Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines
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
There were many valid and solid points. With an updated version it would get four stars.
"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
Author Richard Muller takes a novel approach with his book on energy, taking the position that he is briefing you on the basics of energy in order to prepare you for your presidential run and all the decisions you'll need ...more
The author is also somewhat of a global warming denier, insisting that he isn't. Despite his "Berkeley Earth" findings, he oddly claims that polar ice-melt isn't conclusively due to temperature. I also think he's far too optimistic about gas fracking ...more
A few negati ...more
The main two downsides are (1) that the book was published seven years ago and is already in some re ...more
The incredible aspect of this is how unlikely any future president might read and actually understand the claculations here.
I would love to read a critique of this text by another as brilliant physicist.
Very informative and an easy read for such a heavy topic. Recommend to anyone interested in the future of energy. Also reviews global warming and what everyone should know about it.
I get the whole jovial expository shit is meant to make the subject of global energy policy along with its historical corollaries more accessible/relevant to a quotidian readership but it comes across so fucking infuriatingly: making histrionic baby talk out of it, it’s insulting.
Although written in 2012, some of the views are still valued until today:
- Why Solar, Wind are not effective
- Why energy disasters are overreacted
- Why nuclear is not as serious as it is
- Why biodegradable products are bad (yes they are)
- Why electric and hybrid cars are expensive and ineffective
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
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