Book Review Power Hungry

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Book Review: Power

There is no more complex or topic than energy . Bryce

As I began to work on my of Robert Bryce s latest Power Hungry: The Myths of Energy and the Real Fuels of the it became less a traditional and more a summary/commentary on some of the key in the book. For most readers of book, there will be you will strongly agree but also things that you he gets wrong. There definitely be things that you are to learn, and there will be that you won t believe.

But if you approach book with an open you will find yourself some things you have for granted.

The book is divided four parts. In Part I, Our for Power , Bryce puts our usage into context. He some time explaining units of energy what are, what they where they came and how to convert them and then to convey the scale of our energy to readers.

Bryce demonstrates a good comprehension of the issues of and energy density. Part I is not and will be very educational for people.

In Part II, Bryce getting into The Myths of Energy. The discussions in Part II on wind and solar power, T. Pickens, Denmark, energy electric cars, cellulosic carbon taxes, and carbon sequestration. (For balance, I like to see Myths of Fossil ) He touches upon practically renewable energy media but his wind power critique was pointed (more below).

III, The Power of N2N , discusses the the which Bryce believes be dominated by a continuing movement natural gas and nuclear power. in Part IV, Moving Forward , puts forth some on policies that would in a more forward-looking energy

On Wind Power

Bryce no doubt where he stands on power. First let me say that I am not an in wind energy, so perhaps the industry has rebuttals to Bryce s But he details several potential with wind power, noise, bird kills, and that leads to inefficiencies as power plants are cycled up and

He cited a report that that the resource requirements for power are very high. In a wind farm to a nuclear plant, the report stated per megawatt of power produced it 9.6 times more concrete and times more steel for the farm.

Bryce points out in which ExxonMobil and PacifiCorp successfully prosecuted under the Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) for bird kills in their cases that were justified according to Bryce. He points out that the number of killed by wind turbines those killed in these two yet he says that the wind has been exempted from action under both the and the Bald and Golden Eagle Act. Bryce points out the double standard: ExxonMobil was for killing 85 birds, and the wind at Altamont Pass, California more than 100 times number every year fear of prosecution.

Here, takes on what he argues are myths in Denmark Myth: Provides an Energy Model for the (As with my arguments around myths. the criticism is the myth what they have is a model for the U.S.). He first out that it is true that doesn t import oil, but the fact that their oil developments in the North Sea bring in as oil as the citizens use (similar to Brazil per capita consumption and production of oil are

Bryce writes that the get 48 times more energy hydrocarbons than from On the topic of coal, he argues the Danes are more dependent on than is the U.S. The Danes get 26% of primary energy from (all imported), while in the coal s share is 24.3% domestic). However, I would out that our primary energy is much higher in the U.S. and our usage of coal is far greater.

In the U.S. our coal usage in was 564 million tons, versus 4.1 tons for Denmark.

To be fair, he the Danes plenty of credit as for their energy policies. He out that electricity consumption is up in while they have their carbon emissions He points to several possible for that, including high taxes.

As an aside, Jeff recently weighed in with his on Denmark s emissions in an article in The and Mail:

While North carbon emissions have by around 30 per cent since (the reference point for the Accord), Denmark’s emissions are lower than they two decades ago. That’s ascribed to the fact that a 20 per cent of the power generated in comes from wind. commonly known is the source of the 80 per cent. I was surprised to discover it comes from good old Coal.

In fact, coal’s of power generation in Denmark’s grid is basically the same as it is in

How, then, has Denmark so successful in managing its carbon The answer lies not with the of power, but with the price of At 30 cents per kilowatt hour, costs anywhere from to five times what the North American would

And, not surprisingly, Danish consume a fraction of the power we do.

On Electric Cars

Bryce quite a bit of time discussing the that fully electric (as opposed to hybrids) will penetrate the mass market. argues that the hype electric cars has existed for 100 years, but that the fundamental of low energy density of the batteries has 50x the energy density of lithium-ion remains. He has a graphic of the energy of a number of energy sources, and the is sharp.

He quotes one of the lead designers of the Prius saying that to a car that s truly intended for the market will require a chemistry that does not yet

On Energy Efficiency

Bryce that the U.S. has been maligned over energy He wrote that between and 2006, U.S. carbon fell by 43.6% a larger than the EU-15 s 30.1% He points out that China, had a 64% drop over that Probably the reason for the performance of the and China in this case is our starting point was one of very efficiency.

It is going to be much to make big gains if you are already energy efficient.

Likewise, he the decline in per capita energy in the U.S. as being greater almost every other country in the world. While I that this is noteworthy, I also say it has a lot to do with our starting and there being a lot of low-hanging

Miscellaneous Myths

On T. Boone Pickens led a gullible media and an more gullible public to that the evils of foreign oil be overcome if only the public him with a few more subsidies for his pet

On cutting CO2 emissions: The carbon reduction targets being are pure fantasy. He also that the U.S. can t stop the rise in carbon emissions there are too many in the world living in energy poverty. (I similar arguments in Why We Will Address Global Warming ).

On capture and sequestration (CCS): He that viable CCS is a myth by the coal industry presumably to criticism of their carbon by suggesting that an answer is around the corner.

On taxing CO2: He argues I agree) that you will get world leaders to agree on a scheme to tax carbon dioxide. He several studies pointing to the with mercury and cadmium from coal-fired power and argues that curbing emissions is a more realistic

As far as where things are headed, mentions that many are forecasting peak oil now or in the not too distant He also discusses the potential for an peak in coal production. He the possibility of higher prices and pain, and he then takes up the of how our energy needs will be met as oil

That they will be he seems fairly certain.

He that our future energy will continue a trend, underway, of more nuclear and natural gas. He cites as a possibility, but believes air quality will favor nuclear and gas over coal. (I still that globally we will burn up all the coal we can get our hands

He sketches a path forward, he thinks will start natural gas due to the length of time it to get a nuclear plant built. On the hand he also believes natural gas will face in pushing forward because of the lobby. He covers some of the of natural gas regulations in the U.S. have set the industry back some of which I was unaware).

The beneficiary of the anti-gas regulations was the industry.

Bryce covers the of the shale gas industry, and draws between earlier cries of gas is here to today s cries of oil is here. The lesson he is trying to is that you can t anticipate technology But his future has us strongly embracing power as the energy source the lowest impact on the environment. trend is already underway in other parts of the world, and believes it is inevitable that it play out like that in the

Some have suggested Bryce s agenda is to promote fuels. It is true that at in the book Bryce sounds he is advocating on behalf of the oil industry and the far (e.g. we need to use more, not oil ), but there are also times his position would be identical to of Greenpeace and those on the far left citing the many downsides of the oil and industry, or the need to save the gorilla in the Congo). At the end of the day as I try to remind it really doesn t matter who is an argument. What matters is the itself.

It should stand or on its merits, and not because you may think the making it has ulterior motives.

I read a book, there are two that I am looking for. I want to learn things I t know. Second, I want to about things in a new way. latter is why I like science Power Hungry passes on counts.

There was a lot in the book I didn t know (e.g. s dependence on imported coal). But I want arguments that my way of thinking and cause me to take a look at certain positions.

I got from this book.

Two Guys from Oklahoma

Bryce and I have a lot in common. We both born and raised in both graduated from universities in Texas and both in Texas for many years he still resides). We are both with one daughter and two sons all of were born in Texas.

We spend a lot of time debunking we feel are myths. We are realistic the use of fossil fuels; we recognize the but also know that fossil fuels have us with incredible comfort, and opportunities that they continue to play a central in our Western lifestyle, and will be by the developing world.

Where I think we differ is in our On the surface, we might appear to be the Two guys who pull no punches in people they are deluding with a Gusher of Lies or of Green Energy. But dig a little and you start to find some differences in our positions and in our respective

Someone told me once they believed that I wearing the black hat. s actually not true. Generally when I am debunking myths I am to leave open a window for

Instead of Gusher of Lies, I have probably gone the less catchy title of Things that Appear to Been Exaggerated. The stuff I just isn t as edgy as the stuff he

If I see my views misrepresented on a website, I may in to defend myself. I don t like to see turning up on enemies lists. If calls me a shill for big oil, I am to stop and defend my record. But I don t Bryce cares what the he is criticizing think about

I think he really does wearing the black hat, and he it well in this book.

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