Energy in a Changing Climate

Chapter Titles
Part One — Overview of Energy 17

1 What is a Watt? 19
2 Cooking with Gas 32
3 The ‘Good Oil’ on Oil 36
4 Coal — Smoke Signals on Solid Fuels 42
5 Going Nuclear 46
6 –11 A Renewed Look at Renewables 52
6 The Sun Shines on Solar Power 54
7 The Answer is (Well Maybe) Blowing in the Wind 59
8 Hydropower — an Old Solution to a New Problem? 63
9 Geothermal — Hot Rocks Can Get You Steamed Up! 67
10 Biomass — Plant Power! 71
11 Hydrogen — the Great Hope or Fool’s Gold? 75

Part Two — The Changing Climate 79

12 A Peek at Peak Oil 80
13 Feel the Heat! 89
14 Technology to the Rescue? 97
15 We Can’t Escape the Politics 116
16 Trading, Taxing, Offsets and Other Inducements 132
17 The Price We Have to Pay 146

Part Three — The Future of Energy 154

18 What’s Needed to Save the Planet? 156
19 Getting More From Less 165
20 Energy Without Carbon 169
21 What Next for the Watt? 172
22 Where to for Transport? 185
23 Building Better Buildings 202
24 The Nuclear Explosion 206
25 The Sun Will Always Shine and the Wind Will Always Blow
(at Least Some of the Time) 211
26 Is There Still Hope? 217
 Copyright © Martin Nicholson 2013