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Cool Energy Renewable Solutions to Environmental Problems

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By: M Brower
200 pages, 10 illus.
Publisher: MIT Press
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  • Cool Energy ISBN: 9780262521758 Paperback Sep 1992 Out of Print #21579
  • Cool Energy ISBN: 9780262023498 Hardback Dec 1992 Out of Print #21578
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Cool Energy provides a review of progress in the field of renewable energy technologies - solar, wind, biomass (plant matter), hydroelectric, and geothermal - since the mid-1980s. It analyzes their near-term and long-term potential to displace fossil fuels, and illuminates the role they could play in mitigating environmental problems such as air pollution, acid rain, and global warming. Energy-policy specialist Michael Brower argues that, with the right policies, renewable energy could provide as much as half of America's energy needs within 40 years. He identifies the market barriers that will have to be removed and argues that if the hidden costs of fossil fuels are taken into consideration, renewables appear to be a cheaper source of new energy than fossil fuels: the reliability and efficiency of their equipment have improved and the cost of installing, maintaining, and running renewable systems has declined. Brower devotes a chapter to each renewable energy source, describes its current application, and discusses its costs. He also analyzes new technologies under development and assesses their positive and negative attributes. Introductory chapters set renewables in the context of current energy and environmental policy, and the last chapter outlines steps that can help speed the transition to a renewable-energy economy.


The energy challenge; the renewable alternative; solar energy; wind energy; energy from rivers and oceans; geothermal energy; energy storage; policies for a renewable future. Appendices: units and conversion factors; US renewable energy funding; readings.

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Michael Brower is a physicist and holds the position of Research Director for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Out of Print
By: M Brower
200 pages, 10 illus.
Publisher: MIT Press
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