The Next Energy Source?
The Hydrogen Economy: The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth
By Jeremy Rifkin | Tarcher/Putnam. $24.95
One way or another oil is on its way out. Either we will start to run out in the next couple of decades -- and Jeremy Rifkin begins his book with a compelling case that it will be sooner rather than later -- or the prospect of global warming will force us to find other fuels. As this comprehensive volume makes clear, the post-carbon world really has only one option to rely on: hydrogen fuel cells. These generators are more than twice as efficient as combustion engines and produce only water and heat as by-products. And unlike other forms of clean energy, they can be made to power anything from a Chrysler to the Chrysler Building.