Endorsements from industry leaders
At last a book that comprehensively reveals the true facts about
sustainable energy in a form that is both highly readable and
entertaining. David MacKay's technique of simplifying the analysis in a
step-by-step approach cuts through the "twaddle" he refers to which is
often used to confuse, misdirect and distort by many that know better
and by others who should know better. A "must read" for all those who
have a part to play in addressing our climate crisis.
Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development
This is a really valuable contribution to the continuing
discussion of energy policy. The author uses a potent mixture of
arithmetic and common sense to dispel some myths and slay some sacred
cows. In lay language he systematically analyses the whole gamut of
energy sources, sustainable and less so, and assesses their potential.
The book has a superb bibliography and is an essential reference work
for anyone with an interest in energy that goes deeper than the Sunday
newspapers and who really wants to understand the numbers.
Lord Ron Oxburgh KBE FRS|
Former Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell
"Sustainable Energy - without the hot air" is an excellent book. Within it, cogent arguments for
adopting a sustainable approach to providing society with the energy it needs are firmly established
on a solid foundation of data. The data, so often misrepresented or misunderstood, are here
carefully and comprehensively compiled and then woven into clear and honest investigations of the
various sources of energy to help people arrive at sensible decisions about energy use.
As a resource for the data alone, this book is a gem. The data, combined with David MacKay's lucid,
uncomplicated lines of argument make this a necessary and useful book for non-experts and experts
Dr Mike Sheppard
Schlumberger Cambridge Research
By focusing on the metrics of energy consumption and production, in addition to the aspiration
we all share for viable renewable energy, David MacKay's book provides a welcome addition to
the energy literature. "Sustainable Energy - without the hot air" is a vast undertaking that
provides both a practical guide and a reference manual. Perhaps ironically for a book on
sustainable energy, MacKay's account of the numbers illustrates just how challenging replacing
fossil fuel will be, and why both energy conservation and new energy technology are necessary.
Darran Messem |
Vice President Fuel Development
Royal Dutch Shell
I heartily commend David MacKay's excellent book "Sustainable Energy -
without the hot air" which in my view retains 'the passion' whilst
permitting the entry of consideration of 'the facts' - an almost unique
Technical Director Energy and Environment, QinetiQ
David MacKay seeks to 'cut the twaddle' about sustainable energy. His
book does this very impressively. It is easy to read, witty, highly
informative and soundly logical. It will help set the technical
foundation from which wise choices can be made.
Dr Andy Leonard
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