The promise of green jobs and a clean energy future has roused the masses. But as Robert Bryce makes clear in this provocative book, that vision needs a major re-vision. We cannotand will notquit using carbon-based fuels at any time in the near future for a simple reason: they provide the horsepower that we crave. The hard reality is that oil, coal, and natural gas are here to stay. Fueling our society requires more than sentiment and rhetoric; we need to make good decisions and smart investments based on facts. In Power Hungry, Bryce provides a supertanker-load of footnoted facts while shepherding readers through basic physics and math. And with the help of a panoply of vivid graphics and tables, he crushes a phalanx of energy myths, showing why renewables are not green, carbon capture and sequestration wont work, and evensurprise!that the U. S. is leading the world in energy efficiency. He also charts the amazing growth of the fuels of the future: natural gas and nuclear. Power Hungry delivers a clear-eyed view of what America has in the tank, and whats needed to transform the gargantuan global energy sector.
Robert Bryce is one of America's top energy journalists. His work has appeared in numerous publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to The Nation and Atlantic Monthly to Oklahoma Stripper. He is the author of Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron, named one of the best non-fiction books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly, Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, America's Superstate, and The Gusher Of Lies. Bryce is the managing editor of Energy Tribune. He lives in Austin.