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The Landscape of Energy

October 31, 2012

It would be wise to approach our energy future with two related thoughts in mind: first, the precautionary principle, and second, the law of unintended consequences. Using that perspective, this section of the book reviews the major energy resources and their transportation methods. We consider the current status of each resource as well as any other major concerns, environmental and otherwise, that may exist.

This document includes the complete text of Part III. The Landscape of Energy from The ENERGY Reader and ENERGY. (On the original book website energy-reality.org it was also presented as a section titled “The Energy Terrain.”). This includes these topics:

  • conventional, offshore, and unconventional oil
  • natural gas and shale gas
  • coal
  • nuclear
  • hydropower
  • geothermal
  • biofuels
  • biomass electricity
  • industrial wind
  • solar photovoltaic
  • concentrated solar thermal
  • refineries
  • pipelines and transport
  • hydrogen
  • micropower
  • emerging energy technologies

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The Landscape of Energy by Post Carbon Institute