A Century of Oil, a Future of Options

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Science  12 Dec 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5652, pp. 1896-1897
DOI: 10.1126/science.1092896

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Energy at the Crossroads Global Perspectives and Uncertainties. By Vaclav Smil. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2003. 443 pp. $34.95, £22.95. ISBN 0-262-19492-9.

Considering what is possible and what is desirable in our energy future, Smil argues that human dependence on fossil fuels must be reduced not because of impending resource shortages but because of the environmental, economic, and political problems caused by our current consumption.