Farewell Fossil Fuels: Reviewing America's Energy Policy


Energy has become America's forgotten crisis. For more than a decade, Americans have become stridently complacent towards the use and especially the availability of energy to fuel most aspects of their economic and recreational lives.

Memories of the oil shocks of the '70s have grown very dim. Long lines at gas stations have been replaced with long lines of people at auto dealers buying gas-guzzling sport-utility vehicles. The United States now imports more oil, over 50%, than it did prior to the first "oil crisis" of 1973-74. Yet our reliance on fossil fuels has not been tempered by history.

Fossil fuels -- petroleum, natural gas, and coal -- are finite, and eventually they will run out. They are not renewable, and they carry significant political and environmental complications. But there are alternatives. Sidney Borowitz presents a concise, coherent narrative of the major sources of energy currently in use today throughout the world, and explains, in a cogent, jargon-free manner, how these other energy sources -- nuclear, solar photovoltaics, wind, geothermal, fusion, hydrogen, and ocean currents -- can be developed.

To continue on our present complacent course is to court environmental and political disaster. This prescient book presents a clear-eyed, even-handed explication of solutions that will help us avoid future energy crises.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1999