Es wird kein Kindle Gerät benötigt. Laden Sie eine der kostenlosen Kindle Apps herunter und beginnen Sie, Kindle-Bücher auf Ihrem Smartphone, Tablet und Computer zu lesen.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

Geben Sie Ihre Mobiltelefonnummer ein, um die kostenfreie App zu beziehen.

Kindle-Preis: EUR 28,09
inkl. MwSt.

Diese Aktionen werden auf diesen Artikel angewendet:

Einige Angebote können miteinander kombiniert werden, andere nicht. Für mehr Details lesen Sie bitte die Nutzungsbedingungen der jeweiligen Promotion.

An Ihren Kindle oder ein anderes Gerät senden

An Ihren Kindle oder ein anderes Gerät senden

Facebook Twitter Pinterest
Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate von [Smil, Vaclav]
Anzeige für Kindle-App

Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate Kindle Edition

4.0 von 5 Sternen 1 Kundenrezension

Alle Formate und Ausgaben anzeigen Andere Formate und Ausgaben ausblenden
Neu ab Gebraucht ab
Kindle Edition
"Bitte wiederholen"
EUR 28,09

Kindle AusLese
Jeden Monat vier außergewöhnliche Neuerscheinungen für je nur 2,49 EUR - empfohlen vom Amazon-Team. Erfahren Sie mehr über das Programm und melden Sie sich beim Kindle AusLese Newsletter an.



Vaclav Smil is a giant among energy scientists and historians. In this book, he explains why fossil fuels remain dominant, why it is so hard to scale up wind and solar technologies, and why nuclear power, despite having been over-hyped in the past, is one of our best hopes for meeting future energy needs and dealing with global warming.--Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, co-founders of Breakthrough Institute

Investment opportunities into new energy sources and related conversion techniques are, at times, molded by preconceived ideas that can sometimes lead to excessively positive and unjustifiably enthusiastic expectations. By criticizing the assorted myths and misconceptions surrounding energy innovations, Vaclav Smil provides readers with refreshing insights which are often missing in today's energy policy debates.--Philippe Rohner, Senior Investment Manager, Pictet Asset Management

Vaclav Smil is a master thinker about the master resource of energy. A multidisciplinarian, Smil combines basic economics, technological understanding, and historical insight to skewer false energy visions. Energy reality, he reminds us, is determined by the free marketplace, not by words or wishes.--Robert Bradley, founder and CEO, Institute for Energy Research

Energy is both a technical topic and a political one; all too often, the political claims and assertions get far more play than sober technical reality. In Energy Myths and Realities, Vaclav Smil does a brilliant job of examining the crazy quilt of claims and assertions about energy. With great wit and simple, clear arguments, he shows that most of the wild claims we hear-in all directions-have no basis in reality.--Nathan Myhrvold, James Beard Award winning coauthor of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking and Modernist Cuisine at Home, and author of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine"

I recommend this book to everyone who spends time working on energy issues not to cheer them up but to help them have a stronger framework for evaluating energy promises.--Bill Gates,"


There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists_wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific approach to the global energy challenge. When will the world run out of oil? Should nuclear energy be adopted on a larger scale? Are ethanol and wind power viable sources of energy for the future? Vaclav Smil advises the public to be wary of exaggerated claims and impossible promises. The global energy transition will be prolonged and expensive_and hinges on the development of an extensive new infrastructure. Established technologies and traditional energy sources are persistent and adaptable enough to see the world through that transition. Energy Myths and Realities brings a scientific perspective to an issue often dominated by groundless assertions, unfounded claims, and uncritical thinking. Before we can create sound energy policies for the future, we must renounce the popular myths that cloud our judgment and impede true progress.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3553 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 232 Seiten
  • Verlag: AEI Press; Auflage: First (16. August 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004RIOM8C
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen 1 Kundenrezension
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #417.647 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

  •  Ist der Verkauf dieses Produkts für Sie nicht akzeptabel?


4.0 von 5 Sternen
5 Sterne
4 Sterne
3 Sterne
2 Sterne
1 Stern
Siehe die Kundenrezension
Sagen Sie Ihre Meinung zu diesem Artikel


Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Wer Smil kennt, bekommt was er/sie erwartet. Im Vergleich zu anderen Werken jedoch entspannender lesbar. Ein schöner Überbblick über das Thema der diversen Energienmythen, jedoch manchmal etwas zu oberflächlich. Gute Einstiegslektüre in das Thema.
Kommentar War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Ja Nein Feedback senden...
Vielen Dank für Ihr Feedback.
Wir konnten Ihre Stimmabgabe leider nicht speichern. Bitte erneut versuchen
Missbrauch melden

Die hilfreichsten Kundenrezensionen auf (beta) HASH(0x8faf9258) von 5 Sternen 39 Rezensionen
38 von 40 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
HASH(0x8ebdadd4) von 5 Sternen Energy Generation: The Hard Facts Unveiled 7. September 2010
Von George Poirier - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
We have often heard authoritative statements made by various reputable individuals about new ideas for producing plenty of energy in the near future - cleanly, efficiently and cheaply. These often involved new approaches combined with new scientific/technological advances of various sorts. But as the months, years and even decades pass by, we are left still waiting for these ideas, or perhaps some offshoots, to materialize. In this book, the author explains the reasons for these shortcomings and warns about any such statements that may currently being made. As the author puts it, the book is "aimed at criticizing assorted myths and misconceptions [about energy-related issues], and in doing so has mostly had to correct excessively positive or unjustifiably enthusiastic expectations and interpretation" (p. 156). Only in one case presented in the book has the opposite been done, i.e., to address a myth that is unjustifiably too negative. The myths discussed are related to: electric cars, cheap nuclear electricity, soft energy, peak oil, i.e., the so-called Hubbert's peak, sequestration of carbon dioxide, liquid fuel from plants, electricity from wind, and the pace of energy transitions. For some, this book may be an eye-opener; for others, it may confirm their suspicions. And for the enthusiasts who are, in all honesty, promoting some of these myths, the hard facts presented may be terribly discouraging.

The writing style is clear, occasionally witty, very authoritative, rather formal but also relatively accessible. The book reads like a set of scientific reports - one for each topic being addressed; consequently, one might say that the prose is often rather dry. As is standard for scientific reports, the text is dense with information, contains a great many facts and figures, has several useful diagrams and is extensively referenced. This book is likely to be most appreciated by those who are concerned about future energy production/consumption, e.g., policy makers, politicians, scientists, engineers and interested members of the public.
15 von 18 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
HASH(0x8ebdae28) von 5 Sternen A covert doomer? 6. November 2011
Von Ashtar Command - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Vaclav Smil's "Energy myths and realities" is a relatively good and interesting book about the alternatives to fossil fuels. The author discusses electric cars, wind power, solar power, biofuels and nuclear power. In fact, he debunks them! For instance, replacing fossil fuels with biofuels would lead to massive environmental destruction, less land available for food production and perhaps even massive starvation due to increased food prices. Wind power and solar power would only work in some areas, and can never replace fossil fuels on a national or global scale. "Greens" won't like this book. Smil is also sceptical of grand schemes for carbon sequestration, however, which presumably would make his book controversial among cornucopians, as well.

The book has two shortcomings. One is that it tends to conflate technical problems and political problems. If the author is right, the problems with wind power are inherently technical, which would make this particular form of energy unrealistic no matter what. However, the problems Smil mentions in conjunction with nuclear power seem mostly political: economic downturns, curious political decisions, bureaucratic regulations and fear-mongering affecting public perception. Perhaps they are difficult to solve, but they are not unsolvable in principle. It's unclear why Smil gives nuclear power short shrift in this manner, and why he writes off breeder reactors (which, of course, work eminently well, if governments build them).

The other problem is that Smil doesn't say how the energy crisis should be solved in the first place. Since he does believe in global warming being a problem, he should be for a phase-out of fossil fuels. Yet, since he debunks all alternatives to fossil fuels, the reader is left wondering what on earth we should do next! He concedes that nuclear power might play a "modest" role in the future, but what should play the predominant role? Smil never says. Perhaps he secretly supports oil, coal and gas?

Still, the book did make me think. For a long time, I assumed that we can replace both fossil fuels and nuclear power with solar, wind, hydro, biofuels, recycled garbage and some rather exotic alternatives ("wave power" etc). And, of course, energy conservation. Of these, only hydro is controversial in "Green" circles. However, if Smil is right, most of these "alternatives" cannot meet present or future demand, and the only one that perhaps could do it (biofuel) is undesirable. The search for renewable energy would then be a wild goose chase - or worse. However, if climate change is real, then fossil fuels need to be phased out anyway! This means that our predicament is much worse than expected.

Perhaps there are some solutions. Robert Bryce proposes in his books that massive investments in nuclear power and natural gas might save us. Even some Greens, such as James Lovelock, call for an expansion of nuclear power. Let's hope they are right! If not, we're left with the scary scenario of James Howard Kunstler in "The Long Emergency". Kunstler actually accepts many of Smil's points, and precisely for *that* reason believes that civilization is doomed to collapse.

Well, I suppose we could always keep our recycled garbage...

[This review was revised on 26 Sep, 2012]
4 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
HASH(0x8f5ed27c) von 5 Sternen An authentic analysis of sustainable energy, for open minded and ecologically concerned readers 7. Dezember 2013
Von Chad M - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a source no-nonsense answers about conventional and sustainable energy. I consider this book a welcome respite from the greenwashing that is happening too often both in academic writing and in the wider world. Prof. Smil's analysis is impeccable, and the reader can cross-reference topics in this book from its extensively documented sources.

Topics such as energy output per square meter of acreage is a perennial topic in Prof. Smil's, and a good way to compare solar and wind resources with nuclear energy. Prof. Smil pioneered this particular comparison method, now followed by many authors, including Robert Bryce in "Power Hungry." The severe problems with biomass and biofuel energies are also resolved in this book, hopefully not too late for the Indonesian rainforest and other rainforests. The facts in this book -- if known and respected decades ago -- could have averted some ecological boondoggles.

I appreciate the candor that Prof. Smil delivers. In addition, the ongoing and growing need for conservation is well-argued by Prof. Smil in this book and in the film "Surviving Progress," in which he appears. For sustainable energy answers that are probably as non-partisan as humanly possible, this book and the author's other ones are a treasure trove of knowledge.
6 von 8 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
HASH(0x8f5ed648) von 5 Sternen Lots of Facts - like a typical Smil Book 1. April 2014
Von Patrick L. Boyle - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
This was probably an easy book for Smil to write because the popular press, the Internet, and cable news are so irresponsible. Almost all the so called environmentalists that one reads are technically uninformed. They don't understand math or science. They get carried away with their own wishful thinking.

Many of my neighbors for example drive Priuses. They don't seem to realize that almost without exception domestic economy cars are four cylinder internal combustion engines. Most are gasoline four stroke Otto cycle engines and some are diesels. The Prius is no exception. A better name for the power delivery system in a Prius is 'electric transmission'. That's an alternative and less deceptive name. The power for a Prius comes from its small four cylinder gas engine. The electrical-battery systems don't create power they just transmit it.

Some environmentalists long for a 'pure' electric car so as to be free of hydrocarbons altogether. But of course the electrical power they use comes from the burning of coal (mostly).

So called hybrids made no sense at all with lead acid batteries. They only work today because of more efficient lithium-ion batteries. Ed Begley Jr. the Hollywood actor started a whole conspiracy theory because he didn't understand batteries. He blamed the early experimental GM hybrid's failure on corporate greed when those cars were simply too heavy because of their lead acid batteries. Now environmentalists demand better batteries than lithium ion ones. They don't seem to realize that there never may be such batteries. Lithium Ion batteries may be the limit. Who knows? Environmentalists just imagine technology they don't understand it.

Much the same story is also the case with photovoltaics. Environmentalists just assume that cheap efficient solar cells will soon be invented. That could come true of course, but it isn't true now. When something doesn't come true environmentalists tend to blame some engineer for being stupid of some industrialist for being a greedy conspirator. They never seem to consider that maybe they themselves have some obligation to understand the issues.

In fact America has been very successful in managing our environment - but you would never guess that from the media. Air pollution is way down and water quality is nearly perfect. At least that's true where I live. Two generations ago Tom Lehrer had a hit satirical song called 'Pollution'. Much of what he sang about then was true. But it isn't true today. We solved most of our pollution problems thirty or more years ago. Today we can indeed 'drink the water and breathe the air'. How odd that some want to imagine that we failed.

Smil points to many of the failed environmental initiatives. Kennedy made it a national goal to go to the moon - and we did so. Nixon made it a national goal to eliminate our use of imported oil - and he failed. But nearly every other president since has also made that a goal and all have failed. Smil explains why.
1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
HASH(0x8f5ed5f4) von 5 Sternen A good starting point to be informed on energy issues 11. Juli 2014
Von Algernop Krieger - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book is a good one unless you want to feel comfortable and safe holding knee-jerk opinions on energy. Smil doesn't lay out everything one needs to know about energy in this book (that's not the intent, and there are even other books by Smil if one wants more), but he does give good summaries and analysis of several common beliefs about energy, dispelling quite a few myths.

Lots of energy "solutions" proposed by various camps left and right are looked at and most are discredited as wishful thinking. Smil outlines the ways wind and nuclear energy have been over-hyped by their proponents, even though he has positive things to say on their inclusion in energy strategies. Biofuels and biomass energy are rather harshly (and appropriately) criticized. Carbon sequestration similarly is debunked as a large-scale solution to just keep burning fossil fuels. Electric cars aren't going to be dominant anytime soon, and they wouldn't solve our problems if they were. Smil rightly explains why "peak oil" won't look like what most people say about it (it will be a plateau and slow decline in production and use). He also hits on a pet-peeve of mine, where everyone thinks technological advances in all industries look like Moore's Law, when he points out the ways the principle doesn't apply to the realities of energy production and the relatively slow pace of energy transitions in the past. Most of this analysis is done well, and I particularly appreciated that he made an effort to explain exactly where the misconceptions on each topic come from, in order to point out where they went wrong, before giving his more grounded assessments. Some solutions have valid reasons to be included in strategies to provide energy while mitigating global warming, and Smil hints at some of their (more realistically scaled) potential, even if he spends more time taking down overoptimistic assessments.

It's an excellent resource to read if you wish to participate in informed debate on energy issues we face today. Recommended.
Waren diese Rezensionen hilfreich? Wir wollen von Ihnen hören.
click to open popover