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Energy Analysis

When Trucks Stop Running

Energy and the Future of Transportation

Authors: Friedemann, Alice J.

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About this book

In lively and engaging language, this book describes our dependence on freight transport and its vulnerability to diminishing supplies and high prices of oil. Ships, trucks, and trains are the backbone of civilization, hauling the goods that fulfill our every need and desire. Their powerful, highly-efficient diesel combustion engines are exquisitely fine-tuned to burn petroleum-based diesel fuel. These engines and the fuels that fire them have been among the most transformative yet disruptive technologies on the planet. Although this transportation revolution has allowed many of us to fill our homes with global goods even a past emperor would envy, our era of abundance, and the freight transport system in particular, is predicated on the affordability and high energy density of a single fuel, oil. This book explores alternatives to this finite resource including other liquid fuels, truck and locomotive batteries and utility-scale energy storage technology, and various forms of renewable electricity to support electrified transport. Transportation also must adapt to other challenges: Threats from climate change, financial busts, supply-chain failure, and transportation infrastructure decay. Robert Hirsch, who wrote the “Peaking of World Oil Production” report for the U.S. Department of Energy in 2005, said that planning for peak world production must start at least 10, if not 20 years ahead of time. What little planning exists focuses mainly on how to accommodate 30 percent more economic growth while averting climate change, ignoring the possibility that we are at, or near, the end of growth. Taken for granted, the modern transportation system will not endure forever. The time is now to take a realistic and critical look at the choices ahead, and how the future of transportation may unfold.

About the authors

A.J. Friedemann is the creator of http://energyskeptic.com/. Ms. Friedemann is perhaps best known for "Peak Soil", which David Pimentel at Cornell, Tad Patzek at U.C. Berkeley, and Walter Youngquist (author of "Geodestinies") edited.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • When Trucks Stop Running, America Stops

    Friedemann, Alice J.

    Pages 1-3

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  • Shipping Makes the World Go Round

    Friedemann, Alice J.

    Pages 5-10

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  • Why You Should Love Trains

    Friedemann, Alice J.

    Pages 11-15

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  • Why You Should Love Trucks

    Friedemann, Alice J.

    Pages 17-21

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  • The Oiliness of Everything: Invisible Oil and Energy Payback Time

    Friedemann, Alice J.

    Pages 23-28

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eBook 41,64 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-26375-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Softcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-26373-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
When Trucks Stop Running
Book Subtitle
Energy and the Future of Transportation
Authors
Series Title
Energy Analysis
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-26375-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-26375-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-26373-1
Series ISSN
2191-7876
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 132
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 illustrations in colour
Topics