Alternative Energy, 1st Edition

  • Brian C. Black
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  • ISBN-10: 031334485X
  • ISBN-13: 9780313344855
  • DDC: 333.79
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 222 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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It is the topic that made Al Gore a media star and a keynote of the Obama administration’s blueprint for change. And it is critical to our planet’s future. Differing opinions on the best course of action abound, creating a confusing landscape for those who seek to understand and act. As this book makes clear, civilization cannot long continue to ride on an oil slick. Worldwide, many people have come to see dependence on coal, and especially on oil, not only as unsustainable, but as profoundly destabilizing, both environmentally and politically. While ever-increasing demands continue to be placed on "mainstream" energy sources, recurring attempts have been made to generate power in "alternative" ways.

After retracing some of these efforts, this succinct and historically informed volume explores the ongoing debate over alternative energy that gathered strength in the 20th century, showing how that debate mirrors larger attitudes toward energy and consumption. Like other volumes in this series, Alternative Energy is designed to provide material for student reports and debate arguments. It is an outstanding sourcebook for those interested in investigating the problems and prospects of alternative fuels.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Tables and Figures.
Introduction: Conceiving of Alternative Energy.
1: Human Society's Need for Energy.
2: The Industrial Revolution and Humans' High-Energy Existence.
3: Against the American Grain: Paths Taken, Paths Declined.
4: The 1970s Initiate an Energy Transition.
5: Assessing Renewable and Alternative Energy Technologies.
6: Redefining Alternatives.
Appendix 1: Summaries of U.S. Legislation Provisions Related to Alternative Energy.
Appendix 2: President Jimmy Carter's Speech Concerning Energy, April 18, 1977.
Appendix 3: President Jimmy Carter: The “Crisis of Confidence” Speech, July 15, 1979.
Appendix 4: Former Vice President Al Gore at New York University, July 17, 2008.
About the Authors.