Book: Sustainable Energy, without the hot air
Sustainable Energy, without the hot air.
David MacKay. http://www.withouthotair.com/
This well argued and logical book is available to download for free. It seeks to shine a light into the media debate between the environmentalists and the sceptics. The key is the use of understandable maths to give ball park figures to the energy from different sources.
It should inform politicians and planners as it takes assertions on wind power or renewable bulbs and tests them against the power needed to replace failing oil inputs. So if we are to have solar then how many panels will we need to maintain the status quo?
The conclusion for me is that we need to power-down and live lives that consume far fewer resources so that the rather feebler renewable sources can be sufficient for our genuine needs.
We have to change the way we live, commute and shop, and have massively more home insulation to make the sums for energy add up.
A great book for any sceptics.