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The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, by Daniel Yergin

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The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern Worldthe quest
This is not a humble title, and this is not a humble book. Yergin spends roughly 800 pages providing an insightful encyclopedia to the whole of the energy world, including its history, different resources, the industry, and renewable technologies. From incredible research to entertaining anecdotes, this is a must-read for anyone involved with energy today.
Highlights:
p. 373: Yergin explains the link between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. I have long been a cautious proponent of nuclear energy, and this link is the main reason for my caution. Some of the places that could most benefit from nuclear energy are also politically unstable. Any expansion of nuclear energy could lead to further proliferation of nuclear energy. These pages explain why.
p. 467: The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it’s birth, near-death, and rescue
p. 518: The University of East Anglia and “Climate Gate”
p. 565: That challenges of systems integration, introducing new, renewable fuels to existing electricity grids
p. 652: Henry Ford and the first, ethanol-fueled vehicles

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July 23rd, 2013 at 11:45 am

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