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Crossing the Energy Divide: Moving from Fossil Fuel Dependence to a Clean-Energy Future

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If we continue our highly inefficient, dangerous energy usage, we're headed for both economic and environmental catastrophe. However, the hard truth is that alternative fuels can't fully replace fossil fuels for decades. What's more, new research indicates that energy inefficiencies are retarding economic growth even more than most experts ever realized. "Crossing the Ener ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Wharton School Publishing (first published November 24th 2009)
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Oct 11, 2010 E rated it it was amazing
Smart diagnosis of U.S. energy policy

This book deserves widespread attention for its new arguments about how energy costs affect economic growth. Robert U. Ayres and Edward H. Ayres dispel dominant energy and economic myths. They espouse making better use of existing energy until alternatives become available in about 50 years’ time. The authors’ simple proposal is cheap to implement, and modeled on existing projects now underway worldwide. While the text can be repetitive, the book challenges c
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Oct 10, 2010 Jeremy K rated it liked it
This book was fair, but nothing special. It had a few good ideas about what we should do right now, given the current state of technology, to reduce pollution and increase the efficiency of our energy use. It was VERY repetitive. If the authors said everything they had to say only once, this book would have been about 1/5 as long as it was. For people who claim to be so interested in efficiency, they were highly inefficient in the number of words used to get their message across.
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Aug 09, 2011 Justin rated it really liked it
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Ayres and Ayres provide some novel and compelling insights into the role of energy in industrial economies in light of resource depletion and looming climate change. There are three main themes:
* the largely ignored fundamental role of energy services as the third key production factor (alongside labour and capital). Compellingly, they cite evidence that shows that shifts in energy service efficiency is the real missing link that is papered over by 'technological innovation' in mainstream econom
Feb 04, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: economics
Crossing the Energy Divide provides a great look at how the transition from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy can be achieved. It is not simply a rehashing of what changes need to be made but provides an in-depth look at what incremental changes are needed to get there. It includes a look at nuclear power, localized grids, and changes to solar operations to help generate more sustainable futures. It really takes a political economy analysis which is unique among most writers in this subjec ...more
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Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro Superar la encrucijada energética, de Robert U. Ayres y Ed Ayres.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: management, responsabilidad social corporativa.
En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro Superar la encrucijada energética, Propuestas de eficiencia energética para empresas y gobiernos: Superar la encrucijada energética
Feb 10, 2010 Gavin rated it liked it
Like similar books from this genre, nothing but a lot of grandiose ideas with minimal concrete policy ideas to get there. The book should be about half the length. It was highly repetitive and at times overly preachy and whiney. I appreciate books that want to promote a cause and motivate people to action, but this only motivates page skipping and frustration with a lack of real ideas.
Mar 20, 2012 Eduardo rated it really liked it
A sober and scientifically-backed reading that covers the necessary steps to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels while the alternative energies are being developed. Excellent reading, although quite technical, which describes that our best options at the time being are optimization, energy recapture, decentralization, to improve water management and to adapt ourselves to climate change.
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Apr 23, 2011 June Lin rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of good points and data, but it should have been half the length. Waaaaay too repetitive.
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Pretty boring. Learned stuff though.
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Robert U Ayres is an American physicist and economist who went to the University of Chicago hoping to study with Fermi, but wrote his doctoral thesis at King’s College London. He has written or co-authored some twenty books and two hundred scholarly papers in a long career in the United States and Europe. He is an emeritus professor based in Paris. He has had a 40-year interest in the Shakespeare ...more
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