Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines
"Energy for Future Presidents" is the educational, informative and accessible book on energy. The book covers popular topics on energy: energy disasters, energy landscape (modes of transportation), and "new" technologies. Professor of physics and author, Richard A. Muller, succeeds in providing the public a wonderful topical book that covers the most important topics on energy. The author uses a cleaver approach i ...more
Muller harps consistently on natural gas as the obvious outlet for future ener ...more
This is just the book I was looking for after reading Michael E. Mann's The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars (reviewed here). Mann helped me understand the climate change issue more clearly than I ever had before, and at the end of his book I wanted to know: what do I do? Do I buy carbon credits? only use electric cars? buy compact fluorescent light bulbs for all my friends? I wanted to do something, but I didn't really know what to do....more
Electric cars? Bad; batteries are too expensive
Hybrid cars? Good, mostly
Solar power? Good, but very limited potential
Wind power? Good, but also limited potential
Global warming? Real, but not as big a problem as some say. Also not as much we can do a ...more
That said, I hated this book. Muller acknowledges that there's an inherent tension between short term economics and long term climate change. Without going through climate change models, or mentioning the number of degrees of warming that scientists think we can susta ...more
Why I started this book: Christmas present from my brother.
Why I finished it: I've talked to my co-workers about this, I've talked to my roommate and I will gladly talk to a random stranger about this. Fascinating, informative and ...more
I'm glad you asked me to read this book. I'm thinking everyone should read this—not just future presidents! This is the book to read to understand the issues of today in regard to energy. It’s got it all—oil, nuclear, climate change, alternative energy, natural gas, everything. Though there are several science-y things in here that I don’t really understand, it is mostly intelligible to me. It is the most reasonable and transparent view of these issues that I have ever re ...more
I recommend this book because it will give you a good overview of energy topics and allow you to make informed choices as a citizen about the different energy challenges we face today.
Highly recommended as an accessible, fascinating read into the present and future energy landscape.
Specialmente coloro i quali sono affiliati a varie associazioni ecologiste, persone disprezzabili per la loro ignoranza e per come riescono a farsi manipolare da idioti appena più furbi di loro.
Richard A. Muller is professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a past winner of the MacArthur Fellowship. His popular science book Physics for Future Presidents and academic textbook Physics and Technology for Future Presidents are based on his renowned course for non-science student ...more