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The quest [electronic resource] : energy, security and the remaking of the modern world / by Daniel Yergin.
New York : Penguin Press, 2011.
Sold by Amazon Digital Services, 2017.
1 online resource (816 pages) : digital (12235 KB)
This sequel to The Prize provides a narrative of global energy, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic change. The author, an energy authority continues the riveting story begun in the book, The Prize, in this account of the quest for the energy the world needs, and the power and riches that come with it. He proves that energy is truly the engine of global political and economic change, as well as central to the battle over climate change. From the jammed streets of Beijing, the shores of the Caspian Sea, and the conflicts in the Mideast, to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, he takes us inside the decisions and choices that are shaping our future. Without understanding the realities of energy examined in this book, we may surrender our place at the helm of history. He tells the inside stories of the oil market, the rise of the "petrostate", the race to control the resources of the former Soviet empire, and the massive corporate mergers that transformed the oil landscape. He shows how the drama of oil, the struggle for access to it, the battle for control, the insecurity of supply, the consequences of its use, its impact on the global economy, and the geopolitics that dominate it-will continue to shape our world. He takes on the toughest questions-will we run out of oil, and are China and the United States destined to conflict over oil? He also reveals the surprising and turbulent history of nuclear, coal, electricity, and natural gas. He investigates the "rebirth of renewables", biofuels and wind, as well as solar energy, which venture capitalists are betting will be "the next big thing" for meeting the needs of a growing world economy. He makes clear why understanding this greening landscape and its future role are crucial. He further brings climate change into unique perspective by offering an original and unprecedented history of how the issue went from concerning a handful of scientists, terrified of a new Ice Age, to one of the overarching issues of our times. This book presents an extraordinary range of characters and a panorama of dramatic stories that illustrate the principles that will shape a robust and flexible energy security system for the decades to come.
Bibliography, etc. note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The New World of Oil
Russia returns
The Caspian derby
Across the Caspian
The petro-state
Aggregate disruption
War in Iraq
The demand shock
China's rise
China in the fast lane
Securing the Supply
Is the world running out of oil?
The security of energy
Shifting sands in the Persian Gulf
Gas on water
The natural gas revolution
The Electric Age
Alternating currents
The nuclear cycle
Breaking the bargain
Fuel choice
Climate and Carbon
Glacial change
The age of discovery
The road to Rio
Making a market
On the global agenda
In search of consensus
New Energies
Rebirth of renewables
Science experiment
Alchemy of shining light
Mystery of wind
The fifth fuel, efficiency
Closing the conservation gap
Road to the Future
Carbohydrate man
Internal fire
The great electric car experiment
"A great revolution."
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