Sustainable Energy - without the hot air

Sustainable Energy - without the hot air

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One of the best books on energy that has been written. ... If someone wants an overall view of how energy gets used, where it comes from, and the challenges in switching to new sources, this is the book to read. ... I was thrilled to see a book that is scientific, numeric, broad, open-minded, and well written on a topic where a lot of narrow, obscure, non-numeric writing confuses the public. People need to really understand what is going on and then be part of the process of moving the world to a new energy infrastructure. Bill Gates.
As governments seek to avert both economic and climate crisis with green fiscal stimulus packages - simultaneously boosting spending and precipitating a wholesale shift away from fossil fuels to sustainable energy - David MacKay's book could not have come at a better time. Based on principles of hard, quantitative analysis and free of hyperbole, it sets out clearly and concisely much of the information that politicians need in order to make sound decisions on energy policy. All energy and climate policymakers should read it. Robert Bailey
Senior Policy Adviser,
Oxfam GB
Started reading your book yesterday. Took the day off work today so that I could continue reading it. It is a fabulous, witty, no-nonsense, valuable piece of work, and I am busy sending it to everyone I know. Matthew Sullivan
Carbon Advice Group Plc
A total delight to read. Extraordinarily clear and engaging. Chris Goodall
author of 'Ten Technologies to Save the Planet'
Green Party Parliamentary candidate, Oxford
I've found your book to be absolutely superb and have been recommending it almost embarrasingly regularly to pretty much everyone with whom I've had a 'sustainable energy' conversation recently. The chapters towards the back (27, 28, 29, 32) are very, very thought-provoking. The lack of political leadership in this area is deplorable and it made my blood boil to read the contradictory quotes from Tony Blair! David Howey

I have just finished reading through your latest draft of Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air. What a lovely book, thanks very much for writing it.

I feel better in a way that a cancer patient might feel after reading something in-depth about his disease: happier, if not happy, as it has eased the tension of not knowing where he stands. And even were fossil fuels sustainable it would remain interesting as a more concrete picture of what modern life really entails.

Richard Procter
New Zealand
thanks for the book. I took it to the loo and almost didn't come out again. Matthew Moss
Private Secretary to the Vice-Chancellor
University of Cambridge
Professor MacKay's book would be valuable solely for the information it contains, but it is such an enjoyable read at the same time as to belie the gifts it's doling out to the reader. With energy and environmental issues at the top of the international agenda, and with misinformation, disinformation, and pie in the sky so prominent in public discussion, MacKay brings the cold scalpel of fact to excise the hype. Exploring even the most arcane energy systems being proposed as solutions to our energy dilemma, he separates what is possible from what is merely wishful thinking. But he does it in such a no-nonsense manner as to disarm even the most skeptical reader. His talent at making learning so enjoyable makes me envy his students, though with this offering we can all get a taste of what truly great teaching is all about. Tom Blees
author of Prescription for the Planet - The Painless Remedy For Our Energy & Environmental Crises
I have spent several decades in the energy sector and without doubt this is the best and most interesting book I have ever read on the subject. 'Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air' by David MacKay has received rave reviews, covers every conceivable energy source, and is made very readable by a good writing style and by shoving all the equations into an appendix (and of course the obligatory poking of the occasional bit of fun at U.S attitudes). Although it is non-technical and purposely avoids economics and politics it is still a great short course on the fundamentals of energy. John Westwood
Chairman, Douglas-Westwood - Energy business analysts

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