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Energy, environment, and economics

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Abstract

In this interview, Dr. Barry Commoner discusses his analysis of energy problems as a function of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, i.e., that energy is necessary in order to perform work. As outlined in his book The Poverty of Power, a good thermodynamic approach matches the amount of energy expended with the task to be done. Electric transport is more energy efficient than private automobiles and illustrates how capital is wasted and social harm done to increase private profit. Inefficient energy use is the result of basing conservation efforts on the First rather than the Second Law. Commoner advocates social changes that give society more control over the means of production and the way resources are used. He feels the relative merits of solar energy and breeder reactors should be debated and a choice made, preferably for solar, to make a gradual transition to renewable resources. (DCK)
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Publication Date:
Sep 01, 1979
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
EPA-06-003104; EDB-80-066242
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Soc. Alternatives; (Australia); Journal Volume: 1:5; Other Information: Interviewed by Bob Debus
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ENERGY POLICY; RECOMMENDATIONS; ENERGY SOURCE DEVELOPMENT; ECONOMIC IMPACT; ENERGY CONSERVATION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; SOCIAL IMPACT; SOLAR ENERGY; THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES; THERMODYNAMICS; EFFICIENCY; ENERGY; ENERGY SOURCES; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; PHYSICAL PROPERTIES; 293000* - Energy Planning & Policy- Policy, Legislation, & Regulation; 292000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Supply, Demand & Forecasting; 290200 - Energy Planning & Policy- Economics & Sociology; 530100 - Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy Technologies- Social & Economic Studies- (-1989)
OSTI ID:
5487679
Research Organizations:
Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO
Country of Origin:
Australia
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: SOALD
Submitting Site:
TIC
Size:
Pages: 39-44
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Citation Formats

Commoner, B. Energy, environment, and economics. Australia: N. p., 1979. Web.
Commoner, B. Energy, environment, and economics. Australia.
Commoner, B. 1979. "Energy, environment, and economics." Australia.
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title = {Energy, environment, and economics}
author = {Commoner, B}
abstractNote = {In this interview, Dr. Barry Commoner discusses his analysis of energy problems as a function of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, i.e., that energy is necessary in order to perform work. As outlined in his book The Poverty of Power, a good thermodynamic approach matches the amount of energy expended with the task to be done. Electric transport is more energy efficient than private automobiles and illustrates how capital is wasted and social harm done to increase private profit. Inefficient energy use is the result of basing conservation efforts on the First rather than the Second Law. Commoner advocates social changes that give society more control over the means of production and the way resources are used. He feels the relative merits of solar energy and breeder reactors should be debated and a choice made, preferably for solar, to make a gradual transition to renewable resources. (DCK)}
journal = {Soc. Alternatives; (Australia)}
volume = {1:5}
journal type = {AC}
place = {Australia}
year = {1979}
month = {Sep}
}