Walt Patterson On Energy

Recent work

My work in recent years has centred on my long-running project for Chatham House and the Sussex Energy Group, that I call 'Managing Energy: Rethinking The Fundamentals'. You can find the latest distillation of this thinking in my new book, Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future, now published and available to order online. One reason I wanted to self-publish, apart from speed, was to set a cover price low enough that anyone interested could afford the book. The paperback is just £5.00 in the UK or $7.50 in the US, plus shipping; the ebook is just £3.00 in the UK or $4.40 in the US. For further details see here.

I'm now doing my best to promote the new book. On 14-15 May 2015, at the International Energy Research Centre conference and workshop in Cork, Ireland, I spoke on themes from the book - 'Rethink Energy - Rethink Efficiency' and 'Better Activity Systems'. On 20 May I published an introduction to Electricity Vs Fire on the online news site European Energy Review, and on 26 May a note on China Dialogue. On 22 June I gave a seminar about Electricity Vs Fire at Chatham House. On 25 June, at the Energy Risk Summit conference in London, I gave the closing guest address entitled 'Fire Risk 2015'. On 6 July the Green Alliance published my blog post, calling it 'We Need To Save Ourselves From Fire'. On 11 November, at the Seoul International Energy Conference in South Korea, as chair of Mayor Park's Seoul International Energy Advisory Council, I gave a keynote address entitled 'Rethinking Energy: Implementing The Global Future Locally Today'. On 12 November at Korea University I gave a lecture on 'Electricity Vs Fire'.

If you enjoy Electricity Vs Fire do please spread the word about it, perhaps review it on Amazon, and let your friends know about it - particularly friends who find 'energy' and 'climate' boring. ('Energy' appears only halfway through the book, briefly, 'climate' not at all.) Indeed I'd also be pleased to hear from you, especially if you'd like to review the book for publication. This work is continuing, and I greatly appreciate your interest.

I've also made exceptions to my usual rule of avoiding the latest nuclear nonsense. At a London conference 15 July called 'Sowing The Whirlwind': Nuclear Politics and the Historical Record I gave a presentation asking Whose History?: The Nuclear Kaleidoscope. On 4 December at University College London I gave a seminar on 'The Politics of Electricity and Nuclear'.

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