The transition path is complex, and the tools we need to develop and the physical infrastructure investments we need to make, are daunting. Whether the social and technological level that endures sees us travelling to the stars, or subsisting at a standard of living more similar to the pre-fossil fuel era, is far from certain. Skip to main content Skip to table of contents. Advertisement Hide.
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Front Matter Pages i-xxxiv. Stored Energy Builds a Northern Nation. Pages Energy Budgets for People and Nations. Abundance Abounds, Why Change? Renewable Energy Learning Curve. Public Policy Formation for Successful Change. A New World for Public Policy. Back Matter Pages About this book Introduction Canada is a well-endowed country that serves as an ideal model to lead the reader through the development of energy, resources, and society historically and into a post-carbon future.
Political and social realities, including jurisdiction and energy equality issues, are addressed. However, we cannot simply mandate or legislate policies according to social and political aspirations. Policies must comply with the realities of physical laws, such as the energy return on investment EROI for fossil-fuel based and renewable energy systems.
EROI is discussed in both historical terms and in reference to the greater efficiencies inherent in a distributed generation, mainly electric, post-carbon society. Meyer explores the often misleading concepts and terms that have become embedded in society and tend to dictate our policy making, as well as the language, social and personal goals, and metrics that need to change before the physical transition can begin at the required scale.
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The Renewable Energy Transition
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