- Capa comum: 346 páginas
- Editora: Sandstone Publishing (22 de abril de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 099047920X
- ISBN-13: 978-0990479208
- Dimensões do produto: 19,1 x 1,8 x 23,5 cm
- Peso de envio: 612 g
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What I really like about this book is the way Stayton logically and methodically examines the history of energy and the pros and cons associated with each form. He boils down difficult concepts into easily digestible content. At the end of the book you have no choice but to agree with his assertion that solar energy is our only long term viable option. Before reading his book, I made a purely economical decision to install roof top solar on my house. Global warming did not induce me to make the change, but dollars and cents did. In my estimation, this is what will make solar a reality. With solar prices continuing to fall and the efficiency of solar panels continuing to increase, the tipping point has been reached and I expect to see more and more people make a personal economic decision in favor of solar.
The next big thing will be storage. I agree with Stayton's premise that utility companies will become power storage and distribution companies, not power generation companies. Wind and solar can produce excess capacity mid-day, but we need large scale storage to reduce and eventually eliminate fossil fuels from our energy mix. The most difficult challenge is providing people an economical and practical alternative to a gasoline powered car. Tesla is blazing the trail here, but until I can replace my SUV with a full size electric vehicle that can go 300+ miles between charges and there is an array of available quick charging stations, I will stick to my gas guzzler.
I highly recommend this book. On three separate occasions, I have used the knowledge gained from this book to engage people in thoughtful conversation on the topic of energy and why solar is our only long term ticket.
Don't let the seemingly science-heavy tech talk scare you away from this all-too-important discussion. Stayton's science know-how educates instead of alienating less tech-savvy readers, which is paramount to the book's success since the subject matter pertains to every single living creature on earth.
Stayton poignantly explains how we got where we are today, what's stopped us from making the changes we need to make and how we can practically usher in this exciting new (though really it's not remotely new) technology. It's certainly not something that can happen overnight, but it is something that can start happening today with your help. Solar energy is increasingly cost-effective, years beyond necessary and the most abundant, reliable energy source we've had or will ever have. With a shift to solar, we won't have to worry about another sweeping energy change until we move to Mars.
It's chock full of quirky, insightful, entertaining nuggets of dinner party conversation fodder reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell, par example:
* The first car built by Ferdinand Porsche was electric (1898).
* The average US city holds three days' worth of food on grocery shelves.
* Replacing every US farm tractor in use today with horses would require 250M horses.
This book will literally change your life, leaving you inspired, educated and armed to find easy, short term solutions plus longterm necessary solutions preserving the benefits we reap from modern technology without compromising future generations' quality of life.
The first part of the book sets the premise for his conclusions. You have to be educated to "energy eyes" when you look at your world. Once you put on these spectacles you see energy in a totally different light. ( No pun intended.) This really illuminated the need to switch from "heat" engines and machines with all their problems, to electric engines and machines with all their benefits. And guess what - you can power the later with solar!!!
Thought provoking book backed up with science and studies not fear tactics. Well done.
Jon Dittrich. Knoxville, Tennessee
Anyone involved in the climate debate or the impact of fossil fuel use on the climate should read this book. Our educators should read this book. In fact, I would recommend everybody read this book.
Don't think that because Stayton provides a clear and concise explanation of the science and evolution of energy use by humans that this book will not inform the scientific community. I have a Ph.D. in Mathematics, a rich history of study in the physical sciences, and a lifelong career as a computer scientist yet every page of this book managed to inform me in ways I had not previously connected.
This may be the most important book of our time. Read it.