3. Surveying the Field

  1. Daniel D. Perlmutter1 and
  2. Robert L. Rothstein2

Published Online: 1 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328523.ch3

The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?

The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?

How to Cite

Perlmutter, D. D. and Rothstein, R. L. (2010) Surveying the Field, in The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328523.ch3

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 2

    Colgate University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654989

Online ISBN: 9781444328523



  • surveying the field;
  • complex issues and opportunities - of urgency, in the 21st century;
  • local smog or planet, global changes - in the end, issues on how to use energy;
  • energy, measuring ability to do work - creating changes in our physical world;
  • initial technological steps - larger process of setting priorities;
  • ecological damage, from uncontrolled strip mining - ignored earlier, as a local effect;
  • crude production profiles - three super-giant oilfields;
  • measuring energy and US Department of Energy (DOE);
  • US, energy consumption – divided equally, transportation, industry and domestic heating;
  • energy forms - transformation in form, all transformations not being equally efficient


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • A History of Change

  • Measuring Energy

  • Supply: Where Do We Get It?

  • Demand: How Do We Use It?

  • Will We Run Out of Oil? Or Gas?

  • Forms of Energy

  • Notes and References