About the Authors.- Introduction - The Compelling Tangle of Energy and American Society.- Energy Myth One - Today's Energy Crisis is 'Hype'.- Energy Myth Two - The Public is Well Informed about Energy.- Energy Myth Three - High Land Requirements and an Unfavorable Energy Balance Preclude Biomass Ethanol from Playing a Large Role in Providing Energy Services.- Energy Myth Four - The Hydrogen Economy is a Panacea to the Nation's Energy Problem.- Energy Myth Five - Price Signals are Insufficient to Induce Efficient Energy Investments.- Energy Myth Six - The Barriers to New and Innovative Energy Technologies are Primarily Technical: The Case of Distributed Generation (DG).- Energy Myth Seven - Renewable Energy Systems Could Never Meet Growing Electricity Demand in America.- Energy Myth Eight - Worldwide Power Systems are Economically and Environmentally Optimal.- Energy Myth Nine - Energy Efficiency Improvements Have Already Maximized Their Potential.- Energy Myth Ten - Energy Efficiency Measures are Unreliable, Unpredictable, and Unenforceable.- Energy Myth Eleven - Energy R&D Investment Takes Decades to Reach the Market.- Energy Myth Twelve - Climate Policy will Bankrupt the U.S. Economy.- Energy Myth Thirteen - Developing Countries Are Not Doing Their Part in Responding to Concerns about Climate Change.- Conclusions - Replacing Myths with Maxims: Rethinking the Relationship Between Society, Energy, the Future, and Sustainability.- Acronyms.- Index.
Takes on a central quandary in the study of energy and environmental policy: What myths continue to exist in American culture concerning energy, the environment, and society? This book debunks and contextualizes thirteen energy myths relating to electric power, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation, and climate change.
Enrolls 24 top experts on energy policy from a variety of fields
Provides an interdisciplinary discussion of energy technologies
Can serve as a text for energy studies
Will appeal to an international audience