The Bottomless Well

The Bottomless Well

The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy

Book - 2005
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The sheer volume of talk about energy, energy prices, and energy policy on both sides of the political aisle suggests that we must know something about energy. But according to Peter Huber and Mark Mills, the things we "know" are mostly myths. In The Bottomless Well , Huber and Mills debunk the myths and show how a better understanding of energy will radically change our views and policies on a number of very controversial issues. They explain why demand will never go down, why most of what we think of as "energy waste" actually benefits us; why greater efficiency will never lead to energy conservation; and why the energy supply is infinite-it's quality of energy that's scarce and expensive. The Bottomless Well will also revolutionize our thinking about the automotive industry (gas prices don't matter and the hybrid engine is irrelevant), coal and uranium, the much-maligned power grid (it's the worst system we could have except for all the others), what energy supplies mean for jobs and GDP, and many other hotly debated subjects.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780465031160
0465031161
Call Number: 333.79 H8628b
Characteristics: xxvii, 214 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mills, Mark P.

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Sep 19, 2015

A book that challenges many cherished beliefs head on-and succeeds. Partly historical, part economics, part engineering, and ALL politics, the authors confront one of the most controversial topics of the day-the use, misuse and future of energy consumption. Many will come away upset and outraged by it (just read the description by "naturalist" here), but a careful reading of the arguments, supplemented by excellent charts, notes and bibliography, helps us to undertand the patterns of energy usage, and ultimately human behavior. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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Jun 25, 2015

An author profile: . . . . http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Peter_W._Huber . . .
and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research . . . . http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Manhattan_Institute_for_Policy_Research . . .
and . . .
a background reference . . .
“Climate Change Denial Books and Conservative Think Tanks – Exploring the Connection” . . . http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3787818/

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delfon
Jun 17, 2014

The is extremely well done explanation of energy, what it is, how much it costs, and how calculated.
Life as a constant search for higher and higher qualities of power. Life as a trade off between hot and cold. (As is all energy). Various aspects of the energy conundrums. Regulation and de-regulation; same old story. If regulators do not know what they are doing they really mess up. California's problems explained. Pentium chips, silicon chips the next industrial revolution. Which has just started. Amazing and optimistically enlightening. Nicely done; easy to read and understand.

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