This passage is to accompany the print edition of the book and illustrates the difficulty of measuring all of the ways that energy is consumed. This essay was inspired by the essay “I pencil” which outlines the complexity of modern society and modern supply chains. This is an approximate view of the actual energy used in making a book and some liberty has been taken with the details. In fact we started, but couldn’t complete, a full energy audit for the manufacture and delivery of the book, for the reasons you will see below. This is meant to be qualitative, not quantitative.
Anatomy of this book about energy.
The book is about energy, climate change, finite resources, and our future. Unfortunately, this book is implicated in the very climate change and energy challenges we wish to avoid. You chose to read this book, which means you chose to [...]