Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect In The Quest For Clean And Enduring Energy by Mark JaccardSustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect In The Quest For Clean And Enduring Energy by Mark Jaccard

Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect In The Quest For Clean And Enduring Energy

byMark Jaccard

Paperback | January 16, 2006

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More and more people believe we must quickly wean ourselves from fossil fuels - oil, natural gas and coal - to save the planet from environmental catastrophe, wars and economic collapse. Professor Jaccard argues that this view is misguided. We have the technological capability to use fossil fuels without emitting climate-threatening greenhouse gases or other pollutants. The transition from conventional oil and gas to their unconventional sources including coal for producing electricity, hydrogen and cleaner-burning fuels will decrease energy dependence on politically unstable regions. In addition, our vast fossil fuel resources will be the cheapest source of clean energy for the next century and perhaps longer, which is critical for the economic and social development of the world's poorer countries. By buying time for increasing energy efficiency, developing renewable energy technologies and making nuclear power more attractive, fossil fuels will play a key role in humanity's quest for a sustainable energy system.
Mark Jaccard is a Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Energy and Materials Research Group.
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Title:Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect In The Quest For Clean And Enduring EnergyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:398 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.87 inPublished:January 16, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521679796

ISBN - 13:9780521679794

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Table of Contents

Figures; Tables; Acknowledgements; 1. What is energy sustainability; 2. Is our current energy path sustainable?; 3. The prospects for clean secondary energy; 4. The usual suspects: efficiency, nuclear and renewables; 5. The unusual suspect: how long can fossil fuels last - and does it matter?; 6. Can we use fossil fuels cleanly - and what might it cost?; 7. Sustainable energy trade-offs: evaluating the alternatives; 8. Sustainable energy policy - how do we get there?; 9. Broadening the definition: is sustainable energy sustainable?; Index.

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"Mark Jaccard's book does not have a catchy title and will not make the best-seller lists, but it stands to influence what kind of car you drive and how you heat your home" - Judy Stoffman, Toronto Star