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Green Alternatives and National Energy Strategy

The Facts behind the Headlines

Philip G. Gallman

Publication Year: 2011

It is no secret that the United States’ dependence on oil—mostly foreign—puts the country in a precarious position. The United States needs innovative ways not only to power millions of automobiles on its highways but also to secure sustainable sources of fuel for the future. This book presents the latest facts and figures about alternative energy to any physicist, engineer, policymaker, or concerned citizen who needs a reliable source of information on the nation’s looming energy crisis. Philip G. Gallman focuses especially on green vehicles and the interrelationship between their design and various energy sources. He explains simply and clearly the complex energy and automotive engineering issues involved in developing green vehicles, measures their likely effect on energy resource demand, and considers what they might mean for national energy strategy. Addressing problems associated with renewable resources often overlooked or ignored in the popular press, Gallman explains what replacing oil with alternative sources of energy realistically entails. Can the nation satisfy its energy demands with wind turbines, solar power, hydroelectric power, or geothermal power? Is biodiesel or electricity the answer to our gas-guzzling ways? Organized logically and with an accessible narrative, Green Alternatives and National Energy Strategy guides readers through the essential questions and hurdles the United States must answer and overcome to transition from a petroleum-dependent nation to one that runs on sustainable, renewable energy.

Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press

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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xviii

The world, especially the United States and other industrialized countries, is facing a growing energy crisis. On the one hand, demand for energy is increasing because of the dual pressures of growing world population and growing demand for industrialization on the part of that population. On the other hand, limited ...


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pp. xix-xx

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1 Conventional Energy Sources

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pp. 1-43

The immediate goals of our national energy strategy should be to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy, to move away from dependence on limited natural resources and toward renewable sources, and to reduce emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. The chapters of this book discuss what we ...

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2 Conventional Vehicles

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pp. 44-59

Gasoline and diesel together are responsible for 23% of our energy consumption, 23% of our greenhouse gas emissions, and 64% of our petroleum consumption. Road vehicles consume almost all of this. Improving the fuel economy of highway vehicles is the most important single step in reducing our consumption of gasoline and combating global warming. We can do this ...

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3 Green Vehicles

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pp. 60-108

The previous chapter dealt with reducing gasoline consumption without major technology changes. We can drive less; we can drive more efficiently; we can drive smaller, lighter automobiles. We can also get some improvement in fuel economy by making mechanical improvements to the internal combustion gasoline automobile. ...

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4 Green Energy Sources

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pp. 109-147

Demand for electricity is exploding with growing population and increasing demand from computers and electronic equipment. Moreover, electricity is a primary candidate for alternative automobile technology whether the emphasis is on plug-in electric cars or hydrogen fuel cells, as electrolysis is the leading contender for manufacturing hydrogen for vehicles. The unavoidable ...

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5 Conclusions

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pp. 148-164

What started as an investigation into green alternative vehicles quickly grew into an examination of energy and pollution, both traditional pollution and greenhouse gases, in general. Developing a successful vehicle that allows us to replace gasoline with a clean abundant fuel will affect all segments of the national energy system, and one cannot discuss automobiles without discussing the larger issues. ...


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pp. 165


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pp. 167-173


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pp. 175-180

E-ISBN-13: 9781421402468
E-ISBN-10: 1421402467
Print-ISBN-13: 9781421401973
Print-ISBN-10: 1421401975

Page Count: 200
Illustrations: 7 halftones, 35 line drawings
Publication Year: 2011