844070756
Number Of Pages: 368

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The global economy and our way of life are based on the exploitation of fossil fuels, which not only threaten massive environmental and social disruption through global warming but, at present rates of consumption, will run out within decades, causing huge industrial dislocation and economic collapse. Even before then, the conflicts it causes in the Middle East and elsewhere will be frighteningly exacerbated.

The alternative exists: renewable energy from renewable sources - above all, solar. Substituting renewable for fossil resources will take a new industrial revolution to avert the worst of the damage and establish a new international order. It can be done, and it can be done in time.

The Solar Economy, by one of the world's most effective analysts and advocates, lays out the blueprints, showing how the political, economic and technological challenges can be met using indigenous, renewable and universally available resources, and the enormous opportunities and benefits that will flow from doing so.

Industry Reviews

'Inspirational.' New Scientist

'A masterwork by the master advocate for solar.' Jeremy Eggett, author of The Carbon War

'This book has the greatest importance for the future of mankind.' Gunther Grass, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 1999

'The most powerfully written book on the energy situation. Highly Recommended!' Choice

'Scheer's is a heady, utopian vision. Here comes the sun.' New Scientist

'Forget Kyoto - all talk and no action; this book shows how technological challenges can be met using indigenous, renewable and universally available resources, and predicts the enormous benefits which will flow from doing so.' Energy World

'The Solar Economy presents a compelling case for weaning the world off its potentially disastrous reliance on oil.' Environment Times

List of figures and tablesp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
List of acronyms and abbreviationsp. xix
Scenario: From fossil fuels to solar power: transforming the global economyp. 1
The power of the pyromaniacsp. 5
Fossil resource dependency: how economic processes have come adrift from their environmental and social basesp. 10
Global competition in place of global environmental policyp. 12
The origins of the fossil-fuel economyp. 14
Accelerating change and global displacementp. 15
Business unbound: cutting loose from nature and societyp. 19
Reconnecting business and society through solar resourcesp. 21
From the political to the economic solar manifestop. 25
Captivity or Liberation: Fossil Fuel and Solar Supply Chains Compared
Ensnared by fossil supply chainsp. 37
Long supply chains due to limited resources: the logic of globalizationp. 37
Fossil resource supply chains and industrial concentration: market destruction through market mechanismsp. 44
The spider in the web: the growing influence of Big Energy and Big Miningp. 49
The convergence of power: networking, supercartels and the disempowerment of democratic institutionsp. 56
Exploiting solar resources: the new political and economic freedomp. 62
The solar supply chainp. 66
The economic logic of the solar energy supply chainp. 76
Solar power: technology without technocracyp. 82
The Pathological Politics of Fossil Resources
The 21st century writing on the wall: the political cost of fuel and resource conflictp. 93
A world in denial: the disregard for limited reservesp. 94
Dwindling reserves versus worldwide growth in demandp. 103
Arming for the resource conflictp. 105
Resource reserves, gunboat diplomacy and the moral bankruptcy of societyp. 115
The distorting effects of fossil supply chainsp. 120
The rise and fall of the fossil cityp. 121
The fossil resource trap closes on the developing worldp. 128
The mythology of fossil energyp. 137
Figures of fancy: the inadequacy of conventional energy statisticsp. 139
The inadequacy of energy forecastsp. 143
The profligate subsidies for conventional energy systemsp. 149
The feigned productivity of nuclear and fossil energyp. 153
Ideology and the physics of energyp. 159
The fear of the small scalep. 166
Throwing off the fossil supply chains
Energy beyond the gridp. 173
Wireless power: the potential of solar stand-alone and stand-by technologiesp. 174
The potential for natural and technological solar energy storagep. 182
Synergistic applications, cross-substitution and all-load micro-power plantsp. 195
The solar technology revolution and the solar information societyp. 201
The untapped wealth of solar resourcesp. 206
The higher productivity of biological materialsp. 209
Replacing fossil with solar resourcesp. 218
Solar materials: from agricultural monocultures to polyculturesp. 220
The real biotechnology: materials science, not genetic engineeringp. 225
The profitability of renewable energy and resourcesp. 231
Whose costs? Why solar and fossil resources cannot be compared on the basis of economic efficiency calculationsp. 233
Cost avoidance: economical application of solar resources in a nutshellp. 237
Towards a solar economy
Exploiting solar energyp. 251
The role of capital allowances--and their problemsp. 253
Tax-exempt status for solar resources: overcoming the legitimacy crisis of environmental taxationp. 256
Possibilities and problems in the market for green electricityp. 259
Green suppliers and municipal self-sufficiencyp. 269
Creative destruction in the energy industry and the transformation of the resource industryp. 276
Hard roads to soft resourcesp. 280
Regionalization of the global economy through solar resourcesp. 285
Regionalization effects through solar resourcesp. 288
'Own implementation' versus 'joint implementation': opportunities for the developing worldp. 292
Regionalizing trade flowsp. 296
The sustainable economy: global technology markets, regional commodity marketsp. 301
Trade not talk: beyond the energy industryp. 308
The visible hand of the sun: blueprint for a solar worldp. 312
Forwards: towards the primary economyp. 316
Work and the solar economyp. 320
From the bounty of the sun to global economic prosperityp. 323
Referencesp. 326
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9781844070756
ISBN-10: 1844070751
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

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