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A question of power : electricity and the wealth of nations, Robert Bryce

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A question of power : electricity and the wealth of nations
Title
A question of power
Title remainder
electricity and the wealth of nations
Statement of responsibility
Robert Bryce
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"If, in the ancient world, it was guns and germs and steel that determined the fates of people and nations, in modern times it is electricity. No other form of power translates into affluence and influence like it. Though demand for it is growing exponentially, it remains one of the most difficult forms of energy to supply and to do so reliably. Storage is even harder. This paradox has shaped global politics, affected the outcome of wars, and underlies the growing chasm between rich and poor, educated and uneducated. It is changing the game for business, and the requirements of national defense. It is altering the landscape, and complicating the task of dealing effectively with climate change. In this book, Robert Bryce explains the unique nature of electricity as a commodity. He draws on stories from history to illustrate the stunning impact of our quest to harness it, illuminates exactly what is required to successfully sustain it, and explores the impact on societies and individuals when it collapses. As billions of people around the world still live in darkness, the gap between the electricity haves and have-nots widens, with profound political and ethical consequences. Modern life, even civilization, has become ever more dependent on a source of energy that must be produced locally and in the moment, in a reliably steady stream at particular wattage, conveyed on wires strung on poles or threaded through pipes. If the lights go out, so does our manner of living, with potentially devastating consequences"--
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1960-
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Bryce, Robert
Dewey number
333.793/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9695.A2
LC item number
B79 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Electric industries
  • Electric industries
  • Electricity
  • Electric industries
  • Electricity
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A question of power : electricity and the wealth of nations, Robert Bryce
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-307) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Electricity 101 -- The transformative power of electricity -- The vertical city -- The new (electric) deal -- Wiring the superpower -- Women unplugged -- My refrigerator versus the world -- The power imperatives : integrity, capital, and fuel -- The American way of war -- Beirut's generator mafia -- It's not possible to keep the lights on without coal -- The new (electric) economy -- Electrified cash -- Watts into weed -- The blackout will not be televised -- The terawatt challenge -- The all-renewable delusion -- This land is my land -- The nuclear necessity -- Future grid
Control code
on1108532841
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxv, 322 pages
Isbn
9781541757141
Lccn
2019044917
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
A question of power : electricity and the wealth of nations, Robert Bryce
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-307) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Electricity 101 -- The transformative power of electricity -- The vertical city -- The new (electric) deal -- Wiring the superpower -- Women unplugged -- My refrigerator versus the world -- The power imperatives : integrity, capital, and fuel -- The American way of war -- Beirut's generator mafia -- It's not possible to keep the lights on without coal -- The new (electric) economy -- Electrified cash -- Watts into weed -- The blackout will not be televised -- The terawatt challenge -- The all-renewable delusion -- This land is my land -- The nuclear necessity -- Future grid
Control code
on1108532841
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxv, 322 pages
Isbn
9781541757141
Lccn
2019044917
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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