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Alternative Energy: Facts, Statistics, and Issues (Alternative Energy) 1st Edition

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A former reference librarian and the author of The Statistical Handbook on Technology, Berinstein here applies her statistical expertise to an analysis of alternative energy. The opening history of energy use includes coverage of conventional energy (coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric) and a time line dating from 1767 through 2000. The next section includes a balanced discussion of the economics of renewable energy, with separate chapters covering the major alternatives: solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, biomass, wind, ocean and tidal, fusion, geothermal, and hydrogen. Each chapter includes an overview as well as treatment of equipment needs, economics, incentives, environmental considerations, and developments in the area. Throughout, Berinstein reiterates that not all alternative energy is harmless to the environment. The work contains 85 tables (mainly from the U.S. Department of Energy) that cover measures such as emissions, consumption, fuel costs, operating costs, and production, to name just a few. The layout is attractive, with pictures, diagrams, and numerous "At a Glance" information boxes complementing the text. While the statistical information may be a bit overwhelming to the lay reader for whom this book is intended, having so much data in one volume is very handy. Of interest to academic and public library patrons; researchers in industry libraries will find the numbers useful. Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


"This excellent handbook writes its own very accurate review in its preface: "While a mountain of information about alternative energy exists, laying one's hands on a concise summary of the state of the art remains difficult. Hence, this volume, which gathers disparate and scattered information, provides a pithy overview of the industry, and the context in which it operates..,."well documented, and very interesting volume."-SB & F

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Product Details

  • Series: Alternative Energy
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; 1st edition (June 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573562483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573562485
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,945,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paula Berinstein (Paula B) has released the first book in her middle-grade/YA series about a girl detective, Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy:

Twelve-year-old Amanda Lester wouldn't be caught dead going into the family business. If the ancestor her parents idolize, Sherlock Holmes's colleague Inspector G. Lestrade, is anything to go by, being a detective isn't for her, and anyway, she's afraid of criminals. Filmmaking is her calling, and no one is going to stop her from pursuing it. Unfortunately her latest project with the L.A. Stick Dog Filmmakers Club and Production Company isn't coming together and her control freak tendencies have driven away all her actors. If she doesn't make a winning film soon, she'll be sent to a secret English school for the descendants of famous detectives and her career will be over.

To Amanda's horror, that's exactly what happens. She considers running away--until she and her new friends find drops of blood and weird pink substances in odd places around the school. Are these mysterious happenings clues to a real mystery or simply part of the elaborate class project the teachers assign every year? The answer comes all too soon. When her father disappears and the cook is found dead with her head in a bag of sugar, the kids are certain that real crimes are taking place. Now Amanda must embrace her destiny and uncover the truth. The only snag is that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty, a descendant of Holmes's nemesis Professor James Moriarty, might be involved, and he doesn't like nosy little girls interfering in his business.

Can Amanda overcome her fears and stop Moriarty, or will she play it safe and allow him to succeed at his biggest conspiracy ever? Only if she accepts her destiny can she move forward, and she isn't sure her Lestrade genes are up to the challenge.

From 2005 to 2012, Paula produced and hosted the popular podcast The Writing Show ( She holds degrees in English literature and librarianship from UCLA.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Calloway on November 7, 2007
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Folks, This is a great read, especially if you are concerned about present day conditions with oil and climate issues. Also feel free to visit: [...] to help with these perplexing problems that are approaching us at a breakneck speed.
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