The Hydrogen Economy

The Hydrogen Economy

The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
The message of The Hydrogen Economy is resoundingly simple: The earth is depleting its oil reserves and even the most generous estimates show oil reserves peaking in about forty years. The specter of global warming and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the oil-rich regions of the earth worsen the problem considerably. The answer, asserts Rifkin, is to embrace a new energy source that is just now gaining public attention: hydrogen.

This abundant element, found everywhere on earth including in air and water, can be transformed, using sustainable methods, into a potentially limitless form of clean-burning fuel. But this potential will founder unless we act now to create the necessary global infrastructure before the factors above overtake us. If we embrace this momentous opportunity, Rifkin says, we will also be able to reinvent the global economy as one in which an inexpensive energy grid provides affordable, efficient fuel for virtually everyone on earth. If we fail, our current economic regime-built exclusively on fossil fuels-will collapse. As the concept of a hydrogen-based future grows in the news, The Hydrogen Economy will lead the way.

Baker & Taylor
Exposes the coming depletion of oil reserves and illuminates the potential of sustainable hydrogen fuel to replace fossil fuels.

Book News
Well-known as a social critic and the author of such popular books as The End of Work and The Biotech Century , Rifkin (Foundation on Economic Trends, Washington, DC) looks ahead to the next great economic revolution predicted to be fueled by hydrogen rather than fossil fuels. He considers the "Islamist" wild card in what he terms "reglobization from the bottom up." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

The author of The Biotech Century exposes the coming depletion of oil reserves and illuminates the potential of sustainable hydrogen fuel to replace fossil fuels.

Publisher: New York : J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2002
ISBN: 9781585421930
Branch Call Number: 333.8 RIF
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 23 cm


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