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 ...more
"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 cleave ...more
There were many valid and solid points. With an updated version it would get four stars.
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 frac ...more
The main two downsides are (1) that the book was published seven years ago and is already in some re ...more
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.
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.
Muller harps consistently on natural gas as the obvious outlet for ...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
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. Fasci ...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 ...more
It's main contribution is the effort in breaking some "myths" about Fukushima disaster (less cancer than commonly assumed), the risk of political over-reaction to some events (Mexican Gulf oil spill), nuclear energy security, global warming vs climate change (ag ...more