To free the U.S. of fossil fuel dependency while boosting the economy, we need the kind of visionary leadership that led to the Apollo moon landings in 1969, according to Inslee and Hendricks in this energetic articulation of a clean-energy future. That vision is sadly lacking under the current administration, reports Washington State Congressman Inslee in several caustic sidebars about his contentious energy discussions with President Bush and Vice-President Cheney. His first-person anecdotes lighten this otherwise earnest book, based on initiatives of the Apollo Alliance, an advocacy group and think tank uniting unions, environmental groups and business organizations committed to fostering a green economy. Redesigning the car, investing in solar power, mining wind for power, exploring the nascent technology of wave energy, using energy more efficiently and working clean coal and safe nuclear power into the equation are among the authors' prescriptions. Inslee is primary congressional sponsor of the New Apollo Energy Act and on the Apollo Alliance advisory board; coauthor Hendricks is a member of the alliance's steering committee. A brief foreword by Bill Clinton waxes enthusiastic about the synergy between the book, the alliance and the proposed legislation. (Nov. 2)
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"Representative Inslee is a nuanced thinker and speaker. . . Apollo's Fire is as characteristically rational and up front."
"…energetic articulation of a clean-energy future…"
"The book evokes the national focus on reaching the moon in the 1960s to advocate a comprehensive array of policy and technological solutions."
"Apollo's Fire is one of the more comprehensive, balanced, and upbeat books out there now about America's energy situation… It encourages people to think big, while instilling a sense of urgency. It has a message of hope, not futility."
"Apollo's Fire is a ... summons to shake ourselves free from the physical and political corruptions of oil."
"Apollo's Fire gets the situation almost exactly right."
(Bill McKibben SEED Magazine)
"Their vision is true to America's competitive spirit … It is innovation for the improvement of humanity. It is science as stewardship. This is our errand into the wilderness, and it is our obligation to our children and to the global community. Apollo's Fire calls us to our destiny."
(President Bill Clinton in his forward to Apollo's Fire)
"Apollo's Fire is a breath of fresh air and optimism about how America's ingenuity and enterprise can stop climate change. Jay Inslee and Bracken Hendricks provide a rousing call for all of us to protect the environment by using the inspiring stories of people around the country who already are."
(Donna Brazile political strategist and analyst)
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(Sir Richard Branson founder and chairman of the Virgin Group)
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(Robert Redford actor and director)
"Apollo's Fire is a brilliant, inspiring book on the need to set goals and find future solutions to achieve clean, efficient energy. It is beautifully written, exciting, and hopeful. It's a must read for every American who wants to save the planet."
(Helen Thomas Hearst Newspapers columnist)
"And so Apollo's Fire shares the stories of dozens of dreamers, inventors, scientists and more who are taking global warming seriously, and are doing their part to fight it."
"...a passionate argument for the economic shift the authors say is necessary to ease America into a clean-energy revolution."