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Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines | [Richard A. Muller]

Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

The near-meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil rig explosion, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply of and demand for energy. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policy more than any other factor. But the "energy question" is more confusing, contentious, and complicated than ever before.
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The near-meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil rig explosion, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply of and demand for energy. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policy more than any other factor. But the "energy question" is more confusing, contentious, and complicated than ever before. We need to know if nuclear power will ever really be safe. We need to know if solar and wind power will ever really be viable. And we desperately need to know if the natural gas deposits in Pennsylvania are a windfall of historic proportions or a false hope that will create more problems than solutions.

Richard A. Muller provides all the answers in this must-listen guide to our energy priorities now and in the coming years.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Richard A. Muller (P)2012 Tantor

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"An informative, comprehensive discussion of important economic and environmental issues." (Kirkus)

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    Stephen Cook, Australia 09-25-12
    Stephen Cook, Australia 09-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Selected science with emphasis on biased budgeting"
    What did you like best about Energy for Future Presidents? What did you like least?

    I liked best the topic because of its importance. It needs more debate and this is a great forum for educated debate. I would like other writers on this topic to take up argument with Muller.

    I liked least the uneven approach to the alternatives. Shale gas and small nuclear plants seemed to be receiving a lot of positive comments. I was left with lots of unanswered questions about these.
    I think Muller's arguments about solar are outdated. He should reconsider visiting the efficacy of solar as a dynamically improving technology perspective.

    I liked his explanation as to why hybrids are better than electric. But why no criticism of the 'cash for clunkers' program? An outrageously waste of energy to replace so many cars.


    What could Richard A. Muller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would like to have seen an introduction to the topic that contained a section on the relative importance of fossil fuel consumption versus other environmentally damaging impacts


    Did Energy for Future Presidents inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to seek out more information on this topic


    Any additional comments?

    I was feel Muller's main aim of this book was to convince airheads that shale gas is cool.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 02-04-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 02-04-14 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "One sided energy advise"

    A one sided look at the options available for future energy sources and policies that covers everything from why fracking isn't as bad as some believe, to why bio fuels and full electric cars are not the angels of carbon footprint reduction they are made out to be. Certainly seems to error on the side of wait and see rather than taking action against global warming and seemed to be right in the camp of the FUD slingers Conway warned about in his book "Merchants do Doubt". Still some interesting advise on how to save money though by investing in home insulation and hybrid technologies that do make since according to the author.

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    vjuturu Newark, NJ, United States 01-10-13
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    "good book"

    This is a good book with scientific research behind it. It dettails the future energy requirements.

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