Sustainable Energy – Without The Hot Air

Read the book, or chapters, or synopsis, here.

This remarkable book sets out, with enormous clarity and objectivity, the various alternative low-carbon pathways that are open to us. Sir David King FRS
Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, 2000-08
For anyone with influence on energy policy, whether in government, business or a campaign group, this book should be compulsory reading. Tony Juniper
Former Executive Director, Friends of the Earth
Sustainable Energy - without the hot air
At last a book that comprehensively reveals the true facts about sustainable energy in a form that is both highly readable and entertaining. Robert Sansom
EDF Energy
… a really valuable contribution … The author uses a potent mixture of arithmetic and common sense to dispel some myths and slay some sacred cows. Lord Oxburgh KBE FRS
Former Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell
Engagingly written, packed with useful information, and refreshingly factual. Peter Ainsworth MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs
Everyone who cares about the survival of humanity should read this book. … I’ve been reading books about energy and climate change for the last 20 years, and this is the best yet. Stephen Tindale
Co-founder, Climate Answers
and former Executive Director of Greenpeace UK.
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

God, man and growth

Some research was carried out in 2003 to explore the connection between religion, religiousness and economic growth.  The story is told in this article by The Economist: God, man and growth.  The conclusion supports the thesis that values are key to social and economic success, not religion itself.  It is the belief in being part of something bigger, more than the practice of religion, that fuels prosperity.

Here’s an extract:

The most striking conclusion, though, is that belief in the afterlife, heaven and hell are good for economic growth. Of these, fear of hell is by far the most powerful, but all three indicators have a bigger impact on economic performance than merely turning up for church. The authors surmise, therefore, that religion works via belief, not practice. A parish priest might tell you that simply going through the motions will bring you little benefit in the next world. If Mr Barro and Ms McCleary are right, it does you little good in this one either.

Indeed, Mr Barro and Ms McCleary go further. They find that church-going, after a certain point, is (in an economic sense, anyway) a waste of time. They argue that higher church attendance uses up time and resources, and eventually runs into diminishing returns. The “religion sector”, as they call it, can consume more than it yields.