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The New Geographies of Energy
Assessment and Analysis of Critical Landscapes

Edited By

Karl S. Zimmerer

ISBN 9780415623872
Published November 27, 2012 by Routledge
296 Pages 18 Color & 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The New Geographies of Energy: Assessment and Analysis of Critical Landscapes is a pioneering collection of new geographic scholarship. It examines such vitally important research topics as energy dilemmas of the United States, large trends and patterns of energy consumption including China’s role, "peak oil", energy poverty, and ethanol and other renewable energy sourcing.

The book offers advances in key emerging areas of energy research, each distinguished in the following sections: (i) geographic approaches to energy modeling and assessment; (ii) fossil fuel landscapes; (iii) the landscapes of renewable energy; (iv) landscapes of energy consumption; and (v) an overview of the new geographies of energy (Karl Zimmerer, Annals Nature-Society and Energy issue editor) and an essay on America’s oil dependency (Vaclav Smil, renowned energy geographer). In addition there is a specially commissioned book review.

This book was published as a special issue of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Table of Contents

1. New Geographies of Energy: Introduction  Invited Essay  2. America’s Oil Imports: A Self-Inflicted Burden  Energy Modeling and Assessment  3. Modeling and Assessment of Wind and Insolation Resources with a Focus on Their Complementary Nature: A Case Study of Oklahoma  4. “Papering” Over Space and Place: Product Carbon Footprint Modeling in the Global Paper Industry  5. Phenology-Based Assessment of Perennial Energy Crops in North American Tallgrass Prairie  6. A Geographic Approach to Sectoral Carbon Inventory: Examining the Balance Between Consumption-Based Emissions and Land-Use Carbon Sequestration in Florida  7. Toward an Integrated GIScience and Energy Research Agenda  8. The Role of Climate Change Litigation in Establishing the Scale of Energy Regulation  Fossil Fuel Landscapes  9. Energy and Identity: Imagining Russia as a Hydrocarbon Superpower  10. The Changing Structure of Energy Supply, Demand, and CO2 Emissions in China  11. Mountaintop Removal and Job Creation: Exploring the Relationship Using Spatial Regression  12. Enforcing Scarcity: Oil, Violence, and the Making of the Market  Landscapes of Renewable Energy  13.  Constructing Sustainable Biofuels: Governance of the Emerging Biofuel Economy  14. Social Perspectives on Wind-Power Development in West Texas  15. Farmer Attitudes Toward Production of Perennial Energy Grasses in East Central Illinois: Implications for Community-Based Decision Making  16. Renewable Energy and Human Rights Violations: Illustrative Cases from Indigenous Territories in Panama  17. Downstream Effects of a Hybrid Forum: The Case of the Site C Hydroelectric Dam in British Columbia, Canada  18. A Study of the Emerging Renewable Energy Sector Within Iowa  19.  A Regional Evaluation of Potential Bioenergy Production Pathways in Eastern Ontario, Canada  20.  Opposing Wind Energy Landscapes: A Search for Common Cause  21. Burning for Sustainability: Biomass Energy, International Migration, and the Move to Cleaner Fuels and Cookstoves in Guatemala  22. The Impact of Brazilian Biofuel Production on Amazonia  Landscapes of Energy Consumption  23. Shifting Networks of Power in Nicaragua: Relational Materialisms in the Consumption of Privatized Electricity  24. “Because You Got to Have Heat”: The Networked Assemblage of Energy Poverty in Eastern North Carolina  25. Powering “Progress”: Regulation and the Development of Michigan’s Electricity Landscape  Book Review Essay  26. The Geography of Energy and the Wealth of the World

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Karl Zimmerer is professor and head of the department of geography at Pennsylvania State University and a member of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. Currently Dr. Zimmerer’s research is focused on three areas: landscape-based social-ecological models of energy, water resources, and food production (Land Use Policy, 2012; Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions, 2011; Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 2010, 2011; Roots of Conflict, 2010; Knowing Nature, Transforming Ecologies, 2010); agrobiodiversity and global change (Biodiversity in Agriculture, 2012; Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 2010; Professional Geographer, 2010); and the conservation-agriculture interface (Latin American Research Review, 2011; Mapping Latin America, 2011).