The End of Energy Obesity: Breaking Today's Energy Addiction for a Prosperous and Secure Tomorrow
Chief Energy Economist of ARC Financial Corp. & Author
July 18, 2009
Is it any wonder that our energy needs are so great? Nearly everything that defines our way of life requires energy-consuming devices, from cars, planes, trains, and air conditioning to lights and computers. And our global appetite for energy keeps growing as population and wealth obliges consumption on an unfathomable scale.
Over the years, we've made our devices more efficient, only to find, ironically, that it's made us consume even more energy. We've periodically cut back our energy use only to revert back to bad habits. We've added more renewables only to find that fossil fuels still dominate. Now we are energy obese. How can the world reduce its energy appetite and change its diet of fuels for a prosperous and secure tomorrow?
In The End of Energy Obesity, energy expert and bestselling author Peter Tertzakian explores solutions to this question by analyzing the role of technology and circumstance on our energy use. Throughout the book, Tertzakian focuses on the most practical options that provide the highest leverage for resolving our energy problems and reveals how evolving habits, lifestyles, mind-sets, and innovations--that might seem improbable now--will help curb our insatiable energy appetite.
Peter Tertzakian is Chief Energy Economist of ARC Financial Corporation and bestselling author of A Thousand Barrels a Second: The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World. Passionate about the history and direction of energy in society, Tertzakian blends three decades of experience in geophysics, economics, technology, and finance to analyze energy trends. Over the years, his prescient advice to corporate leaders, policymakers, and students has earned him many accolades for his work, including an asteroid in his name. Always questioning the consensus view, Tertzakian writes a weekly journal, is often quoted or seen in the media (including an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), and is a sought-after speaker at events around the world.