08 Sep 2009
Richard Heinberg’s new book, Blackout, highlights our reliance on coaland exam-ines the implications, looking at tough energy questions thatare set to be crucial to the first half of this century.
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‘Richard Heinberg is an insightful and reliable guide
to the subject and his conclusions are spot on.‘
David Orr ñ author of Earth in Mind’
Coal is still widely used for electricity production but of all the fossil fuels, it is the number one villain in terms of carbon emissions. The UK draws 30 per cent of its electricity from coal and the USA generates 50 per cent. The intense economic growth of China and India that has been taking place, is based almost entirely on coal-generated electricity.
Richard Heinberg’s new book, Blackout, highlights our reliance on coal and examines the implications, looking at tough energy questions that are set to be crucial to the first half of this century.
Considering the issue of fossil fuel use within the challenge of climate change, the author also investigates the specific problems of cost and scarcity. The book concludes with an outline of potential scenarios for a future beyond coal.
Richard Heinberg is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators and is an acclaimed author of seven books. Blackout is key reading for anyone concerned about energy security, oil depletion and climate change.
Blackout: Coal, Climate
and the Last Energy Crisis’
by Richard Heinberg
Published by Clairview Books Ltd
Price £12.99 ISBN 978 1 905570 20 1
Contact: Clairview Books Ltd.
Hillside House, The Square,
Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5ES
Tel: 0870 486 3526
Photo: © New Society Publishers
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