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University of Toronto Mississauga • Department of Geography • WINTER 2016

GGR 333H5F Energy and Society


 Instructor: Pierre Desrochers


 Lectures: Tuesday, 3-5PM


 Phone: (905) 828-5206

 Office: Davis Building, room 3273


 Lecture room: CC 2130





Suggested Scholarly Sources
Suggested Websites

Suggested Scholarly journals
Suggested Blogs and Personal Websites


Suggested Scholarly Sources


Cleveland, Cutler et al. Encyclopedia of Energy, 6 volumes, Elsevier. (UTM Library TJ163.28 .E53 2004) 
(Abstracts can be accessed on science direct)

The Encyclopedia of the Earth (freely accessible)
- energy
- mining & materials
- minerals & mining

Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Krech III, Shepard, J. R. McNeill and Carolyn Merchant (eds), 2004. Encyclopedia of World Environmental History. New York: Routledge, 3 volumes (UTM library GF4 .E63 2004 v. 1-3)

Krowschwitz, Jacqueline I (ed.) 2004. Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, 5th edition, John Wiley & Sons. This encyclopedia is fully accessible through the UofT libraries Website. While much of the content is technical, the historical development of energy technologies is given much attention.

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, 7th edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2006. It is also fully online and can be accessed through the UofT libraries Website.

Zumerchik, John (ed.) 2001. MacMillan Encyclopedia of Energy, 3 volumes. McMillan.

Books and reports covering a wide array of topics

Andrews, John and Nick Jelley. 2007. Energy Science: Principles, Technologies, and Impacts. Oxford University Press.

Boyle, Godfrey, Bob Everett and Janet Ramage. 2004. Energy Systems and Sustainability. Power for a Sustainable Future. Oxford University Press.

Bradley, Robert L and Richard W. Fulmer. Energy: The Master Resource, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2004 (A concise introduction to all facets of the energy debate. Full content available on the Web).

Committee on America's Energy Future, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council. 2009.
America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation. National Academies Press (Summary Edition).

Cottrell, W. Fred. 2009/1955. Energy & Society (Revised): The Relation Between Energy, Social Change, and Economic Development. AuthorHouse.

Crosby, Alfred W. 2006. Children of the Sun. A History of Humanity's Unappeasable Appetite for Energy. Norton.

Fanchi, John R., Energy in the 21st Century, World Scientific, 2005, 256 pp.

Fanchi, John R., Energy: Technology and Directions for the Future, Academic Press, 2004, 491 pp.

Hinrichs, Roger A. and Merlin Kleinbach. 2006. Energy. Its Use and the Environment, 4th edition. Thomson / Brooks/Cole.

Huber, Peter and Mark Mills. 2005. The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We will never Run Out of Energy. Basic Books. (A techno-optimist manifesto that covers most of the topics discussed in this course)

Inkpen, Andrew and Michael H. Moffett. 2011. The Global Oil and Gas Industry. Management, Strategy and Finance. PennWell Books.
- Note: In my opinion, this is the best energy textbook on hydrocarbons presently on the market (2013). The full content is available online through the UofT library system.
- Here is the link to the online certificate of the school in which these authors are affiliated)

Institute for Energy Research 2012. Hard Facts: An Energy Primer.

Lomborg, Bjørn. 2001. The Skeptical Environmentalist. Measuring the Real State of the Planet. Cambridge University Press. (Survey and synthesis of official statistics on a range of issues, from forest cover to air pollution and resource availability)

MacKay, David J.C. Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air, University of Cambridge.

MacKerron G., and P. Pearson, The International Energy Experience - Markets, Regulation and the Environment, World Scientific Publishing Co., April 2000, 388 pp.

Mager Stellman, Jeanne (editor in chief). 2011. Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and Safety, International Labor Organization (ILO).
- Kraus, Richard S. 2011. "Storage and Transportation of Crude Oil, Natural Gases, Liquid Petroleum Products and Other Chemicals
- Kraus, Richard. 2011. "75 Exploration, Drilling and Production of Oil and Natural Gas
- Crane, Michael. 2011. "76 Power Generation and Distribution
- Kraus, Richard S. 2011. "78. Oil and Natural Gas"

McFarland, Ernie L., James L. Hunt and John L. Campbell. 2007. Energy, Physics and the Environment, 3rd edition. Thomson.

Shepherd, W., & D.W. Shepherd, Energy Studies - Second Edition, World Scientific Publishing Co., February 2004, 516 pp.

Smil, Vaclav, Energy in Nature and Society - General Energetics of Complex Systems, MIT Press, January 2008, 512 pp.

Smil, Vaclav, Energy - A Beginner's Guide, Oneworld Publications, 2006, 192 pp.

Smil, Vaclav. 2003. Energy at the Crossroads. MIT Press.
(This book pulls together the mature reflections of a Czech-born Canadian who has devoted nearly four decades to studying energy).

Smil, Vaclav. 1994. Energy in World History. Westview.
(A comprehensive look at the role of energy in world history, ranging from human muscle-power to preindustrial hydraulic techniques and modern fossil-fueled civilization)

Thornley, Drew. 2009. Energy and the Environment: Myths and Fact (Second Edition).

Vaitheeswaran, Vijay V. 2003. Power to the People: How the Coming Energy Revolution will Transform an Industry, Change our lives, and maybe even save the Planet. Earthscan.
(A lively, balanced, and constructive review of energy issues by the Environment and Energy correspondent of The Economist)

"Recent Developments in Energy." Economic Report of the President (Chapter 11), February 13, 2006, p. 231-257.

"Sustainable Energy: a long-term strategy for the UK." EEF (UK Manufacturers' Organisation) Report publication.

Suggested Websites - DIRECT LINKS

General interest
- Glossaries and Energy Conversion Tables
- World/Countries statistics, briefs, topical analysis
- Topical Analysis on Energy and Resource Issues
  > Websites with multiple links to energy websites
  > Videos and Multimedias
  > News and Analysis
  > Academic Centers, NGOs, Think Tanks and Others

- General Interest
- Think tanks and research centers (national interest)
- Data and news organizations
- Topical Websites
- Canadian Provinces (Governments, Industries and NGOs)
United States, Government, Traditional Industry and Alternative Energy Websites
- Overviews
- Topical

Global Industry and Alternative Energy Websites

Think tanks and individuals with a strong point of view

General interest
Glossaries and Energy Conversion Tables

- Glossaries
US EIA (Energy Information Agency). Glossary 

Platts. Energy Glossary Terms   

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Glossary 

Natural Resources Canada - Office of Energy Efficiency (Glossary) 

- Energy Conversion Tables
National Energy Board (Canada) - Energy Conversion Tables 

Online Conversion (Energy) 

US EIA (Energy Information Agency) - Energy Calculator

World/Countries statistics, briefs, topical analysis

Canada Center for Energy - Energy Facts and Statistics

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) - Statistics

National Energy Board - Statistics

CBC News - In depth: Energy

The Kent Group - Petroleum Price Data (Canada)


US Energy Information Administration
- EIA-International statistics

International Energy Agency
especially their Information Center

BP Statistical Review of World Energy

CIA - The World Factbook - Guide to Country Comparisons
- Electricity - production
- Electricity - consumption
- Oil - production
- Oil - consumption
- Oil - exports
- Oil - imports
- Oil - proved reserves
- Natural gas - production
- Natural gas - consumption
- Natural gas - exports
- Natural gas - imports
- Natural gas - proved reserves

European Commission - Energy - Statistics

International Hydropower Association
- Maps
- Country profiles

The OECD on Energy and on Energy Statistics

The World Energy Council especially their Global Energy Information Service and publications
(see especially their latest Survey of Energy Resources)

The Rand Corporation's Energy and Environment Research Area

U.S. Geological Survey global reserves surveys

UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
- UNCTAD Statistics
- Statistical Databases online

United Nations Development Programme - Environment and Energy

United Nationas Environment Programme - Energy

World Resources Institute - United Nations, World Bank information
especially Earth Trends, the Environmental Information Portal on Energy and Resources

Gopi Rethinaraj, T. S., and Clifford E Singer, Historical Energy Statistics - Global, Regional and National Trends Since Industrialisation, World Scientific Publishing Co., Winter 2007, 440 pp.

Australian Commodity Research Institute - Energy - 'Energy Production & Changing Energy Sources'

• Topical Analysis on Energy and Resource Issues

Websites with multiple links to energy websites
- Oil and Gas Websites
International Labor Organization - Resource guide on the oil and gas production sector

Lynne Kiesling and Michael Giberson have compiled numerous energy links of interest on their blog "Knowledge Problem."

Solomon Associates
- Solomon Insights

World Oil

- Economic Geology and Minerals
Paige Underwood's Geology Exploration and Mining - 101 Exceptional Online Resources

Society of Petroleum Engineers et al. 2011. Guidelines for Application of the Petroleum Resources Management System

Videos and Multimedias
- News Organizations

PBS - e2 energy

CBC News - Energy

BBC - Energy in the UK




News and Analysis
Bloomberg Energy News | Bloomberg Energy Prices

The Economist
- Energy Technology
- Oil Production and Refining

Electricity News

Energy Central

Energy in Depth

Energy Management Institute

Energy Online

Energy Pub

Energy Tribune

European Energy Review

Forbes - Energy Source

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

MIT Technology Review on Energy

Oil & Gas Journal


Platts Energy News

Power Engineering and PEI Magazines

The Wall Street Journal Energy Report on energy

World Energy Source

Academic Centers, NGOs, Think Tanks and Others
- Academic Centers

Belfer Center (Harvard) on Energy

Institute of Political Economy (Utah State University)

The Energy Analysis Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University
One of the most innovative research program on the grey area at the intersection of technological change, economic growth and the environment.

Texas Tech University - Energy Commerce Program

Energy Strategies (Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and Computer Services)

MIT Energy Initiative

Australian Commodity Research Institute - Energy
King's College London - European Centre for Energy and Resource Security

- NGOs

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on Natural Resources and the Environment

UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
- on Energy
- Digital Library

UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Global Environmental Outlook

"Energy" on the Earth Institute's Website

Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Meridian Institute on
- Environment and Natural Resources
- Climate Change and Energy

- Think Tanks

Center for Strategic and International Studies on Energy and Climate Change

The Council on Foreign Relations on Energy/Environment

UK Energy Research Centre

UK Research Council's Energy Programme

The Rand Corporations' Environment, Energy and Development Program

The Brookings Institution on Environment and Energy

Reason Foundation on Energy

Resources for the Future
One of the most respected and quoted think tanks on energy and resources issues. Large array of policy analysis on resource and environmental issues.

- Others

“Energy” on Geometry.Net (The On-Line Learning Center)
Links to several Websites, from books and class syllabus to governmental agencies.

NASA’s Global Change Master Directory, especially their Human Dimensions section

The Secret Lives of Energy

GreenFacts on Energy


General Interest
Canada Center for Energy

Government of Canada on energy, resources and the environment

Natural Resources Canada
> Canada's Energy Outlook: The Reference Case 2006
> Report of the National Advisory Panel on Sustainable Energy Science and Technology.
> On Energy
Electricity Resources Branch
> Office of Energy Efficiency especially Statistics and Analysis

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program (Natural Resources Canada)

Environment Canada
> Energy production
> Oil sands
> Sustainable development (including Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators)

National Energy Board of Canada

Canadian Senate - Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporations: Let's Talk Energy 

Think tanks and research centers (national interest)
Canadian Energy Research Institute

C.D. Howe Institute

Canadian Centre for Energy Information
- "Canadian Energy" section
- Partners (link to various Canadian energy-related groups)

Conference Board of Canada on energy, environment and transportation policy

Energy Probe

Fraser Institute on Energy

MacDonald-Laurier Institute on Energy

The Pembina Institute "Energy Watch" division

University of Calgary
- The School of Public Policy (Energy and Environment)
- Energy Education

Montreal Economic Institute
- Energy Policies
- Scully the World Show: Scully Energy Series 

Data and news organizations
- Data

Your Environment - The Complete Canadian Environmental Record (Ross McKitrick, Guelph University).

- News Organizations
Alberta Oil Magazine

CBC News Indepth: Energy

Energy Sector in Canada on


Globe and Mail - Report on Business: Energy & Resources

The Tyee - Energy File

Topical Websites
- Carbon Fuels

Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC)

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Canadian Federal & Provincial Governments Oil & Gas Web Sites

Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists


Petroleum Services Association of Canada
- Oil and Gas Info
- How does the Oil and Gas Industry Work?

Small Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (SEPAC)

Ontario Petroleum Institute (suggested links)

- Petroleum
Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
on Canada's Oil Sands

Canadian Fuels Association

Canadian Petroleum Producers Institute

- Gas
Canadian Gas Association

Canadian Society for Unconventional Gas (CSUG)

- Coal
Clean Coal Technology Roadmap (Natural Resources Canada)

Coal Association of Canada

- Bitumen
Oil Sands Fact Check

- Electricity
Canadian Electricity Association

- Hydro
Canadian Hydropower Association

- Nuclear
Atomic Energy of Canada

Canadian Nuclear Power Association

Canadian Nuclear FAQ

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

- Alternatives
Canadian Clean Power Coalition

Canadian Renewable Fuels Association

Canadian Wind Energy Association

Solar Energy Society of Canada

Canadian Provinces (Governments, Industries and NGOs)
- Ontario
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Ontario Energy Association

Ontario Energy Board

Ontario Energy Network

Ontario Ministry of Energy

Ontario Power Authority

Ontario Petroleum Institute 

- Alberta
Alberta Department of Energy

Alberta Energy and Utilities Board

Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Board

Alberta Energy Research Institute

Alberta's Oil Sands

Alberta's Oil Sands Discovery Centre

- British Columbia
British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines

BC Hydro

BC Oil and Gas Commission

- Manitoba
Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Petroleum Division

Manitoba Science, Technology, Energy and Mines

- New Brunswick
New Brunswick Ministry of Energy

- Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador Ministry of Mines and Energy

Newfoundland and Labrador Natural Resources

Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board

- Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Energy

Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board

- Quebec

Quιbec Ministry of Energy

- Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Energy and Resources

Saskatchewan Industry and Resources

• United States, Government, Traditional Industry and Alternative Energy Websites

US Department of Energy

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

Energy in Depth

US Chamber of Commerce - Institute for 21st C Energy

American Petroleum Institute
- Energy Tomorrow

American Nuclear Society

American Bioenergy Association

American Solar Energy Society

American Wind Energy Association (US asphalt industry)

Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology

Energy from Shale

Natural Gas Supply Association

Solar Electric Power Association

American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers 

American Coal Foundation
- Useful websites 

• Global Industry and Alternative Energy Websites

International Hydropower Association

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

World Coal Institute

World Nuclear Association

World Wind Energy Institute

• Think tanks and individuals with a strong point of view

American Enterprise Institute on Energy and Environment - Optimists

Bjørn Lomborg's (The Skeptical Environmentalist) Website - Optimist

Cato Institute
- On Energy and Environment
- Energy | Natural Resources

Center for Energy Policy and the Environment (Manhattan Institute) - Optimists

Center for Industrial Progress - Optimist

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels - Data 

Chris Knittel - Pessimist

Competitive Enterprise Institute - Optimists

The David Suzuki Foundation - Pessimists

"Department of Energy"  in Downsizing the Federal Government

Fraser Institute - Optimists
-Environment and Risk

"The Future of Energy." Spiked-Science Debates

The Heritage Foundation on Energy and Environment Issues - Optimists

The Independent Institute on Energy - Optimists

Institute for Energy Research - Optimists

John P. Holdren - Pessimist

John McCarthy's "Progress and its Sustainability" Site - Optimist

Peter Glover - Optimist

Peter Z. Grossman - Optimist/realist

Power to the People

Remembering Julian Simon. Freedom Network and the Heartland Institute - The (late) Optimist in Chief

UK Energy Research Centre - Pessimists

Union of Concerned Scientists' Clean Energy Program - Pessimists

Worldwatch Institute - Pessimists

Suggested Scholarly journals

Several academic journals devoted to the topics of energy and resources are accessible through the University of Toronto Librairies website. Most of them, however, are too specialized or too advanced for this course, although technical journals sometimes publish more accessible policy articles. The following publications, however, should prove particularly useful to you:

Annual Review of Environment and Resources (formerly Annual Review of Energy and the Environment
The best resource for this course. In-depth non technical surveys of several energy related issues.

Annual Review of Resource Economics

International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics. Another publication that specializes in detailed review articles.

Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy 

Resources for the Future's quarterly magazine. Although not strictly speaking an academic journal, it contains short and accessible feature stories by RFF authors on a variety of environmental, energy, and natural resource issues.

Essays and book reviews on the topics of “Energy, Resources and the Environment” published in the periodical Foreign Affairs that, like Resources, is aimed at a broad readership.

Issues in Science and Technology
- on energy (topical)

• Other energy periodicals

Energy and Environment

Energy Journal

Energy Policy

Several academic journals on energy and environmental issue are published by Inderscience Publishers

International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy

International Journal of Global Energy Issues

Natural Resources Forum

Natural Resources Journal

Resources Policy

Society and Natural Resources

You can access these periodicals through the UTL Website.

Suggested Blogs and Personal Websites

Note: Blogs are not acceptable as primary or secondary references. These links are provided simply because I find their authors knowledgeable and interesting, and also because they provide several links to valuable primary sources:

Alternative Energy Blog
The Barrel (Platts)
Committee for a Constructive Tommorrow (CFACT) on Energy
The Energy Collective
Energy Depot (CFACT) - Optimists
Energy Outlook
Energy Policy, Then and Now (Peter Z. Grossman)
Environmental Capital -
Environmental Economics
The Ergosphere
Facts on Energy - a Project of the Institute for Energy Research
Globe and Mail - Inside Energy Blog
Knowledge Problem
MasterResource - A free-market energy blog
Parker Gallant (Energy Probe)
Peak Oil Optimist
R-Squared Energy Blog
Rescuing the Frog (Andrew Leach)
The New York Times (On the Dot) Energy Challenge Series
Tom Adams Energy
New Energy Currents on

Personal Websites
Indur Goklany of the US Department of the Interior
Jesse Ausubel of Rockefeller University
Tyler Priest
Vaclav Smil of the University of Manitoba


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