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Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy

Paperback
, 392 pages

1 halftone, 37 line drawings

ISBN:
9781421418971
April 2016
$34.95

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Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy

Fifteen Contentious Questions

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Energy sustainability and climate change are two of the greatest challenges facing humankind. Unraveling these complex and interconnected issues demands careful and objective assessment. Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy aims to change the prevailing discourse by examining fifteen core energy questions from a variety of perspectives, demonstrating how, for each of them, no clear-cut answer exists.

Is industry the chief energy villain? Can we sustainably feed and fuel the planet at the same time? Is nuclear energy worth the risk? Should geoengineering be outlawed? Touching on pollution, climate mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency, government intervention, and energy security, the authors explore interrelated concepts of law, philosophy, ethics, technology, economics, psychology, sociology, and public policy.

This book offers a much-needed critical appraisal of the central energy technology and policy dilemmas of our time and the impact of these on multiple stakeholders.

Benjamin K. Sovacool is the director of the Center for Energy Technologies, a professor of business and social sciences at Aarhus University, and a professor of energy policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Marilyn A. Brown is an endowed professor of sustainable systems in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She created and leads the Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory. Scott V. Valentine is an associate professor in the School of Energy and Environment and the Department of Public Policy at the City University of Hong Kong.

"Recommended... General readers through faculty."

"The idea behind this book is excellent - to bring to a wider audience issues relating to energy policy for which no clear-cut answers exist. The writing is clear, and the style aimed at the educated citizen as well as the student."

"Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: Fifteen Contentious Questions is that rare book that should, and must, be read by a wide audience: undergraduate and graduate students, policymakers (or at least their staffers), industry representatives, and leaders of an array of energy-focused and/or environmental non-governmental organizations... the importance of the ideas in this book, its clear and accessible writing, and the timeliness of its publication should make it required reading for decision-makers in energy and environment policy and practice.""

"The book provides a valuable resource for stimulating discussion and debate in university and senior secondary school classes, and in the community at large."

"Designed as a popular guide to a selection of controversies, this book takes stock of topics that people argue about when they argue about energy.  Its central contribution is to show that green debates are made of black and white and many shades of grey.  It will be useful reading for students, researchers and even practitioners."

"In this era of polarization and simplistic debates, this book provides a refreshingly candid, nuanced, and balanced treatment of the most difficult energy choices. Insightful, penetrating and even witty, this work is the perfect antidote to your typical energy book."

"Energy is no less about facts, data, and choices than about frames, beliefs, and attitudes. This unique, wide-ranging, and valuable compilation delves beneath the surface of diverse energy controversies to reveal what is really at issue and at stake."

"Written by some of the most highly regarded energy policy experts active today, this deeply researched book displays an impressive command of a wide range of topics and literatures."

"A balanced and stimulating treatment of fifteen major energy policy questions, especially well designed for enriching student discussion."

"[Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy] urges policymakers and the general public to critically think on how to incorporate such diverse perspectives in a truly sustainable global energy policy."

"An essential guide to the international debate on how to create a more sustainable energy system by probing into some of the key areas of contention... [highly recommended] as a tour de force that will be of utility to students, researchers and practitioners seeking to better understand global energy policy."

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