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This is the story of Britain’s oil-soaked past, present and future. Speaking to oil company executives and traders, as well as refinery workers, filmmakers and musicians, activists and politicians, the authors put real people at the heart of a compelling story of how financial power and political muscle built an empire, extracting the wealth of the world from Iran to Nigeria and Alaska.

Today, the tide seems to be going out – Britain’s refineries have been quietly closed, the North Sea oilfields are declining and wind farms are being built in their place. As the country painfully shifts into its new post-industrial role in the shadow of Covid, Brexit and the climate crisis, many believe the age of oil to be over. But is it?

Addressing the sustainable energy crisis in an objective manner, this enlightening book analyses the relevant numbers and organizes a plan for change on both a personal level and an international scale – for Europe, the United States, and the world. In case study format, this informative reference answers questions surrounding nuclear energy, the potential of sustainable fossil fuels, and the possibilities of sharing renewable power with foreign countries. While underlining the difficulty of minimizing consumption, the tone remains positive as it debunks misinformation and clearly explains the calculations of expenditure per person to encourage people to make individual changes that will benefit the world at large. If you’ve thrown your hands up in despair thinking no solution is possible, then read this book – it’s an honest, realistic, and humorous discussion of all our energy options.

“No doubt it’s been superseded now, but at the time I read it, it was revelation that energy system change is actually possible” ~ Rishi Dastidar selected Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air – which is available to read and download for free – for his guest contribution to May 2023’s What We’re Reading Now.

Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air is also cited as inspiration by climate and food system scientist Sarah Bridle in her Q&A on How to Fix Our Food System for Writers Rebel in November 2022.