A Cubic Mile of Oil: Realities and Options for Averting the Looming Global Energy Crisis
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A Cubic Mile of Oil: Realities and Options for Averting the Looming Global Energy Crisis

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One cubic mile of oil (CMO) corresponds very closely to the world's current total annual consumption of crude oil. The world's total annual energy consumption - from all energy sources- is currently 3.0 CMO. By the middle of this century the world will need between 6 and 9 CMO of energy per year to provide for its citizens. Adequate energy is needed remove the scourge of p...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published July 15th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 26th 2010)
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As a preliminary disclosure, I'm friends with one of the author's nieces, though I've never spoken with any of the authors.
The authors' idea of converting energy consumption into a universal unit was very helpful. Comparing watts from a solar panel to barrels per day of oil output to tons of coal is near impossible. The authors took all that information and put everything into how many cubic miles of oil humans use per year. This unit is used throughout the book to make comparisons between the v...more
Concise book looking at the global options for energy supply over the next 40 years. In some ways similar to MacKay's Without Hot Air, it does the accountancy at the global generation level rather than the mix of national and personal of Without Hot Air. This makes it a better book on the issues, but slightly less good when relating to specific policy issues.

Having a single unit to talk about (The CMO mentioned in the title) really simplifies the book beyond Without Hot Air, and saves any conve...more
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