Handbook of Energy Politics
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Handbook of Energy Politics

Edited by Jennifer I. Considine

Starting with the fundamentals of the global energy industry, Handbook of Energy Politics goes on to cover the evolution of capital and financial markets in the energy industry, the effects of technology, environmental issues and global warming and geopolitics. The book concludes by considering the future, including the lessons learned from history, where we are most likely to be heading and what steps we can take to mitigate potential energy risks. This Handbook will be an invaluable resource for upper level graduates and postgraduate scholars.
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Chapter 12: New energy and the geopolitics of the future

Michael Lynch


The energy revolution is transforming many nations’ dependence on fuels and imports, but not necessarily in ways that would increase energy security. Wind and solar produce electricity, which relatively few nations import, although they do sometimes displace coal and nuclear power. The latter two, however, have not typically been considered vulnerable. And the increased use of natural gas to offset unreliable renewables means that some countries will actually become more dependent on foreign supplies. However, only a few countries in Europe are heavily dependent on one or two suppliers. And the shale revolution could eventually mean that many smaller countries can reduce oil and gas imports, enhancing their energy security. At present, the boom in U.S. shale gas production has increased supply on the international market and allowed at least some diversification for importers.

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