The Energy Maze

  • Roger James Kuhns
  • George H. Shaw
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Abstract

The United States must have a comprehensive sustainable energy policy in order to exit the carbon economy energy maze into a clean energy economy and sustainable society. Sustainability is a foundational concept for this policy and illustrates how energy policy touches all aspects of the environment, our communities, and the economy. Formulating a national energy policy is truly difficult in light of the wide variety of opinions about energy security, opinions on science, concerns for the environment, and an understanding of how it must be connected to sound economics and quality of life for Americans. To this end we examine a strategic focus, traditional grids and microgrids, existing energy-related federal laws, and energy-related subsidies as a backdrop for the following chapters.

Keywords

Sustainable Energy economy Grid Microgrid Energy policy Transportation Efficiency Climate Coal Petroleum Natural gas Economy Environment Community Residential Commercial Industry Carbon Consumption Peak oil Global warming Renewable Subsidies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger James Kuhns
    • 1
  • George H. Shaw
    • 2
  1. 1.SustainAudit, LLCMysticUSA
  2. 2.Geology DepartmentUnion CollegeSchenectadyUSA

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