Why Electricity Will Remain the Essential Ingredient for Human Flourishing

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In a new book, Robert Bryce shows how necessary electricity is to modernity and how the growing demand for it can be met.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S ome of the things we take most for granted, such as the air and the climate, rest on complex foundations that we often fail to appreciate. The same is true of electricity. In his new book, A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations, energy journalist and scholar Robert Bryce makes a compelling case for the absolute “essentiality” of electricity to modern life and describes the many moving parts of the power sector that produces that electricity. Among the book’s many strengths is the scope it provides for understanding the world’s most capital-intensive economic sector, from the governments …

Iddo Wernick is a senior research associate at the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University.

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