The Energy Gap available in paperback from Amazon

Our new book, The Energy Gap, is now available for purchase on Amazon.com. The Energy Gap is a book about energy—its history, where it comes from, how much the world has left and what it all means for the future of humanity. While mankind has been distracted by wars, disasters and threatened crises like global warming, a real crisis has been advancing upon all the people's of the world—a growing energy gap that threatens to eclipse all other problems that now consume our attention. At stake is human civilization itself, because without energy our machines will stop and our cities will go dark. The only thing that keeps war, plague and famine from sweeping across the globe is something most of us take for granted: inexpensive, abundant energy. The Energy Gap is your guide to the upcoming energy crisis and the political debates that are just starting to emerge.

Energy is the biggest problem that nobody is talking about. After 500 years of technological progress, humanity seems to have stumbled. All around the world, people's expectations are being lowered and austerity is the new watchword. Here is how we framed the problem in the preface:

The future is now looked upon by many with fear and trepidation. The technology that has served us so well is now suspect, the energy that powers our factories and lights our cities is viewed by many as a curse that is destroying nature and may even lead to our own destruction. The belief that each succeeding generation would enjoy a better quality of life than their parents has been called into question.

At the heart of this wave of lowered expectations and self loathing there is a growing problem, the shortfall between energy supplies and demand—an ever widening energy gap. And this is not just an American problem, every nation on Earth is scrambling to secure the energy their citizens require. At the same time, anti-globalization protesters, ecological activists, United Nations bureaucrats and meddling politicians are all using fear of climate change and the hunt for clean energy as a way to pursue their private agendas. In The Energy Gap, we will reveal where the problem lies and how to move forward to a safe, secure, and ecologically sound energy future using proven technology we already possess.

Written for a general readership audience, TEG contains many diagrams, charts and pictures, and a wealth of information. In it, all forms of energy are examined, including fossil fuels, nuclear, and alternative energy. The book is a trade paperback (6x9) of 400 pages, with 201 illustrations and more than 180 references. Here is the table of contents listing the titles of the various chapters:

Preface

Chapter 1 The Energy Gap
    Do we need an Energy Policy?
    Closing the Gap
Chapter 2 Sweat, Steam, Oil and Atoms
    Energy from an Ancient Sun
    Technology and Energy
    Oil Supplants Coal
    Dawn of the Nuclear Age
    Is Progress a Thing of the Past?
Chapter 3 Powered by Ancient Sunlight
    Energy and Power Defined
    Energy Content of Fuels
    Breaking Down World Energy Use
    Sustainability
Chapter 4 Coal
    Use of Coal
    The Darker Side of Coal
    World Coal Reserves
    Coal Summary
Chapter 5 Oil
    Use of Petroleum
    Pollution and the Environment
    World Oil Reserves
Chapter 6 Natural Gas
    Use of Natural Gas
    World Natural Gas Reserves
    Oil & Gas Summary
Chapter 7 Wind
    Early Uses of Wind
    Modern Wind Power
    Problems with Wind
    Wind Power In Practice
    Wind Power Summary
Chapter 8 Solar
    Historical Solar Power
    The Power of Sunshine
    Where the Sun Does Not Shine
    Solar Power Summary
Chapter 9 Other Sources of Green Energy
    Hydro-electric Power
    Geothermal Power
    Wave & Tide Power
    Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
    Advanced Biomass Combustion
    Renewable Power Summary
Chapter 10 Nuclear Power
    The First Atomic Pile
    Burning Uranium
    Nuclear Power Today
    New Directions in Nuclear Power
Chapter 11 New Types of Reactors
    Near-term Reactor Options
    Generation IV: The Most Promising Systems
    Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor (SFR)
    Very-High-Temperature Reactor (VHTR)
    Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GFR)
    Molten Salt Reactor (MSR)
    Supercritical-Water-Cooled Reactor (SCWR)
    Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor (LFR)
    And The Winner Is...
Chapter 12 The Nuclear Future
    Handling Nuclear Waste
    Open vs Closed Fuel Cycles
    Disposing of Nuclear Waste
    Nuclear Alternatives
    Nuclear Power Summary
Chapter 13 The Transportation Conundrum
    Ethanol & Biodiesel
    Hybrids, Plug-ins and Electrics
    Aviation & Alternative Fuels
    Hydrogen as a Fuel
    Transportation Summary
Chapter 14 The New Energy Grid
    The US Power Grid
    A New Smart Grid
    Energy Grid Summary
Chapter 15 Conservation & Efficiency
    Conserving Energy
    Residential
    Commercial
    Manufacturing
    Conservation Summary
Chapter 16 The Politics of Energy
    The True Cost of Oil
    NIMBY becomes BANANA
    The Cap & Trade Scam
    A Glimmer of Hope
Chapter 17 Closing the Energy Gap
    Why Renewable Energy Falls Short
    A Rational Approach
    The Cost
    Summary
Chapter 18 A Future So Bright

Appendix A: US Energy by Source
Appendix B: CEC Levelized Energy Costs
Appendix C: EIA 2030 Predictions
Appendix D: History of Technology
Appendix E: US Energy Policy Timeline
Alphabetical Index
References

This is not just a book about current energy policy, it is a book about the amazing discoveries and inventions people have made while building our global, high-tech world. You will find interesting facts and historical tidbits such as:

  • Cooking, made possible by the mastery of fire, helped make us human.
  • The Chinese used bamboo to construct gas pipelines thousands of years ago.
  • The true meaning of the term SCRAM.
  • The first electric hybrid car was designed by Porsche, in 1901.
  • Wind power is deadlier than nuclear power, and solar is even worse.
  • The United States is the world's largest producer of geothermal energy.
  • Energy savings from “smart grid” technology are less than changing to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • There are new nuclear reactors that do not run on uranium or plutonium.
  • Environmentalists are blocking the use of solar and wind power.

These, and hundreds of other useful facts, are presented in the pages of The Energy Gap. Most importantly, we outline a plan that will solve future energy problems in an environmentally responsible way, while providing energy security at reasonable cost. Moreover, the Energy Gap Plan doesn't require any new breakthroughs or unproven, experimental energy sources—just proven, off the shelf technology. Just as we cut through the haze of politics and special interests in The Resilient Earth, this book strips the energy debate down to real science and practical engineering.

Wow!

I just got my copy of Energy Gap on Friday and is it ever an eye opener! The simple minded boosterism practiced by the press is obvious after reading this book. There are so many people who sound green but are really only in it to make money. This book should be required reading for senators and congressmen.