Table of contents for The solar economy : renewable energy for a sustainable global future / Hermann Scheer.


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Scenario   From fossil fuels to solar power:
transforming the global economy            I
The power of the pyromaniacs               5
Fossil resource dependency: how economic
processes have come adrift from their
environmental and social bases          10
Global competition in place of global
environmental policy                    12
The origins of the fossil-fuel economy    I4
Accelerating change and global displacement  15
Business unbound: cutting loose from nature
and society                             19
Reconnecting business and society through
solar resources                         21
From the political to the economic solar
manifesto                               25

PART I : CAPTIVITY OR LIBERATION: FOSSIL FUEL AND
SOLAR SUPPLY CHAINS COMPARED

Chapter I Ensnared by fossil supply chains          37
Long supply chains due to limited resources:
the logic of globalization              37
Fossil resource supply chains and industrial
concentration: market destruction through
market mechanisms                       44



The spider in the web: the growing influence
of Big Energy and Big Mining             49
The convergence of power: networking,
supercartels and the disempowerment of
democratic institutions                  56

Chapter 2  Exploiting solar resources: the new political
and economic freedom                       62
The solar supply chain                     66
The economic logic of the solar energy
supply chain                             76
Solar power: technology without technocracy  82

PART II : THE PATHOLOGICAL POLITICS OF FOSSIL RESOURCES

Chapter 3 The 2Ist century writing on the wall: the
political cost of fuel and resource conflict  93
A world in denial: the disregard for limited
reserves                                 94
Dwindling reserves versus worldwide growth
in demand                               I03
Arming for the resource conflict         105
Resource reserves, gunboat diplomacy and
the moral bankruptcy of society         115
Chapter 4  The distorting effects of fossil supply
chains                                   120
The rise and fall of the fossil city     121
The fossil resource trap closes on the
developing world                        128
Chapter 5 The mythology of fossil energy            137
Figures of fancy: the inadequacy of
conventional energy statistics          139
The inadequacy of energy forecasts       143
The profligate subsidies for conventional
energy systems                          149



The feigned productivity of nuclear and
fossil energy                             153
Ideology and the physics of energy         159
The fear of the small scale                166

PART III : THROWING OFF THE FOSSIL SUPPLY CHAINS

Chapter 6   Energy beyond the grid                    173
Wireless power: the potential of solar
stand-alone and stand-by technologies     174
The potential for natural and technological
solar energy storage                      182
Synergistic applications, cross-substitution
and all-load micro-power plants           195
The solar technology revolution and the
solar information society                201
Chapter 7  The untapped wealtl of solar resources     206
The higher productivity of biological
materials                                209
Replacing fossil with solar resources     218
Solar materials: from agricultural
monocultures to polycultures             220
The real biotechnology: materials science,
not genetic engineering                  225
Chapter 8 The profitability of renewable energy and
resources                                  231
Whose costs? Why solar and fossil resources
cannot be compared on the basis of
economic efficiency calculations         233
Cost avoidance: economical application of
solar resources in a nutshell            237



PART IV : TOWARDS A SOLAR ECONOMY

Chapter 9  Exploiting solar energy                  251
The role of capital allowances - and their
problems                                253
Tax-exempt status for solar resources:
overcoming the legitimacy crisis of
environmental taxation                  256
Possibilities and problems in the market for
green electricity                       259
Green suppliers and municipal
self-sufficiency                        269
Creative destruction in the energy industry
and the transformation of the resource
industry                                276
Hard roads to soft resources             280
Chapter 10 Regionalization of the global economy
through solar resources                  285
Regionalization effects through solar
resources                               288
'Own implementation' versus 'joint
implementation': opportunities for the
developing world                        292
Regionalizing trade flows                296
The sustainable economy: global technology
markets, regional commodity markets     301
Trade not talk: beyond the energy industry  308
Chapter 11 The visible hand of the sun: blueprint for a
solar world                              312
Forwards: towards the primary economy    3 16
Work and the solar economy               320
From the bounty of the sun to global
economic prosperity                     323