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Book Offers A Viable Alternative To Fossil Fuel

Methanol (methyl alcohol), often referred to as "wood alcohol" is a clean-burning liquid alternative transportation fuel.
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 16, 2006
The increasing world population and the declining availability of cheap oil threaten to plunge the world into a global energy crisis. The United States alone represents nearly 60 percent of global oil demands and a particularly cold winter in North America can strongly affect global prices.

Concerns over our reliance on oil and gas and the impact of fossil fuels on the environment have escalated significantly in recent years. Stating that "America is addicted to oil," President George Bush announced a new initiative in his February 2, 2006 State of the Union address that would increase funding for clean energy research by 22 percent with the goal of replacing more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025.

Various alternative energies, including nuclear, geothermal, and hydrogen energies, have been explored but none offer both a safe and efficient option that rivals fossil fuel. Introducing a technology that could significantly alleviate our energy problems, "Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy" is a revolutionary new book that illustrates how methanol can be used as a viable alternative to diminishing fossil fuel resources.

Written by George Olah, the renowned Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Alain Goeppert, and G. K. Surya Prakash, "Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy" explores current energy sources (atomic force, oil, natural gas, and hydrogen), alternate energies, the interrelation of fuels and energy, and the extent of non-renewable fossil fuel resources.

The authors outline the need for hydrocarbons and their products despite depleting reserves and global warming, and examine the envisioned hydrogen economy and its significant shortcomings. This timely book demonstrates how atmospheric carbon dioxide and carbon dioxide from industrial exhausts can be converted into safe liquid methanol for use as fuel and as a raw material for hydrocarbons.

"Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy" is an insightful and inspiring guide to meeting the world's future energy needs while preserving the environment.

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