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By gpig (Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 12:14:02 PM EST) energy, climate change, book, what we need more of is science (all tags)
Sustainable Energy - Without The Hot Air, by David JC MacKay

Book review



I was going to write a review of this book, however I find that famous freedom advocate and internet poser Cory Doctorow has written pretty much what I was going to write. My capsule review, then: this book brings hard numbers and a good helping of basic science to the problem of energy supply, and consequently climate change. (I should note that he's primarily concerned with energy supply, but the two problems are intertwined).

The book is available for free download from the author's website, or for twenty quid from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

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the two problems are intertwined by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 12:43:12 PM EST
Not in the US, which has enough coal for a couple hundred years.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Sustainable by gpig (4.00 / 2) #2 Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 12:51:01 PM EST
For good or ill, Prof MacKay defines 'sustainable' as lasting for a time period not less than 1000 years.

Also, playing devil's advocate, oil and natural gas will run likely run low before then. I doubt that the 200-year estimate accounts for coal being used to replace other exhausted energy sources.
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The says reserves of coal will last 250 years ... by lm (4.00 / 2) #3 Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 01:42:05 PM EST
... at present rates of consumption. Not only does that not account for coal substituting for other fossil fuels but it also doesn't account for the general trend of increased consumption of electricity as population grows, suburbs and exurbs continue to enlarge, the average size of new homes continues to increase.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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At present levels of use? by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 04:18:30 PM EST
That would suggest economic stagnation as growth would lessen the supply.

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