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A recent book, “The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition,” by Dr. Alexander Mirtchev describes how an alternative energy “megatrend” — a confluence of interconnected trends transforming the global zeitgeist — is revolutionizing international relations. With climate concerns, economic motives and energy security imperatives fashioning the megatrend, professor Mirtchev details a “green gold rush” as nations race to control renewable resources.
Alexander Mirtchev’s The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition discusses the ways the renewable era might reshape the dealings of nations, creating as many opportunities for profit and cooperation as competition. Mirtchev, Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Council and a Distinguished Professor at the George Mason University, cuts through the emotions.
Alexander Mirtchev writes perceptively of The Alternative Energy Megatrend: “The ongoing technological revolution bolsters expectations of turning alternative energy from a dream of clean, limitless, and affordable energy into a technologically feasible, commercially viable, and environmentally friendly solution.”This paradigm shift could benefit Texas, which enjoys some of the world’s best solar and wind resources. As Mirtchev notes, “solar power has the highest theoretical power generation capacity of all renewables.”
Real Clear Energy [6/10/21]
Texas Solar: Riding the Alternative Energy Megatrend
Of special note is Alexander Mirtchev, whose solid new book (“The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition“) traces the trajectory of energy in the global economy. Mirtchev shows how each earlier era has had a transformative effect, a powerful narrative leading straight to an examination of today’s Sino-American rivalry.
Dr. Alexander Mirtchev, the Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Council and Distinguished Professor at the School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, just came out with a massive, in-depth treatment of the subject, his Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition, (Simon & Schuster, 2021). He did a yeoman’s job analyzing the greatest transformations of our times.
Alexander Mirtchev, a respected member of the Washington foreign policy establishment and vice chairman of the Atlantic Council, in a new book based on a study he conducted for the Wilson Center, names this changed horizon for what it is: a megatrend. In doing this Mirtchev joins other megatrend energy spotters of the past, including environmentalist Amory Lovins and economist Daniel Yergin. Mirtchev’s book is titled “The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition.”
Mirtchev’s book is a serious work by a serious scholar which pulls together the impact of alternative energy on national security, the interplay between great powers, and the changing landscape between great powers and a few lesser ones. It is wonderfully free of the idealistic tropes about alternative energy as a morally superior force.
From 2011 to 2015 the U.S. military nearly increased its renewable power generation by 100 percent while the nation’s economy added merely 2.6 percent of renewable power generation. With continued growth in renewables and further investment in the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which engages in cutting edge experimental technologies, the United States could maintain a competitive advantage with its allies in NATO and the EU as well as with rivals like China who, according to Dr. Alexander V. Mirtchev, is prepared to be the world’s leading producer and consumer of alternative energy technology in the world. Mirtchev offers a variety of valuable lessons for Defense Department budget planners through his book, The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition. The book analyzes major shifts in renewable energy sources in various sectors including continued investments in alternative energy throughout the Defense Department.
@Scharschool’s@AlexanderMirtch’s book is receiving great reviews–this in@Forbes. “The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition” contextualizes the necessity of alternate energy in national security.
George Mason University, Schar School [4/2/21]
Dr. Alexander Mirtchev’s new book, The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition, identifies and charts the security-related trajectory of a relatively new global phenomenon: the ascent of alternative energy as a 21st century megatrend.
George Mason University, Center for Energy Science and Policy [4/1/21]
The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition
In his new book, “The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition”, Atlantic Council Vice Chairman Alexander Mirtchev defines the alternative energy megatrend as it relates to national security and using energy as leverage with other countries. He does it in the context of the new great power rivalry between the West and China, in particular. Mirtchev is also a founding member of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
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