09 Jan '18, 1pm

Energy and Civilization: A History (Book Review)

Energy and Civilization: A History (Book Review)

So why is everyone pumping gas and oil like mad? It's the economy. Bill Gates is a fan of Vaclav Smil and his recent book Energy and Civilization: A History ; but notes that reading his books is sometimes a slog. He writes in his review: "I'll admit that Energy and Civilization is not easy reading. In fact, when I read my first Smil books years ago, I felt a little beat up and asked myself, 'Am I ever going to be able to understand all of this?'" He's right; it is a slog. But it is worth it because every page has interesting nuggets and every couple of pages has a brain-exploding insight. Reading it at a time when gas is being fracked and offshore drilling is being opened up and environmental regulation is being rolled back, one realizes that his basic thesis is dead-on: energy is money, the universal currency. Energy drives everything and the more we have of it, the cheap...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/energy-policy/energy-and-civil...

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