Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ten Things You Might Not Know About the Future of Clean Energy by Gary Schwendiman

Ten Things You Might Not Know about the Future of Clean Energy
To be prepared for the future requires awareness and understanding of the issues at play. The whole subject of clean energy is beset with myths, rumors, and misunderstandings, so that the average smart person can be forgiven for being confused about even the basic terms. I wrote The Future of Clean Energy to clear up these myths and confusions. These are important issues that will affect all of us within our lifetimes. Here are just some of the points I address:
1. Climate Change is a natural, periodic fluctuation in the Earth’s climate, subject to cyclic alterations. Global Warming is a man-made and recent phenomenon whereby the basic temperature of the planet’s atmosphere has increased and is increasing at an unprecedented rate and to an unprecedented degree.
·        2. Natural gas is the only source of energy currently used both to create electricity and to fuel land-based vehicles. But it’s not the solution to the problems in either case.
·        3. Nuclear power is the only source of energy currently used both to create electricity and to fuel sea-based vehicles—submarines. In fact, nuclear-powered submarines have been in use since the 1950s.
·        4. A development of the technology used for nuclear submarines is the basis for Small Modular Reactors, which might just be the solution to the energy crisis for some of the millions of people currently without access to electricity at home.
·        5. The notorious nuclear disasters of history were actually far less catastrophic than the media presented them. For example, nobody died as a result of the nuclear reactor failure at Fukushima.
·       6.  Nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons are not interchangeable whatsoever. Nuclear reactors create clean electricity with no threat to security.
·       7.  Battery-powered cars and hybrids are not the solution to the coming fuel crisis.
·        8. The Internal Combustion Engine is not going away; it just keeps improving.
·        9. Ethanol is the perfect fuel to power the Internal Combustion Engine, and the corn used to create it is not the same corn that we (or our meat) eat.
·        10. NASCAR and the Indie 500 have been using a high-ethanol fuel in their racing cars for some time. This should be enough of an answer to anyone who’s heard that ethanol reduces engine performance.
About the Author

In his groundbreaking new book, The Future of Clean Energy, Dr. Gary Schwendiman details the startling truths he uncovered during ten years of research in clean energy. Most popular beliefs about the future of clean energy are simply wrong, and most governments waste billions of dollars on the wrong green initiatives. Written for the casual reader, Schwendiman’s book presents the facts in an accessible, compelling, and—most importantly—entertaining way. 

Dr. Schwendiman cofounded one of the first private equity firms in the United States to invest exclusively in clean energy. He has given presentations on clean energy topics in 26 states and 10 foreign countries. Prior to that, he dedicated much of his long career to studying, working, and contributing to energy and fuel production.

This vast experience led Schwendiman to uncover the truths about which clean energy technologies will win and which technologies will lose as the world goes green. These truths will be shocking to most people, making The Future of Clean Energy a must-read for everyone from political leaders to energy executives to casual readers with an interest in how we’re going to solve some of the world’s most difficult environmental and economic problems. Schwendiman is the father of five children and grandfather of 14. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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