FREE READ Ì The Great Transition

SUMMARY è PLANTHIREINBATH.CO.UK ´ Lester R. Brown

The Great TransitionAs oil insecurity deepens the extraction risks of fossil fuels rise and concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal a new world energy economy is emerging The old economy fueled by oil natural gas and coal is being replaced with one powered by wind solar and geothermal energyThe Gr. What a utterly stunning disappointmentI picked this up to garner some facts on the positive realities of shifting from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources but this isn't a demonstrably fact based book It is a long editorial from the Earth Policy Institute that provides absolutely no supporting evidence whatsoever aside from 'see our website' Seriously Any book taking on this dense topic and claiming to provide 'facts' needs to be footnoted and needs a bibliography in short it's a tough much contested science based topic and sensible discussions of such reuire vigorous scientific objectivity and common scientific formatting My kids' high school papers were better presented than thisFor example the authors oppose nuclear power clearly They provide many health statistics about the Chernobyl nuclear accident to 'prove' that nuclear power is Bad There are several problems with this approach chief among them is that governments of both the then Soviet Union and the Ukraine have made finding health statistics extremely difficult by mis classifying much of the actual data available By not identifying any sources the authors effectively negate their argument turning it into mere propaganda These authors baldly state that it may take another 100 years to clean up the area around Chernobyl a mathematically fascinating assumption given that the relative gamma dose of a person in the immediate vicinity was earth normal within 1000 days and the four most harmful radionuclides released during the accident iodine 131 caesium 134 caesium 137 and strontium 90 have half lives of 8 days 2 years 30 years and 28 years respectively So 100 MORE years making 130 years total Why Based on what precisely Not to mention what a surprise this will be for the several hundred persons living in the evacuation zone who never evacuated and who aren't suffering from the levels of radiation poisoning expected from their proximity to such an event None of that is mentioned just that random another 100 years Bangs head on deskBadly written books like this do far harm than good to the movement for clean energy sources

FREE DOWNLOAD The Great Transition

FREE READ Ì The Great Transition ê As oil insecurity deepens the extraction risks of fossil fuels rise and concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal a new world energy economy is emerging The old economy fueled by oil natural gas and coal is being replaced with one powered by wind solar and geothermal energyThe Great Building utility scale solar projects Strides are being made some of the huge wind farm complexes under construction in China will each produce as much electricity as several nuclear power plants and an electrified transport system supplemented by the use of bicycles could reshape the way we think about mobili. The book makes a lot of good points and captures the essence of the overall trend in the energy sector but it doesn't present the full picture of all of the forces that are acting that are resisting the shift to renewable energy sources It's also a bit dated as this rapidly changing issue needs to be updated at least annually to reflect the latest developments

Lester R. Brown ´ 1 FREE READ

Eat Transition details the accelerating pace of this global energy revolution As many countries become less enad with coal and nuclear power they are embracing an array of clean renewable energies Whereas solar energy projects were once small scale largely designed for residential use energy investors are now. Too much of a propaganda piece and not enough detailed discussion about how renewables actually work The author spends the majority of the book citing new projects that are installing a 3000Mw wind project here and a 500Mw project there and this country is aiming for 50% renewables by 2020 and that city is going completely green by 2035 etc etcI get it It’s an exciting time with the costs of renewables dropping ever lower But just a little bit of information about how they actually work would have really benefited the text Additionally the author doesn’t do a very good job of discussing the challenges and the negative aspects of each renewable The closest he gets is with hydropower and he’s even careful to be gentle about criticism there I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but no power source is 100% good or bad There are certainly some that are very good and some that are really bad Failing to address the whole picture does a disservice to the cause I thinkIt’s really a shame because it comes off as a cheerleading piece without any real substance If one is trying to convince Joe Maga why solarwindgeothermaletc are better than natural gasoilnuclear and the all powerful King Coal it would be far useful to engage in a complete discussion rather than what boils down to “Yay solar Boo coal”All in all I don’t regret taking the time to read the book and I’m really glad to learn that there are some exciting projects and technologies currently being implemented and on the horizon I just wish that the author had fleshed out his text a little