Sustainable Energy - without the hot air

Sustainable Energy - without the hot air

Endorsements from industry leaders

At last a book that comprehensively reveals the true facts about sustainable energy in a form that is both highly readable and entertaining. David MacKay's technique of simplifying the analysis in a step-by-step approach cuts through the "twaddle" he refers to which is often used to confuse, misdirect and distort by many that know better and by others who should know better. A "must read" for all those who have a part to play in addressing our climate crisis. Robert Sansom
Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development
EDF Energy
This is a really valuable contribution to the continuing discussion of energy policy. The author uses a potent mixture of arithmetic and common sense to dispel some myths and slay some sacred cows. In lay language he systematically analyses the whole gamut of energy sources, sustainable and less so, and assesses their potential. The book has a superb bibliography and is an essential reference work for anyone with an interest in energy that goes deeper than the Sunday newspapers and who really wants to understand the numbers. Lord Ron Oxburgh KBE FRS
Former Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell
"Sustainable Energy - without the hot air" is an excellent book. Within it, cogent arguments for adopting a sustainable approach to providing society with the energy it needs are firmly established on a solid foundation of data. The data, so often misrepresented or misunderstood, are here carefully and comprehensively compiled and then woven into clear and honest investigations of the various sources of energy to help people arrive at sensible decisions about energy use. As a resource for the data alone, this book is a gem. The data, combined with David MacKay's lucid, uncomplicated lines of argument make this a necessary and useful book for non-experts and experts alike. Dr Mike Sheppard
Schlumberger Fellow
Schlumberger Cambridge Research
By focusing on the metrics of energy consumption and production, in addition to the aspiration we all share for viable renewable energy, David MacKay's book provides a welcome addition to the energy literature. "Sustainable Energy - without the hot air" is a vast undertaking that provides both a practical guide and a reference manual. Perhaps ironically for a book on sustainable energy, MacKay's account of the numbers illustrates just how challenging replacing fossil fuel will be, and why both energy conservation and new energy technology are necessary. Darran Messem
Vice President Fuel Development
Royal Dutch Shell
This is a must read for anyone who wants to help heal our world. Carol Atkinson
Chief Executive of BRE Global
I heartily commend David MacKay's excellent book "Sustainable Energy - without the hot air" which in my view retains 'the passion' whilst permitting the entry of consideration of 'the facts' - an almost unique achievement! Splendid! George Morris
Technical Director Energy and Environment, QinetiQ
David MacKay seeks to 'cut the twaddle' about sustainable energy. His book does this very impressively. It is easy to read, witty, highly informative and soundly logical. It will help set the technical foundation from which wise choices can be made. Dr Andy Leonard

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