Book 2012

Energy and the Wealth of Nations

Understanding the Biophysical Economy


ISBN: 978-1-4419-9397-7 (Print) 978-1-4419-9398-4 (Online)

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv

  2. Energy and the Origins of Wealth

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-2

    2. Chapter

      Pages 3-39

      Poverty, Wealth, and Human Aspirations

    3. Chapter

      Pages 41-69

      Energy and Wealth Production: An Historical Perspective

    4. Chapter

      Pages 71-91

      The Petroleum Revolution

  3. Energy, Economics, and the Structure of Society

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 93-93

    2. Chapter

      Pages 95-130

      Explaining Economics from an Energy Perspective

    3. Chapter

      Pages 131-143

      The Limits of Conventional Economics

    4. Chapter

      Pages 145-160

      The Petroleum Revolution II: Concentrated Power and Concentrated Industries

    5. Chapter

      Pages 161-190

      The Postwar Economic Order, Growth, and the Hydrocarbon Economy

    6. Chapter

      Pages 191-206

      Globalization, Neoliberalism and Energy

    7. Chapter

      Pages 207-220

      Are There Limits to Growth? Examining the Evidence

  4. Energy and Economics: The Basics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 221-221

    2. Chapter

      Pages 223-249

      What Is Energy and How Is It Related to Wealth Production?

    3. Chapter

      Pages 251-283

      The Basic Science Needed to Understand the Relation of Energy to Economics

    4. Chapter

      Pages 285-300

      The Required Quantitative Skills

    5. Chapter

      Pages 301-306

      Economics as Science: Physical or Biophysical?

  5. The Science Behind How Real Economies Work

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 307-307

    2. Chapter

      Pages 309-320

      Energy Return on Investment

    3. Chapter

      Pages 321-338

      Peak Oil, EROI, Investments, and Our Financial Future1

    4. Chapter

      Pages 339-349

      The Role of Models for Good and Evil

    5. Chapter

      Pages 351-365

      How to Do Biophysical Economics

  6. Understanding How Real-World Economies Work

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 367-367

    2. Chapter

      Pages 369-384

      Peak Oil, Market Crash, and the Quest for Sustainability: Economic Consequences of Declining EROI

    3. Chapter

      Pages 385-392

      Environmental Considerations

    4. Chapter

      Pages 393-402

      Living the Good Life in a Lower EROI Future

  7. Back Matter

    Pages 403-407