We are in the midst of an enormous global energy transition happening before our eyes. Alternative energy forms including solar, wind, water, and bio-fuels are challenging the established energy sources that have fuelled the industrial era for the past century.
As we look to this century’s energy future an examination of the past is important to understand how these choices will be made. What political, economic, and ethical lessons can be learned from how coal, oil, and natural gas became the power of the 20th century? Are those lessons instrumental in determining future decisions about emerging alternative energy choices?
The opportunities and the risks involved in making, or not making these choices are enormous. Through case studies and examples of past and present development of energy sources, the story is told of the global energy industry. In its telling Energy, Economics, and Ethics wrestles with many of the difficult questions at the heart of the emerging global energy transition
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Measurements: Making Sense of Kilowatts and Carbon
Chapter One: Introduction - An Empty Lakebed
Chapter Two: The Development and Challenges of Fossil Fuels
Chapter Three: Germany’s Energy Story
Chapter Five: China’s Energy Story
Chapter Six: India’s Energy Story
Chapter Seven: The Future of Renewables, Nuclear, and Increased Efficiency
Chapter Eight: The Transition to Electric Vehicles
Chapter Nine: Carbon Pricing and Carbon Removal
Chapter Ten: Conclusion – A Pessimist and Optimist Perspective
Kenneth Martens Friesen is an Associate Professor of International Studies and History at Fresno Pacific University.
Energy, Economics, and Ethics: The Promise and Peril of a Global Energy Transition is accessible to students who require an overview on the history of fossil fuels and the possibility of an energy transition, and addresses the ethical dimension of the challenge of transitioning.