Before the Wells Run Dry
Ireland's Transition to Renewable Energy

Edited by Richard Douthwaite

Before the Wells Run Dry
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published: 30th October 2003
ISBN: 9781843510376
Format: 244mm x 176mm


The world is using oil at four times the rate it is finding it, and the output of many existing fields is beginning to decline. Whenever it occurs, the decline in oil and gas output will be a turning point in human history since the use of increasing amounts of fossil energy has been the basis of globalisation and rapid economic growth. The thirty energy experts who contribute to this book discuss when the turning point will actually occur and whether other energy sources can be developed in time to avert the looming energy shortage. They discuss a number of questions: •

What about coal? There’s plenty in the ground but it is a dirty fuel whose greater use would accelerate global warming. •

How do renewable energy sources—wind, waves, tides, hydro, biomass and the sun—really stack up? • - Which technologies are ready for massive investments to begin?

Richard Douthwaite

Richard Douthwaite is an economist and writer with a special interest in climate and energy issues and in local economic development. His best-known book, The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet explores the effects that the pursuit of growth has had on the environment and society.

He is a co-founder of Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, the Dublin-based international network of people who believe that the world's sustainability problems are due to the use of dysfunctional systems and are trying to develop better ones. His current projects include the design and introduction of novel financing arrangements for community energy projects and the management of the Carbon Cycles and Sinks Network which explores ways in which land-based greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 336 pages
ISBN: 9781843510376
Format: 244mm x 176mm
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BISAC Code:  BUS070040, BUS072000
Imprint: FEASTA

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