Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand

Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand

Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy

By Benjamin K Sovacool, Marilyn A Brown and Scott V Valentine

 Front cover of Fact and Fiction book by Benjamin Sovacool and Marilyn Brown

Energy sustainability and climate change are two of the greatest challenges facing human kind. The only way to solve global energy issues is to have reasoned, evidence-based debates, yet arguments around energy policy are often hotly contested and dominated by strongly-held beliefs, opinions and vested interests.

This book, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, separates fact from fiction across the most contested issues in global energy policy by examining fifteen core energy questions from a variety of perspectives, demonstrating how, for each of them, no clear cut answer exists. 

By presenting both sides of key arguments, and suggesting areas of common ground, the book aims to improve the quality of debate around some of the most important and challenging decisions facing the global community.

Two of the fifteen questions the book aims to answer are explored here.


Is energy efficiency a worthwhile investment?

Interview with Dr. Marilyn A. Brown from the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, co-author of Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy, and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for her research on mitigating climate change.


Is Shale Gas a Bridge to a Clean Energy Future?

Shale gas brings many benefits, but in order to ensure that we minimise environmental damage, it must be properly governed and it must act as a bridge to helping us adopt renewable technologies.

Read this blog on Weighing up the case for shale gas after the UK government gives green light to fracking.

Aerial view of a shale gas well surrounded by forest.

A shale gas well being drilled in Pennsylvannia in 2012. Photo credit: The Downstream project (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Banner image by Max and Dee Bernt (Flickr, CC-BY-2.0 licence).