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Pawā Hangurī: Genjitsu O Chokushi Shite Enerugī Mondai O Kangaeru

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429 pages
Published 2011 by Eijishuppan (first published March 30th 2010)
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Steve
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: renewables
An excellent book that gives the facts on our dependency on coal and oil. Bryce recommends natural gas as an interim solution that leads to nuclear.

In the light of Fukashima, I doubt that any democratically-elected government is brave enough to launch nuclear power plant construction, and in most countries, the population will be highly sceptical of shale gas extraction, which involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into the area where there might be aquifers.

I did not agree with him on two p
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Vanessa
Mar 14, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research
"I'm not opposed to environmental protection. Far from it: I'm a bird watcher and a beekeeper. But now that I've reached middle age, I've finally learned how to use a calculator. Using that device -- as well as a bunch of Excel spreadsheets and basic textbooks on physics -- has forced me to become a realist on energy issues. And therein lies my frustration: As I've become more pragmatic, our public discourse about energy and energy policy has gone the other way. Discussion about energy matters - ...more
E
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few subjects carry as much doomsday weight as the battle over the future of global energy. Climate-change Cassandras and deniers, offshore-oil advocates and their opponents, all jostle for position amid a general consensus that the nations of the world need to move sooner rather than later to renewable sources of energy. But energy expert Robert Bryce, in more than 400 heavily footnoted, graphics-packed pages, simply whips out his calculator and does the math, with devastating results for that b ...more
Bojan Tunguz
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Green energy," "climate change," "environment," "sustainability" are some of the very prominent buzzwords that that pup up with some frequency in the media these days. The planet is in grave peril, and unless we do something drastic about it we are all going to die. Or something to that effect. And the drastic measure almost always means abandoning fossil fuels, and replacing them with "sustainable" sources of energy, such as biomass, wind, solar, etc. Putting aside the validity of the danger t ...more
Zachariah
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inconsistent feeling writing and tone and rhetoric. It often felt like he was making one point, and then later he would say something else that seemed to go against or strongly qualify the implications of what he was saying. Also there was a significant lack of discussions about solar.

But the fundamentals of his thesis ring true and the details were thought provoking and informative. I had already started to suspect the idea that wind/solar just can't be enough through graphs/charts/maps I've s
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Chris
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, funny, realistic view of the well-intended but hopelessly unscientific energy ideas put up by politicians, energy people, hucksters and environmentalists. Dense high energy sources are coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear. Period. Solar, wind, ethanol, saw grass, etc. will never handle much more that niche power. Nothing is a free lunch either. From the huge land mass footprint for wind turbines to the carving up of food growing resources for the god awful ethanol lobby (an incredibly ...more
Carolyn
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Solid defense of the oil and gas industry with a well-argued pitch for nuclear power. Good use of calculations and graphs to explain the comparative energy density of each fuel source. Strong use of end notes make it easy to find and refer to source material.

What I like about "Power Hungry" is that it is firmly rooted in practicality - we need energy. Too often I think the "green" movements hurt their cause by not acknowledging the real-world strictures on their visions for ending the primacy of
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Paul
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business-energy
Good facts about overall energy issues. I do not agree with all the conclusions, however getting the facts is always a good thing. Even if you question the authors facts at least you know what to ask.

My take away energy=transportation=standard of living=commerce. All energy sources have pros/cons that must be dealt with. There is no magic bullet.
Kyle Sala
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Bryce definitely does his research and provides a "this is the reality whether or not you (we) want to believe it."

Everyone may not agree with his mentality, but with an open mind, this book is very illuminating and a good starting point for further research.

People may dismiss him as a "climate change denier" because he writes off wind and solar, which is unfair. The point he makes is that, we cannot, with current technology, run the US off solar and wind, and have the same standard of li
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Luca Bertagnolio
Power Hungry is an excellent primer on energy, specifically for all those who have been led to believe that there is a future by only using the "green" renewables that modern day propaganda seem to like so much.

First and foremost, it clarifies the difference between energy and power, and why we should not really care about energy per se, but rather focusing on power.

The introduction of the "Four Imperatives" then becomes a measuring scale to understand why we must have a mixed balance in our ene
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Tso William
I felt less guilt (or even guiltless) when I turn on the air conditioner at the maximum low temperature, or to switch on the TV while I am not watching it (disregarding the issue of electricity bills), because, despite the claims of the doomsaying environmentalists, coals and oils are abundant enough for consumption in the next few decades at least. In the future, natural gas and nuclear energy, rather than wind or solar energy, will continue to provide cheap and abundant energy for humanity.

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Skipr
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bryce persuaded me that--like it or not--we (the entire world) are going to be using fossil fuels, a.k.a. hydrocarbons (oil, gas, coal) for many decades to come. Those of us in rich countries are not going to give up reliable, 24/7, affordable electricity and the living standards that come with it. And, emerging economic powerhouses such as China and India, not to mention developing nations currently mired in poverty, are not going cut back on their hydrocarbon consumption. Why not? Bryce presen ...more
Skylar Burris
May 27, 2010 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
I sampled the Introduction and the first two chapters on Kindle. The introduction reads like a high school creative writing exercise, or like most of the mediocre writing of modern journalists, with lines such as “Shortly before Eric Anderson, the tall, boyish-looking manager of Cardinal Mine…” It gets better after that, however. It looks like the book will contain lots of clear, logical arguments and statistical support. But I doubt I will buy it or even check it out. I got the main point in th ...more
Ryan Rommann
Ultimately, I found myself in agreement with many of Bryce's remarks. Alternative energy is definitely hyped and when compared on a cost-density basis, can't compete against typical hydrocarbons. He brings some of the bitter truths of our energy landscape to light and should be required reading for those thinking wind, sun and water will be next year's power supply. And I think he's spot on about the N2N future.

However, Bryce's flippant consideration of the competing opinions of green activists
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Nick Lo
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Energy issue neophytes
A lack of solid knowledge about energy issues, together with my suspicion that there was a level of naivety in local debates about coal seam gas, prompted me to pick up this book in our local library. I'm glad I did and I'm also glad that the book was a lot more pragmatic than the cover and title suggests.

Having read as many negative reviews as I could find I was on the look out for sections that seemed misleading. There were some such as the energy efficiency chapter using relative rather than
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Jamie Belanger
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Power Hungry debunks many myths about so-called "green" technologies using simple math and easily verifiable statistics. While the text is sometimes dry, the numbers and the conclusions they indicate kept me turning pages. My only problem with the book is that there are a lot of repetitive phrases used -- mostly "In other words," and "To put it another way." The author uses these phrases several times per chapter and, in my opinion, it filled the book with a lot of unnecessary duplicate explanat ...more
Dennis Maley
The first five chapters sound like my brother wrote them. He's a pertoleum ingineer. This was a selection of my book club, ordinarily I wouldn't read it. I probably agree with most of what's said, but the style of saying it is almost oppressive.

Update: after the first five chapters, the book becomes more enjoyable to read. Not so dense with facts and statistics. Saw my brother over the weekend, he's actual met and dined with the author. I think it was some kind of rubber chicken meal at a confer
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Jrobertus
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bryce dissects America's power needs, production, and politics. He shows that "green" energy like wind and solar can never meet our power needs and can only augment traditional, high density power sources. He champions natural gas as the lowest carbon fossil fuel and nuclear as the future. He has an axe to grind but I think what he says is basically on tract. This book makes an important contribution to the debate our nation is having about power and shows how we are wasting time and resources o ...more
Andy
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written and readable. Bryce gives a great perspective on the truly enormous amount of energy we use and why that is a good thing. He applies critical thinking to all the green energy schemes out there and then provides a solution to our future energy needs. You'll learn about the four imperatives of energy and the difference between energy and power, and why green energy will never be more than an oddity. There are some historical gems in his book that really help you understand energy ...more
Amy
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engineering
As with this author's other volume (Gusher of Lies), I didn't agree with all of his opinions/conclusions. He is a bit inconsistent in that regard, in that he first says we should get government out of the energy business, but then goes on to recommend that government incentivize gas and nuclear. Those are great energy sources, but government shouldn't be incentivizing or otherwise meddling with energy choices at all. Otherwise, the book is well researched and I enjoyed the facts and statistics.
Stephen
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Bryce has here a book of facts that are very useful to the debate on energy in the United States which has too much political pandering, pork, and incorrect impressions about energy. Half of the book is about debunking green energy myths, and Bryce does a good job doing that. I didn't think of such a thing as "energy sprawl," and that every source of energy has a cost to the environment. There are too many things to list in a paragraph that I learned form this book. A very worthwhile book ...more
Zohair
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Bryce makes very convincing arguments for hydrocarbons and against "green" energy. Personally I am opposed to anything that requires a subsidy to make it economically feasible and I would imagine it to be a bubble waiting to burst. But Bryce sheds light on the technological flaws of green energy and explains that hydrocarbons and nuclear are the right way to go.

Even if you are green this is recommended reading, if just to get the opposing viewpoint.
Brandur
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book detailing the current state of power in the world, specifically the United States. It showcases nuclear energy prominently as the future of power, and explains why gas and coal will likely always play an important role in the grid (proponent of N2N, "natural gas to nuclear"). Green energy is covered in detail and shown to mostly be good meaning, but ultimately not practical for the real world. Conjectures are supported by hard facts and numbers throughout.
Jani-Petri
Some interesting stuff, but lots of idiotic statements about climate change suggesting controversy among scientists when there is none...beyond isolated contrarians and crackpots. Favors natural gas and nuclear power and the only way he can square the support for gas is by downplaying climate change risks.
Prctaxman
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Wow, does this book systematically open one's eyes and destroy a whole bunch of myths, simultaneously! This is an essential read! I'm plodding through it, slowly but will read it all! LL 11 July 2010 GZ
Garret Seinen
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book on what power means to our modern world. He is an unabashed advocate of using carbon based energy and has a clearly thought out sense of why 'green' energy is far from replacing oil.
steven
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Power Hungry is a thoroughly researched and cited, well reasoned, non-partisan overview of our energy present and future. The book provides a great overview of global energy use for any reader without a deep background in the industry.
David R.
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, economics
Bryce has established himself as a passionate educator on energy and in this book breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of a number of energy sources. Bryce delivers a surprising lucid read and one that is desperately needed when so many nonsensical contentions are being made.
Brian
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: environmental
Great book on the state of energy in our world and the possibilities of future energy sources. Bryce definitely has a view on energy that many "environmentalists" might disagree with (especially regarding nuclear energy) but I found his arguments well thought out.
David
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know more about the "Green" energy movement read this book. Explains the numbers and facts of how many resources are used by green energy. Coal is not the best fuel but good for the moment. Natural gas and nuclear are the fuels of the future.
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Robert Bryce has written three books, his newest being Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence. He was hailed as a 'visionary' by the New York Times, a fact he often repeats to his children and his dog, Biscuit.
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