The Geography of Energy
In a book just published by Belin, Bernadette Mérenne, a lecturer in Geography, approaches the different aspects (technical, political, economic and environmental) of the study of energy by privileging spatial analysis.
Energy became a problem – at least in the mind of the general public in the West – in 1973, when the first ‘petrol crisis’ struck. Since that time the media have discussed on a daily basis the sources of energy, its consumption and the consequences of its use on the environment. This last problematic has taken on particular weight since the first warnings concerning global warming. In this chorus of opinion, the voices of engineers, economists, politicians have dominated, whilst those of geographers have been more muted. Nonetheless, as Professor Mérenne-Schoumaker points out, their discipline has a very strong interest in energy issues.