For many years, I have kept the bookshelf closest to the door in my office reserved for popular press books on energy and the environment, and I often lend these books out to my students. Happily, I even get most of them back. I decided to bring that bookshelf here virtually, after seeing a similar page on Melissa Lott’s Global Energy Matters blog. So, here is my current top 10 list of books for energy and environment enthusiasts, with a strong Canadian bias. By no means does inclusion on this list imply that I agree with all (or anything) the author has to say…it simply implies that it’s a book you should consider reading.
1. A Thousand Barrels A Second by Dr. Peter Terzakian
2. Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil by Peter Maass
3. Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent by Andrew Nikiforuk
4. When Smoke Ran Like Water by Dr. Devra Davis
5. Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail – and Why We Believe Them Anyway, by Dan Gardner
6. The End of Energy Obesity, by Dr. Peter Tertzakian
7. Green Oil, by Satya Das
8. World’s Greenest Oil, by Dr. Peter Silverstone
10. Keeping our Cool: Canada in a Warming World, by Dr. Andrew Weaver
Please comment on the books you have read, on those you refuse to read, or on books that I should read and perhaps include on this list.