Energy and electricity in industrial nations : the sociology and technology of energy / Allan Mazur.
Publication year: 2013.
Call Number HD9502 .M39 2013
Media class: Book
Edition: First edition.
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN: 9780415634410 0415634415 9780415634427 0415634423
Additional information: xviii, 227 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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"Energy is at the top of the list of environmental problems facing industrial society, and is arguably the one that has been handled least successfully, in part because politicians and the public do not understand the physical technologies, while the engineers and industrialists do not understand the societal forces in which they operate. In this book, Allan Mazur ... explains energy technologies for nontechnical readers and analyzes the sociology of energy. The book gives an overview of energy policy in industrialized countries including analysis of climate change, the development of electricity, forms of renewable energy and public perception of the issues. Energy is a key component to environment policy and to the workings of industrial society"--Page  of cover.
part 1. The big picture. The agrarian and industrial transformations -- Is the Malthusian trap imminent? Are other problems more worrisome? -- Energy and electricity flow in an industrial society -- Energy, electricity, and quality of life -- part 2. Energy sources and consumption : using more, and more, and more. Primary fossil fuels -- Non-carbon sources of energy -- Was growth of energy and electricity usage in industrial nations due more to population growth or to other causes? -- part 3. Electric power. Power grids -- America's three grids -- part 4. Energy controversies. Rationality, pro and con -- The dynamics of technical controversy -- People respond to news coverage -- part 5. Progress and regress. Attempted solutions -- What next?
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