Understanding Energy and Energy Policy

Timothy Braun and Lisa Glidden


A unique and essential book for non-scientists who need to understand international energy policy.
Activists, scientists and policymakers around the world have long argued that we need to find sustainable and secure solutions to the world's energy demands. At issue for citizens worldwide is whether we are scientifically literate enough to understand the potential policy choices before us.

Understanding Energy and Energy Policy is a one-stop resource for understanding the complexities of energy policy and the science behind the utilization of energy sources. The multidisciplinary perspective presented in this book is necessary for readers to be able to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of potential energy policies. The book draws on case studies from the global North and South, from countries that are resource poor and resource rich, while providing explanations of the science and politics behind burning fossil fuels, and power created through nuclear energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, wind energy, biofuels and water.

Author Bio

Timothy F. Braun is an assistant professor of biological sciences at the State University of New York College at Oswego.

Lisa M. Glidden is an associate professor of political science at the State University of New York College at Oswego.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Basic Energy and Policy Concepts
  • 2. Fossil Fuels
  • 3. Nuclear Power
  • 4. Biomass and Biofuels
  • 5. Hydropower
  • 6. Wind Power
  • 7. Geothermal Energy
  • 8. Solar Energy
  • 9. Conclusion: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Appendix: Renewable Energy Support Policies


'This detailed yet accessible book is essential reading for anyone who wants to gain an informed understanding of the energy sector in order to participate constructively in the debate.'
Ian Tellam, Stockholm Environment Institute

'Provides an excellent overview of the technical and political challenges associated with future energy supply. A fantastic source book.' Karen Bickerstaff, University of Exeter

'Accessible, comprehensive, compelling! If education is the safeguard of democracy, this book offers not only a first-rate intellectual synthesis but also a vital political contribution.'
Karen Litfin, author of Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community


Publication Date: 13 November 2014
222 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781780329345
Hardback: 9781780329352
eBook ePub: 9781780329376
eBook PDF: 9781780329369
eBook Kindle: 9781780329383

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