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Fueling the Future [Hardcover]

Andrew Heintzman , Evan Solomon


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Nov. 8 2003
We are hooked on power. Whether driving our cars or lighting our cities, we rely on it for everything. We fight wars over it. We pollute our planet for it. But the price is becoming too high. Is there a better way to meet our energy needs? How can we move to cleaner, safer, and more reliable sources of energy? These are difficult and urgent questions, and answering them will require not merely technical solutions, but what Thomas Homer-Dixon calls social ingenuity.

In Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy is Changing Everything, editors Andrew Heintzman and Evan Solomon bring together Homer-Dixon and other leading thinkers to apply their ingenuity to energy. They identify the most promising new energy technologies and what role the oil companies will play in the future. They envision the hydrogen economy and analyze whether the fuel cell, wind, and solar energy will be the keys to the next great industrial revolution. They discover who the current innovators are and how we can implement their ideas.

The contributors comprise a veritable who's who of the energy world. The keen ananlysis and often competing visions of these energy luminaries will impress you, inspire you and perhaps even anger you. The ingenuity that they bring to bear on difficult problems will certainly surprise you.

Fueling the Future is the first installment of the Ingenuity Project, an annual multimedia series. Each year the editors will gather togetehr the best and brightest minds from around the world in order to provide practical and ingeniuous solutions to the complex problems facing us all. The Ingenuity Project includes radio, television, and Web programs with the CBC and a magazine partnership with Maclean's.


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...a fount of ingenious ideas -- Tom Carpenter, Canadian Geographic

...the strength of Fueling the Future is its breadth... the authors have answered Homer-Dixon's call for ingenuity -- NOW Magazine

Reading this book will convince you, if you're not already there, that energy...is at the centre of much of our economy, politics and culture. -- McGill News

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The first book to come out of The Ingenuity Project, a dynamic new series founded by Andrew Heintzman and Evan Solomon, Fueling the Future gathers the best and brightest minds to generate new solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our time: energy.

In Fueling the Future the world's leading energy thinkers apply their ingenuity to pressing qustions such as: What happens when we run out of oil? What new energy technologies are available? Will hydrogen and the fuel cell be the next great revolution? Who are the current innovators and how can we implement their ideas?


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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive and informative explanation of our energy options Jan. 29 2011
By Samwich Samovich - Published on Amazon.com
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Heintzman and Solomon do an excellent job of collecting some of the most readable and compelling essays on the future of energy. Each essay leads into the next; for example, one writer talks about the benefits of nuclear, and the second begins with why nuclear can't be sustained and goes on to make a case for hydro, etc etc. Very well done, the perfect read for someone curious about the energy crisis but lacking a science background to hunt down readable articles.

The only downside here is that the book is Canadian, meaning the writers focus on energy's impacts in Canada, which is slightly different from the effects in the US. Yes, the concepts are the same, but reading "a new research center has opened in Vancouver" once in a while jars me back to the reality that the US is sadly lacking in energy progress initiatives. Oh well, oh Canada. Two thumbs up!

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