Book_Review__The_Bottomless_Well__Why_We_Will_Never_Run_Out_of_Energy by MonikaKam


Book Review: The Bottomless Well: W
hy We Will Never Run Out of Energy

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Do environmentalists have a monopol
y on our world-view of energy consu
mption? What if our consumption of
 energy is not the problem, but rat
her the actual solution to the prob
lems we face? The Bottomless Well
presents an alternative view of the
 complex energy picture.

Book Review, Books, Energy, Fuel, Oi

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For anyone who has any interest in
energy, its cost, future and the po
litical debate over this precious r
esource- <i>The Bottomless Well</i>
 is a must read. This book is an i
ntriguing insight to the other side
 of what most of us have been led t
o believe on the environmentalist m
onopoly of the subject. <i>The Bot
tomless Well</i> makes the case tha
t most of the things we think we kn
ow are mostly myths- because we rea
lly don't understand what the essen
ce of energy is in the first place.
  The book demonstrates how a bette
r understanding of energy will radi
cally change our views and policies
 on a number of very controversial
issues. <i>The Bottomless Well</i>
also explains why demand for energy
 will only continue to increase, wh
y most of what we believe is "energ
y waste" actually proves out to be
a benefit for all; why more efficie
nt vehicles, engines, and light bul
bs will never lower demand, and why
 the earth’s energy supply is actua
lly infinite.

<i>The Bottomless Well</i> goes on
to point out that that the cost of
energy has increasingly less and le
ss to do with the actual cost of fu
el. With roughly five percent of th
e world’s population, America consu
mes over 25 percent of the world's
natural gas, 43 percent of its moto
r gasoline, 25 percent of its crude
 petroleum, 23 percent of its coal,
 and 26 percent of its total electr
icity production. But the book poin
ts out that most our energy consump
tion isn't for locomotion, lighting
, or cooling. What we use energy f
or, mainly, is to extract, refine,
process, and purify energy into eve
r higher states of efficiency. The
 more efficient our technology, the
 more energy we actually consume; n
ot save, because the cost to reward
 ratio is so positive for the consu
mers of this highly refined energy.
  The book also point out that the
competitive advantage in manufactur
ing will soon be shifting decisivel
y back toward the U.S.: the human d
emand for energy will only continue
 to grow and is indeed insatiable;
raw fuels sources are not running o
ut; and America's relentless pursui
t of high-grade energy does not add
 chaos to the global environment bu
t rather restores it to order.   In
deed, expanding energy supplies mea
n higher productivity, more jobs, a
nd a growing GDP. Across the board-
 energy isn't the problem, energy i
s <i>the solution</i>.
While the conventional wisdom holds
 that energy consumption is the pro
blem and certainly some would disag
ree from an environmental impact co
ncerning (at lest fossil fuel) ener
gy consumption, <i>The Bottomless W
ell</i> argues that from an environ
mental perspective it also makes se
nse to use energy in an ever more e
fficient state. For example Americ
a, unlike most of the poor developi
ng countries, is a net carbon sink.
 That is, despite all the pollution
 produced in America, there is more
 CO2 PPM upwind of America on the P
acific side then there is downstrea
m of it over the Atlantic. This fa
ct is undisputed, but although the
book does offer some anecdotal reas
ons why this might be the case ther
e is no definitive evidence to expl
ain this unexpected phenomenon.

I would strongly recommend <i>The B
ottomless Well</i> to anyone, no ma
tter where they might stand on the
issues of energy, the environment o
r politics.    The book breaks the
mold on many of our conventional vi
ews of energy, how we use it and wh
y.   At very least <i>The Bottomles
s Well</i> opens the door to anothe
r school of thought, not to mention
 a healthy debate about energy poli
cy and our future.

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