The Centrality Of Energy Use: "Power Trip"
The story of civilization is the story of energy, says Michael Webber. In fact, all the major technological advances of the last several hundred years have followed advances in the harnessing of energy.
But as always, the devil's in the details. If we manage energy wisely, we thrive. If not, we die.
Webber tells the story in Power Trip: The Story of Energy. He tells a shortened version of the story here.