Valentine, Scott / Sovacool, Benjamin / Brown, Marilyn
Empowering the Great Energy Transition
Policy for a Low-Carbon Future
Aims and Scope
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- COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
Valentine, Brown, and Sovacool have once again lent their wealth of knowledge and experience to the rest of us. At this critical time they have focused their attention on the most important topic of the day.Empowering the Great Energy Transition underscores the urgency of kicking our addiction to carbon-based fuels. But their contribution does not stop there. It does not just tell us why we should do it, but how we can do it. For those who have already caught a whiff of the climate-change catastrophe looming just over the horizon, finally here is a book that lays out with compelling detail, breadth and logic the necessary energy policies to achieve a low-carbon future that can save our children, our grandchildren, and ourselves. Among the many books on energy transition, this eclipses them all.
David Victor, professor and codirector, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, University of California at San Diego:
Energy is back. After years in the wilderness, the future of energy is once again one of the world’s most important geopolitical, economic, environmental, and technological issues. Scott Valentine and colleagues thoughtfully survey the issues—and argue that energy will stay firmly on the agenda, not least because of the imperative of cutting carbon emissions that harm the climate. They open windows into the academic literatures, and deftly draw out the practical implications for individuals, organizations and government policy makers who want to have an impact.
Robert F. Durant, Professor Emeritus, American University, and coeditor of Environmental Governance Reconsidered: Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities:
Anyone offering or believing that bumper sticker solutions exist for reconciling global energy and environmental concerns in the twenty-first century should be humbled after reading this book. Valentine, Sovacool, and Brown offer an erudite, sobering, and compelling analysis of the complicated challenges, tradeoffs, and opportunities involved in transitioning globally to a renewable energy future. Writing in prose accessible to experts and laypersons alike, the authors adroitly integrate a multidisciplinary body of research (pro and con) to make a full-throated case for shifting to a renewable energy future. Readers may or may not agree with their arguments for an energy reset, but they cannot ignore the data, realpolitik, and strategic analysis the authors provide to explain and address the often halting and mostly patchworked progress made so far.