Alternative Energy by Brian C. Black Ph.D., Richard Flarend

By Brian C. Black Ph.D., Richard Flarend

As this e-book makes transparent, civilization can't lengthy proceed to trip on an oil slick. around the globe, many folks have come to determine dependence on coal, and particularly on oil, not just as unsustainable, yet as profoundly destabilizing, either environmentally and politically. whereas ever-increasing calls for remain put on ''mainstream'' power resources, routine makes an attempt were made to generate energy in ''alternative'' methods.

After retracing a few of these efforts, this succinct and traditionally educated quantity explores the continued debate over replacement strength that amassed power within the twentieth century, displaying how that discuss mirrors better attitudes towards strength and intake. Like different volumes during this sequence, Alternative Energy is designed to supply fabric for pupil experiences and debate arguments. it really is a good sourcebook for these attracted to investigating the issues and clients of other fuels.

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It is safe to assume that there will be at least some amount of each fossil fuel remaining 100, 200, or even 500 years from now. But there will be very few who will be able to afford this energy. Thus, from a practical viewpoint, most people will have to stop using these fossil fuels many years before they have actually run out. This doesn’t mean that society will be thrown into the Stone Age, although it is probably a good thing for people at least to be concerned about that. 14 alternative energy That may indeed be what happens, if society doesn’t properly prepare for a transition by changing wasteful consumption habits and creating new energy strategies that increase energy efficiency among consumers and producers of energy.

In addition, there are plenty of long-standing examples of CO2 being pumped into the ground to enhance the production of oil and gas from old wells. But these projects have always been about how to pump more oil and gas out of the ground, and not about putting as much CO2 into the ground as possible and keeping it there. There is a variety of carbon sequestration ideas that are being developed. Most methods involve geologic storage of pressurized CO2. Carbon dioxide can be stored in depleted oil and gas wells, salt domes, un-mineable coal beds, deep aquifers, dissolved in the ocean, and even a pool of liquid CO2 can be created along deep seabeds.

S. dollar will fall in currency exchanges. S. dollar. S. dollar is low. One last externality on the price of energy, particularly petroleum, is that it is considered a commodity. Investors are constantly looking for the right combination of the safest place to invest their money and get the greatest yield on their investment. Whenever the investment markets (stocks, bonds, real estate) look weak, investors may move funds out of these markets and put them into the commodity markets (gold, metals, food, petroleum, and so forth).

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