Boyle, G., B. Everett, and J. Ramage, eds. 2003. Energy Systems and Sustainability. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. 619 pp.
This book provides an overview of energy systems and their social, political, economic, and environmental impact. It examines the various energy resources used throughout most of the world, provides a basic overview of how energy systems work, explains the economics involved in energy provision and distribution, and assesses the use of these resources within the context of sustain-ability. This is a good reference for students who require a broad overview of current energy dynamics.
Claussen, E., ed. 2001. Climate Change: Science, Strategies, and Solutions. Pew Center on Global Change. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. 399 pp.
This book is a useful overview on the issue of global warming. It provides a summary of the science, economics, global strategies, and solutions associated with climate change. It compiles information provided by top researchers around the world and is an ideal reference for students and scholars who need to understand all aspects of global climate change.
Convery, F. J. 1998. A Guide to Policies for Energy Conservation: The European Experience. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar Publishing. 169 pp.
This book analyzes energy conservation initiatives and policies in Europe. It examines case studies of government investment and subsidies in energy conservation measures, the European Union's experience with combined heat and power, demand-side management, and the role of institutions in energy conservation. This book is a useful reference for students who wish to understand the impact of energy conservation policies.
Doyle, J. 2000. Taken for a Ride: Detroit's Big Three and the Politics of Pollution. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows. 560 pp.
This book examines the influence of large automobile manufacturing companies on air quality policies, fuel efficiency, and emission standards imposed by the federal government. It describes the lobbying tactics used by General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler (the "Big Three" of the auto industry) to delay the implementation of pollution enforcement and the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. This book is a good resource for students who are interested in corporate influence on environmental regulations and provides an interesting investigative case study into the links between business and government.
Elliot, D. 1997. Energy, Society and Environment: Technology for a Sustainable Future. London, England: Routledge. 252 pp.
This book examines the environmental impacts of energy use in society and potential solutions. It reviews major environmental problems (e.g., air pollution, acid deposition, etc.), examines the technological "fixes" that have been introduced to deal with these problems, describes sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels and the issues of implementing sustainable programs, and outlines the necessary steps for addressing energy problems by building sustainable societies. This book is a good reference for those who wish to understand the link between energy technologies and sustainable progress.
Ewing, R. A., and D. Pratt. 2005. Got Sun? Go Solar: Get Free Renewable Energy to Power Your Grid-Tied Home. Masonville, CO: PixyJack Press. 159 pp.
This book is a practical how-to guide to the installation of renewable energy systems in typical residential dwellings. It covers equipment requirements, legal issues, incentives and rebates, and permit requirements. It serves as a useful guide for people wanting to use alternative energy sources in their grid or nongrid-connected homes.
Gellar, H. S. 2003. Energy Revolution: Policies for a Sustainable Future. Washington, DC: Island Press. 289 pp.
This book examines the technological, policy, and economic considerations required for building sustainable energy systems. It examines barriers that prevent the dissemination of energy-efficient technologies, discusses policy incentives and market reforms for promoting sustainable uses of energy, and analyzes successful, sustainable energy measures in developing and industrialized countries using Brazil and the United States as examples. This book is a useful resource for those who are interested in effective policy measures and market reforms for promoting alternative technologies.
Grubb, M., C. Vrolijk, and D. Brack. 1999. The Kyoto Protocol: A Guide and Assessment. London, England: Royal Institute of International Affairs, Energy and Environmental Programme. 342 pp.
This book is an assessment of the Kyoto Protocol. It provides an overview of the scientific, political, and legal foundations of the document, profiles of the players involved in the Kyoto negotiations, a description of the various commitments outlined for each of the players, an overview of mechanisms such as joint implementation and the clean development mechanism, and a projection of the challenges faced in implementing the Protocol. This book is a useful resource for anyone who wishes to understand the Kyoto Protocol.
Kaya, Y., and K. Yokobori, eds. 1997. Environment, Energy, and Economy: Strategies for Sustainability. Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University Press. 381 pp.
This book examines issues associated with development in the context of energy use, economics, and environmental problems. The contributors focus largely on climate change and potential impacts to energy markets in both developing and industrialized countries. Other topics look at the energy-economic interface, the social barriers that impede sustainable development, increasing energy consumption in developing countries, and technical developments in the area of decarbonization policies, leapfrogging strategies, and technology transfer. This book is an excellent reference for students who need an integrated and globalized approach to understanding energy in the context of economics and the environment.
Khagram, S. 2004. Dams and Development: Transnational Struggles for Water and Power. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 270 pp.
This book examines the issues associated with the construction of large dams for the purposes of hydropower and development. Using India's Narmada Projects as a case study, the author extrapolates his analysis of antidam movements to similar dam projects in other developing countries. Since water projects provide a substantial amount of electricity in the developing world and are likely to be pursued in the future, this book provides a timely overview of the human rights and environmental concerns associated with building large dams.
Kursunoglu, B. N., S. L. Mintz, and A. Perlmutter, eds. 2001. Global Warming and Energy Policy. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. 220 pp.
This book examines the issue of global warming within the context of energy policy. Contributors focus mainly on the issue of nuclear energy, its potential development in response to climate change concerns, the problems associated with heavier reliance on nuclear resources, and how trends of market restructuring in the electric utilities industry could impact nuclear power plant performance. This book is a good reference for those who want to understand the role of nuclear energy in the face of global climate change concerns.
Leggett, J. K. 2005. The Empty Tank: Oil, Gas, Hot Air, and the Coming Global Financial Catastrophe. New York: Random House. 236 pp.
This book examines the issue of a global energy crisis resulting from depleting sources of oil and natural gas. It describes the potential impact to financial markets and governments worldwide, explains how energy companies have avoided the issue of an energy crisis, and supports the development and widespread use of innovative energy technology to avoid a financial crash. This book is a good reference for those who are interested in the peak oil debate.
Lemco, J., ed. 1992. The Canada-United States Relationship: The Politics of Energy and Environmental Coordination. New York: Praeger. 222 pp.
This book examines the cross-border linkages between the United States and Canada in the areas of energy and environmental policy. It provides a comparative analysis of the policy approaches in each country, the transboundary conflict between the two regimes, the roles of business and government in regulating energy industries, and how environmental groups have impacted the energy sector in each country. This book is a useful resource for understanding the link between energy and environmental policy and how this link impacts relations between Canada and the United States, two important players that have shaped the energy dynamics of North America.
Morgenstern, R. D., and P. R. Portney, eds. 2004. New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Advice for the President. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future. 154 pp.
This book offers a number of innovative energy policy approaches to environmental problems. It touches on measures that impose carbon and gasoline taxes, support fuel efficiency initiatives, clean up emissions from power plants, refine air quality standards, promote green energy, and decrease U.S. reliance on oil. This book offers an excellent reference for students who want to learn about effective and equitable policy initiatives for environmental issues associated with energy use in society.
Pinderhughes, R. 2004. Alternative Urban Futures: Planning for Sustainable Development in Cities throughout the World. Lan-ham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 272 pp.
This book discusses policy approaches and technologies that can be used in the planning and development of urban areas. It focuses on water and waste management, energy production and use, and transportation and food systems, providing an overview of innovative technologies in each area. It examines ways in which city design and management can provide a high quality of life that is environmentally sustainable. This book is a good reference for those who need a practical approach to energy systems management in urban societies.
Rao, P. K., ed. 2000. The Economics of Global Climate Change. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe. 199 pp.
This book provides a foundation for understanding economic aspects associated with global climate change. It discusses potential global economic consequences of climate change, proposed economic measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and international institutional mechanisms such as joint implementation and clean development mechanisms, and then summarizes the use of these measures in the Kyoto Protocol. This book is a useful reference for students, scholars, and policymakers who wish to understand the link between economics and global climate change.
Roberts, P. 2004. The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. 399 pp.
This book examines the issue of global peak oil production and the social and economic consequences that could result from this problem. It highlights important themes such as energy literacy, or the need for heightened awareness of energy issues, and the need for increased energy efficiency. It presents potential scenarios that could result from higher oil prices and continued depletion. This book is a good resource for students who need to understand the issue of peak oil and the arguments for energy reform in society.
Rodgers, W. M., Jr. 2000. Third Millennium Capitalism: Convergence of Economic, Energy and Environmental Forces. Westport, CT: Quorum. 278 pp.
This book promotes the institution of democratic capitalism for meeting global economic and energy needs in the twenty-first century. It describes the structure of global corporations and markets, examines world energy demand, supply, and provision within the current economic structure, and links environmental issues to future forecasts of economic growth and development. This book is a useful resource for students who wish to understand global energy market dynamics and how they relate to economic development and environmental stewardship.
Schneider, S. H., A. Rosencranz, and J. O. Niles, eds. 2002. Climate Change Policy: A Survey. Washington, DC: Island Press. 563 pp.
This book provides a useful overview of global climate change. It examines the issue from a broad array of perspectives, including climate science; regional impacts; international approaches for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; business and economic as pects; how climate change may affect agriculture, human populations, and tropical forests; the role of renewable technologies and carbon sequestration policies; and how the issue can be addressed in an equitable manner. This book is an excellent reference for those who want to understand the issue of climate change by studying different perspectives.
Smith, E. R. A. N. 2002. Energy, the Environment, and Public Opinion. Lanham: MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 264 pp.
This book examines how Americans have viewed energy issues since World War II, through periods of energy abundance and scarcity. It discusses energy supplies, the media portrayal of energy resources, the impact of environmental disasters—such as the oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California—on public opinion, and how attitudes about energy and the environment relate to the various theories on public opinion and policy. This book is a useful reference for students interested in studying the interaction between public opinion and environmental policy.
Smith, Z. A. 2004. The Environmental Policy Paradox. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. 295 pp.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of environmental policy in the United States. It explains the institutional and legal settings for policy formation, examines the environmental problems in all types of media (i.e., air, land, water), and devotes a chapter to energy policy. This book is a useful resource for students and policymakers who wish to understand how environmental policy is made and implemented in the United States.
Swartz, M., and S. Watkins. 2003. Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron. New York: Doubleday. 386 pp.
This book provides a historical account of the rise and fall of the Enron Corporation. It explains how Enron became one of the most powerful providers of energy services in the United States, how it manipulated energy markets to benefit shareholders, and what caused its ultimate collapse. This book is a useful resource for students studying the issue of electricity regulation in the United States and the problems that arise when states deregulate their electricity markets.
Sweet, W. 2006. Kicking the Carbon Habit: Global Warming and the Case for Renewable and Nuclear Energy. New York: Columbia University Press. 256 pp.
This book critically examines the United States' role in global climate change and its approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It discusses the adverse effects of global warming, summarizes recent research from leading scientists, and advocates for the United States to reduce its reliance on coal resources for electricity and instead promote the development of renewable and nuclear technologies. This book is a useful, readable update of global warming science and offers an argument for reducing the use of coal-based technologies.
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Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.