May 16, 2008

Book Review - Energy

Energy: Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability
ed by Robert Bent, Lloyd Orr, and Randall Baker
TJ 163.2 .E4865 2002

Over the last few years, we have seen energy prices fluctuating wildly. Recently, the price of fossil fuels, particularly oil, is climbing dramatically. As the world's biggest consumer of fossil fuels energy, it is a key player in the world's energy markets. A Federal energy policy is becoming an increasing concern as these rising prices reveal America's dependence on foreign oil supplies, raising questions about our self-sufficiency and national security. This book offers an introduction to the energy "problem" facing the United States. Individual chapters point out the link between energy use and environmental problems, cultural factors involved in energy use, the role of energy in economic growth, and context for the current position that America faces, both compared to other nations and its own past and future. While thoroughly referenced and reliant on data, this book is written in a style to be accessible to the non-scientist.