Power Hungry by Robert Bryce
The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 6 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

The promise of "green jobs" and a "clean energy future" has roused the masses. But as Robert Bryce makes clear in this provocative book, that vision needs a major re-vision. We cannot--and will not--quit using carbon-based fuels at any time in the near future for a simple reason: they provide the horsepower that we crave. The hard reality is that oil, coal, and natural gas are here to stay.

Fueling our society requires that we make good decisions and smart investments based on facts. In Power Hungry, Bryce crushes a phalanx of energy myths, showing why renewables are not green, carbon capture and sequestration won't work, and even--surprise!--that the U.S. is leading the world in energy efficiency. Power Hungry delivers a clear-eyed view of what's needed to transform the gargantuan global energy sector.

 

About Robert Bryce

See more books from this Author
Robert Bryceis one of America’s foremost energy journalists. He is currently the managing editor ofEnergy Tribuneand a contributing writer for theTexas Observer. The author ofPipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of EnronandCronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, America’s Superstate, he lives in Austin with his wife, Lorin, their three children, and a hyperactive bird dog named Biscuit.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by PublicAffairs. 448 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Power Hungry

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Energy sources must be judged, the author writes, by the four imperatives: power density, energy density, cost and scale.

| Read Full Review of Power Hungry: The Myths of "G...

The Wall Street Journal

See more reviews from this publication

Once you've carpeted the wilderness with wind-farm turbines, and crushed any guilt about the birds you're about to kill, prepare to be underwhelmed and underpowered.

Apr 30 2010 | Read Full Review of Power Hungry: The Myths of "G...

The Daily Beast

First, BP relied heavily on outside contractors, a decision that helped cut costs but also created a widespread attitude within the company that “it’s not my job.” Second, and perhaps more important: BP’s management did not reward people who took bad news up the management chain.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Power Hungry: The Myths of "G...

Portland Book Review

Power Hungry – The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future is written by author and managing editor of the web-based magazine Energy Tribune Robert Bryce.

Aug 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Power Hungry: The Myths of "G...

National Review Online

This “energy sprawl” of giant turbines and pylons will require far greater amounts of concrete and steel than conventional power plants — figure on anywhere from 870 to 956 cubic feet of concrete per megawatt of electricity and 460 tons of steel (32 times more concrete and 139 times as much s...

Apr 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Power Hungry: The Myths of "G...

Media Matters

Rather than talking to actual climate scientists, the network turns to industry-funded climate denialists -- including CEI's Chris Horner, the Manhattan Institute's Robert Bryce, Climate Depot's Marc Morano and JunkScience.com's Steve Milloy -- to mislead its viewers on climate science.

Nov 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Power Hungry: The Myths of "G...

Reader Rating for Power Hungry
78%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 96 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×