The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy
By (author) Hermann Scheer
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Energy Autonomy by Hermann Scheer
Book DescriptionFor 200 years industrial civilization has relied on the combustion of abundant and cheap carbon fuels. But continued reliance has had perilous consequences. On the one hand there is the insecurity of relying on the world's most unstable region - the Middle East - compounded by the imminence of peak oil, growing scarcity and mounting prices. On the other, the potentially cataclysmic consequences of continuing to burn fossil fuels, as the evidence of accelerating climate change shows. Yet there is a solution: to make the transition to renewable sources of energy and distributed, decentralized energy generation. It is a model that has been proven, technologically, commercially and politically, as Scheer comprehensively demonstrates here. The alternative of a return to nuclear power - again being widely advocated - he shows to be compromised and illusory. The advantages of renewable energy are so clear and so overwhelming that resistance to them needs diagnosis - which Scheer also provides, showing why and how entrenched interests and one-dimensional structures of thinking oppose the transition, and what must be done to overcome these obstacles. The new book from the award-winning author of THE SOLAR ECONOMY and A SOLAR MANIFESTO demonstrates why the transition to renewable energy is essential and how it can be done.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844073559
(216mm x 138mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Earthscan Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hermann Scheer
Feed-in Tariffs, Paperback (April 2009)
A feed-in tariff is a renewable energy law that obliges energy suppliers to buy electricity produced from renewable resources at a fixed price, usually over a fixed period - even from householders. This title presents an introduction to feed-in laws, examining the experience of countries that have implemented this model.
Solar Manifesto, Paperback (April 2005)
Climate change, pollution, deforestation, destruction of the ozone layer, poverty and the population explosion are the problems created or exacerbated by the use of conventional energy. This title shows that this crisis may yet be reversed - but it can only be made to happen through a fundamental change in political and economic strategies.
Solar Economy, Paperback (May 2004)» View all books by Hermann Scheer
The global economy and our way of life are based on the exploitation of fossil fuels, which not only threaten massive environmental and social disruption through global warming. This book lays out the blueprints, showing how the political, economic and technological challenges can be met using indigenous, renewable and available resources.
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Author Biography - Hermann Scheer
DR HERMANN SCHEER is a member of the German Bundestag (Parliament) and President of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy. He is also General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy. In a career devoted to the replacement of nuclear and fossil fuels with environmentally sound energy sources, Dr Scheer has received numerous awards, including the World Solar Prize, the World Prize for BioEnergy, the World Wind Energy Award and the Alternative Nobel Prize. In 2002 Time Magazine recognized him as one of five 'Heroes for the Green Century'.
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