“A great resource, a wonderful collection.”
— Eric Zencey, Fellow, The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
“A wonderfully written book rich with information and probing perspectives!”
— Daniel Fernandez, Faculty, Science and Environmental Policy, California State University – Monterey Bay
“Excellent, comprehensive, well laid-out — a great selection of contributors.”
— Mike Snyder, Founder and Filmmaker at Interdependent Pictures and Adjunct Professor at Allegany College of Maryland
October 31, 2012
What magic, or monster, lurks behind the light switch and the gas pump? Where does the seemingly limitless energy that fuels modern society come from? From oil spills, nuclear accidents, mountaintop removal coal mining, and natural gas “fracking” to large-scale wind, solar, and biomass plants, every source of energy has costs.
Featuring the essays found in ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth plus additional material, The ENERGY Reader takes an unflinching look at the systems that support our insatiable thirst for more power along with their unintended side effects. Over thirty leading thinkers on energy, society, and ecology lift the veil on the harsh realities of our pursuit of energy at any price, revealing the true costs, benefits, and limitations of all our energy options. Edited by Tom Butler, Daniel Lerch and George Wuerthner, with an Introduction by Richard Heinberg.