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Fueling the Planet by Michael B. McElroy

Fueling the Planet

The Past, Present, and Future of Energy

by Michael B. McElroy

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Unabridged Edition
Running Time
8 Hrs.


Renowned professor Michael B. McElroy leads a comprehensive examination of energy, including its history, use in the world today, and environmental consequences. Whether discussing the “oil shocks” of the 1970s, the current reliance on imported oil, or the growing buildup of carbon dioxide in the planet’s atmosphere, it is clear that energy represents one of the world’s most daunting challenges. In these informed, easy-to-follow lectures, Professor McElroy imparts a clear understanding of energy—in all its applications—and offers a vision for a clean, safe, and sustainable future.

Lecture 1 A Short History of the Earth

Lecture 2 What Is Energy?

Lecture 3 The Sun

Lecture 4 Fossil Fuels: Coal and Oil (Part I)

Lecture 5 Oil (Part II) and Natural Gas

Lecture 6 Water and Wind Power

Lecture 7 The Nature and History of Nuclear Power

Lecture 8 Steam and the Industrial Revolution

Lecture 9 Electricity

Lecture 10 The Internal Combustion Engine

Lecture 11 How We Use Energy Today

Lecture 12 The Climate Challenge

Lecture 13 Options for a Low-Carbon Energy Economy: Corn, Sugar Cane, and Other Biofuels

Lecture 14 Vision for a Sustainable Energy Future

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