Title: Book Review: The Bottomless Well: W hy We Will Never Run Out of Energy Word Count: 590 Summary: 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. Keywords: Book Review, Books, Energy, Fuel, Oi l Article Body: 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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