Synopses & Reviews
A global tour of energy--the catalyst of human civilization and one of the biggest challenges facing mankind today
For centuries, humans have relied on energy to power our civilization and improve our lives, but with our limited physical resources, accumulating environmental impacts, and increasing technological needs, it's more important than ever to consider new approaches to our energy needs. In Power Trip, Michael E. Webber, energy expert and host of an upcoming documentary, explores energy's vital role in the history--and future--of our civilization. While energy has stimulated innovation and entrepreneurship, it has also changed the climate, exacerbated geopolitical insecurity, and created a modern society dependent on largesse and unequipped to handle scarcity. However, with ongoing innovation, longterm thinking, and global cooperation, Webber argues that we can better manage our current energy problems and set ourselves up for a brighter future.
A global tour of energy--the builder of human civilization and also its greatest threat.
Energy is humanity's single most important resource. In fact, as energy expert Michael E. Webber argues in Power Trip, the story of how societies rise can be told largely as the story of how they manage energy sources through time. In 2019, as we face down growing demand for and accumulating environmental impacts from energy, we are at a crossroads and the stakes are high. But history shows us that energy's great value is that it allows societies to reinvent themselves.
Power Trip explores how energy has transformed societies of the past and offers wisdom for today's looming energy crisis. There no magic bullet; energy advances always come with costs. Scientific innovation needs public support. Energy initiatives need to be tailored to individual societies. We must look for long-term solutions. Our current energy crisis is real, but it is solvable. We have the power.