The Hydrogen Economy
The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth
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|Published In: ||United States, 06 January 2004|
The road to global security writes Jeremy Rifkin lies in lessening our dependence on Middle East oil and making sure that all people on Earth have access to the energy they need to sustain life. Weaning the world off oil and turning it toward hydrogen is a promissory note for a safer world. Rifkin's international bestseller THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY presents the clearest most comprehensive case for moving ourselves away from the destructive and waning years of the oil era toward a new kind of energy regime. Hydrogen-one of the most abundant substances in the universe-holds the key Rifkin argues to a cleaner safer and more sustainable world.
Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the author of a number of thought-provoking books, including The Biotech Century and The End of Work, explains that the next great economic era will be powered by hydrogen. Drawing on a variety of well-balanced research studies, his basic premise is that the world must switch from a fossil-fuel economy to a hydrogen economy. This must happen soon for three reasons: the imminent peak of global oil production, the increased concentration of remaining oil reserves in the Middle East one of the most politically and socially unstable regions of the world and the steady heating up of the world's atmosphere from fossil-fuel dependency. Detailing the shortcomings of traditional energy sources in light of possible terrorist attacks, Rifkin then covers the merits of hydrogen as a "forever fuel" and offers his own vision of a social revolution that he calls worldwide hydrogen energy web (HEW), much like today's World Wide Web. This revolution will make energy available to everyone, not just the wealthiest nations, and would be the first democratic energy regime in history. A fine companion to Peter Hoffman's Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet, this will be a welcome addition to most academic and larger public library collections. Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"Now the hydrogen movement has a marquee spokesman."
|Publisher: ||Jeremy P Tarcher|
|Dimensions: ||22.0 x 15.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.50 kg)|