Best Coal Energy Books
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1. Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy
Author: by Russell Gold
Published at: Simon & Schuster (November 10, 2020)
Meet Michael Skelly, the man boldly harnessing wind energy that could power America’s future and break its fossil fuel dependence in this essential, compelling look into the future of the nation’s power grid (Bryan Burrough, author of The Big Rich).
The United States is in the midst of an energy transition. We have fallen out of love with dirty fossil fuels and want to embrace renewable energy sources like wind and solar. A transition from a North American power grid that is powered mostly by fossil fuels to one that is predominantly clean is feasible, but it would require a massive building spreewind turbines, solar panels, wires, and billions of dollars would be needed.
Enter Michael Skelly, an infrastructure builder who began working on wind energy in 2000 when many considered the industry a joke. Eight years later, Skelly helped build the second largest wind power company in the United Statesand sold it for $2 billion.
Wind energy was no longer funnyit was well on its way to powering more than 6% of electricity in the United States. Award-winning journalist, Russel Gold tells Skelly’s story, which in many ways is the story of our nation’s evolving relationship with renewable energy.
2. The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
Author: by Daniel Yergin
Published at: Penguin Books; Revised, Updated ed. edition (September 26, 2012)
This long-awaited successor to Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize provides an essential, overarching narrative of global energy, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic changeA master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prizewinning book, The Prize.
In The Quest, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change and conflict, in a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them.
The Quest tells the inside stories, tackles the tough questions, and reveals surprising insights about coal, electricity, and natural gas. He explains how climate change became a great issue and leads readers through the rebirth of renewable energies, energy independence, and the return of the electric car.
Epic in scope and never more timely, The Quest vividly reveals the decisions, technologies, and individuals that are shaping our future.
3. Energy: A Human History
Author: by Richard Rhodes
Published at: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (June 11, 2019)
A meticulously researched (The New York Times Book Review) examination of energy transitions over time and an exploration of the current challenges presented by global warming, a surging world population, and renewable energyfrom Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Richard Rhodes.
People have lived and died, businesses have prospered and failed, and nations have risen to world power and declined, all over energy challenges. Through an unforgettable cast of characters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes explains how wood gave way to coal and coal made room for oil, as we now turn to natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable energy.
Entertaining and informativea powerful look at the importance of science (NPR. Org), Rhodes looks back on five centuries of progress, through such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth I, King James I, Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford.
In his magisterial historya tour de force of popular science (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Rhodes shows how breakthroughs in energy production occurred; from animal and waterpower to the steam engine, from internal-combustion to the electric motor. He looks at the current energy landscape, with a focus on how wind energy is competing for dominance with cast supplies of coal and natural gas.
4. Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030
Author: by Tony Seba
Published at: Tony Seba; Beta edition (May 20, 2014)
The industrial age of energy and transportation will be over by 2030.Maybe before. Exponentially improving technologies such as solar, electric vehicles, and autonomous (self-driving) cars will disrupt and sweep away the energy and transportation industries as we know it. The Stone Age did not end because we ran out of rocks.
It ended because a disruptive technology ushered in the Bronze Age. The era of centralized, command-and-control, extraction-resource-based energy sources (oil, gas, coal and nuclear) will not end because we run out of petroleum, natural gas, coal, or uranium. It will end because these energy sources, the business models they employ, and the products that sustain them will be disrupted by superior technologies, product architectures, and business models.
The same Silicon Valley ecosystem that created bit-based technologies that have disrupted atom-based industries is now creating bit- and electron-based technologies that will disrupt atom-based energy industries. This is a technology-based disruption reminiscent of how the cell phone, Internet, and personal computer swept away industries such as landline telephony, publishing, and mainframe computers.
5. Coal: A Human History
Author: by Barbara Freese
Published at: Basic Books; Illustrated edition (February 9, 2016)
“Engrossing …Coal, to borrow a phrase, is king.” – New York Times Book Review In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of millions of years ago and spans the globe. Prized as “the best stone in Britain” by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, launched empires, and expanded frontiers.
It made China an eleventh-century superpower, inspired the Communist Manifesto, and helped the North win the American Civil War. Yet coal’s transformative power has come at tremendous cost, from the blackening of our lungs and skies, to the perils of mining, to global warming.
Now updated with a new chapter describing the high-stakes conflict between coal’s defenders and those working to preserve a livable climate, Coal offers a captivating history of the mineral that helped build the modern world but now endangers our future.
6. A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow
Author: by Joshua S. Goldstein
Published at: PublicAffairs; Illustrated edition (January 8, 2019)
The first book to offer a proven, fast, inexpensive, and practical way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and prevent catastrophic climate change. As climate change quickly approaches a series of turning points that guarantee disastrous outcomes, a solution is hiding in plain sight.
Several countries have already replaced fossil fuels with low-carbon energy sources, and done so rapidly, in one to two decades. By following their methods, we could decarbonize the global economy by midcentury, replacing fossil fuels even while world energy use continues to rise.
But so far we have lacked the courage to really try. In this clear-sighted and compelling book, Joshua Goldstein and Staffan Qvist explain how clean energy quickly replaced fossil fuels in such places as Sweden, France, South Korea, and Ontario.
Their people enjoyed prosperity and growing energy use in harmony with the natural environment. They didn’t do this through personal sacrifice, nor through 100 percent renewables, but by using them in combination with an energy source the Swedes call kkraft, hundreds of times safer and cleaner than coal.
7. Life, Work, and Rebellion in the Coal Fields: The Southern West Virginia Miners, 1880-1922 2nd Edition (Volume 16) (WEST VIRGINIA & APPALACHIA)
Author: by David Corbin
Published at: West Virginia University Press; 2nd edition (October 1, 2015)
Between 1880 and 1922, the coal fields of southern West Virginia witnessed two bloody and protracted strikes, the formation of two competing unions, and the largest armed conflict in American labor historya week-long battle between 20,000 coal miners and 5,000 state police, deputy sheriffs, and mine guards.
These events resulted in an untold number of deaths, indictments of over 550 coal miners for insurrection and treason, and four declarations of martial law. Corbin argues that these violent events were collective and militant acts of aggression interconnected and conditioned by decades of oppression.
His study goes a long way toward breaking down the old stereotypes of Appalachian and coal mining culture. This second edition contains a new preface and afterword by author David A.Corbin.
8. Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power
Author: by Meghan L. O'Sullivan
Published at: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (September 18, 2018)
Windfall is the boldest profile of the world’s energy resources since Daniel Yergin’s The Quest, asserting that the new energy abundancedue to oil and gas resources once deemed too expensiveis transforming the geo-political order and is boosting American power. Riveting and comprehensive…
A smart, deeply researched primer on the subject. The New York Times Book ReviewAs a new administration focuses on driving American energy production, O’Sullivan’s refreshing and illuminating (Foreign Policy) Windfall describes how new energy realities have profoundly affected the world of international relations and security.
New technologies led to oversupplied oil markets and an emerging natural gas glut. This did more than drive down pricesit changed the structure of markets and altered the way many countries wield power and influence. America’s new energy prowess has global implications.
It transforms politics in Russia, Europe, China, and the Middle East. O’Sullivan considers the landscape, offering insights and presenting consequences for each region’s domestic stability as energy abundance upends traditional partnerships, creating opportunities for cooperation. The advantages of this new abundance are greater than its downside for the US: it strengthens American hard and soft power.
9. No Good Alternative: Volume Two of Carbon Ideologies
Author: by William T. Vollmann
Published at: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 2, 2019)
The most honest book about climate change yet. The AtlanticThe Infinite Jest of climate books. The BafflerAn eye-opening look at the consequences of coal mining and oil and natural gas productionthe second of a two volume work by award-winning author William T.
Vollmann on the ideologies of energy production and the causes of climate changeThe second volume of William T. Vollmann’s epic book about the factors and human actions that have led to global warming begins in the coal fields of West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, where “America’s best friend” is not merely a fuel, but a “heritage.” Over the course of four years Vollmann finds hollowed out towns with coal-polluted streams and acidified drinking water; makes covert visits to mountaintop removal mines; and offers documented accounts of unpaid fines for federal health and safety violations and of miners who died because their bosses cut corners to make more money.
To write about natural gas, Vollmann journeys to Greeley, Colorado, where he interviews anti-fracking activists, a city planner, and a homeowner with serious health issues from fracking. Turning to oil production, he speaks with, among others, the former CEO of Conoco and a vice president of the Bank of Oklahoma in charge of energy loans, and conducts furtive roadside interviews of guest workers performing oil-related contract labor in the United Arab Emirates.
10. The Green and the Black: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy
Author: by Gary Sernovitz
Published at: St. Martin's Press; First Edition (February 23, 2016)
Gary Sernovitz leads a double life. A typical New York liberal, he is also an oilman – a fact his left-leaning friends let slide until the word “fracking” entered popular parlance. “How can you frack?” they suddenly demanded, aghast. But for Sernovitz, the real question is, “What happens if we don’t?”Fracking has become a four-letter word to environmentalists.
But most people don’t know what it means. In his fast-paced, funny, and lively book, Sernovitz explains the reality of fracking: what it is, how it can be made safer, and how the oil business works. He also tells the bigger story.
Fracking was just one part of a shale revolution that shocked our assumptions about fueling America’s future. The revolution has transformed the world with consequences for the oil industry, investors, environmentalists, political leaders, and anyone who lives in areas shaped by the shales, uses fossil fuels, or cares about the climate – in short, everyone.
Thanks to American engineers’ oilfield innovations, the United States is leading the world in reducing carbon emissions, has sparked a potential manufacturing renaissance, and may soon eliminate its dependence on foreign energy. Once again the largest oil and gas producer in the world, America has altered its balance of power with Russia and the Middle East.
11. Fossil Fuel Hydrogen: Technical, Economic and Environmental Potential
Author: by William J. Nuttall
Published at: Springer; 1st ed. 2020 edition (November 13, 2019)
As the case for Climate Change mitigation becomes ever more pressing, hydrogen has the potential to play a major role in a low-carbon energy future. Hydrogen can drive the vehicles of tomorrow and also heat homes and supply energy to businesses.
Much recent discussion in energy policy circles has considered ways in which greatly expanded electrification can meet the demand for low-carbon mobility and heating. Such narratives centre on the widespread use of renewable energy sources with occasionally surplus renewable electricity being used to produce hydrogen, for example by electrolysis.
While such developments have a beneficial role to play, this book focuses on an alternative paradigm. This book considers a more evolutionary path involving the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels, most notably natural gas, but in ways that greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In this way much established industrial capacity and know how might be transitioned to help deliver the low carbon future that the world so desperately requires. Presenting up-to-date energy policy recommendations with a focus on hydrogen from fossil fuels, the book will be of considerable interest to policymakers and energy researchers in academia, industry and government labs, while also offering a valuable reference guide for business developers in low-carbon energy, and for oil and gas industry analysts.