- Tapa dura: 236 páginas
- Editor: Random House Inc (1 de noviembre de 2005)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1400065275
- ISBN-13: 978-1400065271
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
The Empty Tank: Oil, Gas, Hot Air, And the Coming Global Financial Catastrophe (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 nov 2005
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Contends that oil companies and governments are concealing the fact that close to half of all the world's oil is used up, and argues that we have the technology to solve the problem, but that the issue must be confronted soon.
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Jeremy Leggett spent the 1980s in the service of Big Oil, as a geologist and faculty member of the Royal School of Mines in London, and the ’90s as top campaigner for Greenpeace International; he has spent the ’00s as a leading alternative-energy activist and entrepreneur. He is the author of The Carbon War. Leggett is a recipient of the U.S. Climate Institute’s Award for Advancing Understanding, was named by Time magazine as “one of the next generation of young leaders” for his work on renewable energy sources, and is currently CEO of one of the fastest-growing tech companies in the United Kingdom. He lives in London.
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compelling, reasonable and well-informed. If you are to read only one
book on peak oil, this is the one to choose.
Leggett has the credibility
of being a former professor of geology, a former oil industry insider (who
then converted to a global warming and oil depletion activist), and who now
runs his own renewable energy company. He knows the insiders of both the
oil business and oil-related government energy institutions. He knows what
makes them tick.
He correctly notes that we can't rely on the energy companies or government
to give us warning or leadership regarding oil depletion. Instead, the
demand for renewable energy must come from a groundswell of public
concern and support, until it becomes the tipping point that affects
our institutions. This is a change that will come from the ground
up, not from the top down.
Although he sees a virtually unavoidable peak oil economic depression in the near future, he
does offer a ray of hope that we can cure our self-destructive oilcoholism with
renewable energy -- and do so at the grassroots individual and community level.
I'd rate the text itself as a 3+, in comparison with other similar books. Some assertions are not documented (even in the inaccessible notes), and the author's zeal sometimes leads to overstatement of the challenges (which are bad enough without making them worse).
First, he asserts that raising the fuel effeciency of light cars and trucks by a mere 2.7 MPG would eliminate the U.S.'s need for Middle Eastern oil imports, which he estimates at 5 million barrels per day (BPD). Given that he cites the total U.S. oil demand at 20 million BPD (which seems to agree with internet sources on recent U.S. demand) -- that means saving a quarter of the oil we consume. But FAR from all of that oil is useb by cars and light trucks. Diesel fuel, heating oil, jet fuel, and the heaviest component used commonly for asphalt are all examples of these other uses. So, in round numbers, he is stating that raising the fuel economy of such vehicles by under 3 MPG will save perhaps a third of such oil they burn. Yet the average MPG of such vehicles is stated at well over 20 MPG. Thus, in round numbers, one would expect a savings of more like under 2 million BPD. He does have a citation for this "fact", making me wonder about all of his citations.
Secondly, he states on the same page as the assertion above that there are SUV's that get only 4 MPG. This is simply ludicrous. On the [...] website, the worst SUV (Jeep Grand Cherokee) is cited at 12 MPG City, and the worst car of all (16 cylinder with an 8 litre engine) is cited at 8 MPG City. I noted he doesn't cite this "statistic" - little wonder.
If Mr. Leggett isn't going to bother to check out (or proofread) basic "facts" that the layman can discern, such as these examples above, while trying to give background information -- how is the reader to trust the more technical/geological information we're supposed to rely on him not to distort because (as he's fond of repeating) he is a geologist with experience in the oil industry?
So, I would recommend the reader look elsewhere for a more realistic, better researched, and better documented "fair and balanced" look at this issue.