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Before the Wells Run Dry: Ireland's Transition to Renewable Energy

Richard Douthwaite

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  • Pages: 333

  • Publisher: Green Books

  • Date Published: Oct 2003

  • Stock Code: 63719

  • ISBN: 9781843510376

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The world is using oil at four times the rate it is finding it, and the output of many existing fields is beginning to decline. Whenever it occurs, the decline in oil and gas output will be a turning point in human history since the use of increasing amounts of fossil energy has been the basis of globalization and rapid economic growth. The 30 energy experts who contribute to this book discuss when the turning point will actually occur and whether other energy sources can be developed in time to avert the looming energy shortage. Can nuclear energy fill the gap? It can't do it alone because, even leaving the waste problem aside, there's only enough uranium for about 60 years. And what about coal? There's plenty in the ground but it's a dirty fuel whose greater use would accelerate global warming. And how do renewable energy sources-wind, waves, tides, hydro, biomass and the sun-really stack up? Which technologies are ready for massive investments to begin?

This book explores these and many other issues and its authors conclude that renewables do indeed have the capacity to provide the people of Europe with all the energy they need to live comfortable lives without using coal or nuclear energy at all. Moreover, the switch could be made within 50 years if the right decisions are taken immediately. Contributors include Colin Campbell, Dave Elliott, Malcolm Slesser and Richard Douthwaite.

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