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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814413722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814413722
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

What one change could preserve democracy, increase national security, reduce health care costs, increase business output, and improve public health? U.S. Congressman and renewable energy engineer McNerney (of Pleasanton, Calif.), with tech journalist Cheek, cover the history and future with fossil fuels, illustrating the enormous potential of renewable energy-including solar, wind, biomass, nuclear, geothermal, water, and hydrogen-to head off a grim fate for Western civilization, from diminishing food supplies to setbacks in education. With milestones including 75 percent energy independence from OPEC by 2020, the authors compare their goal to the American Revolution in importance and scope, but never grow sanctimonious. In measured language, this volume reviews current, past and future U.S. policy, as well as renewable energy projects and goals around the world, concluding with concrete suggestions for implementing clean energy (including education, international partnerships and financing). Addressing skeptics, the authors question whether "our nation's free market system truly benefits by providing petroleum companies with substantial financial subsidies," and make a convincing case for other arrangements.
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Not surprising for a member of Congress whose credentials include a career in renewable energy engineering, McNerney, with veteran journalist Cheek, frames his arguments regarding our current energy crisis in historical terms. Not since the American Revolution has this country faced such an overwhelming challenge to break the bonds of dependency. Only this time, our reliance is on foreign oil, and our failure to achieve energy independence could have consequences as dire as anything the emerging nation faced in 1776. Reviewing the sequence of events that have contributed to the present situation, the authors explore options for replacing fossil fuels, and examine how the responsibility for sustainability falls to diverse areas both in the government and private sectors. Frequently spinning scenarios that illustrate an Armageddon that could befall the nation should it fail to reverse current trends, the authors nevertheless ultimately paint a hopeful picture for the future based on contemporary successes, outlining steps necessary for progress, including the development of funding resources and structured timetables. --Carol Haggas

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jim Estill on August 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I tend to avoid controversy so I do not do politics. So hoping this review is not too political.

The author is a Congressman so politics are a part of the book.

Environment should not be a political issue. It just seems obvious. We should not destroy the planet. It should be the common goal that unites.

I smiled at the bumper sticker - "Earth First - We can destroy the other planets later". Of course it was on an SUV.

The book covers the history and stats of climate change. McNerney is a politician so he delves into the politics(which are appalling). He has a good chapter on Hubbard's peak( the time when we hit peak oil production).

There is a great chapter on energy and national security.

I also liked the chapter on public health. Over 50% of US electricity is produced by coal.

What I have learned is people are primarily economic driven - not "feel good" or "social good". This means for true change to happen, there needs to be the right policy. Tax energy use - do not subsidize it. I am discouraged by US politics and worry that no politician will be brave enough to do the right thing for the environment.

His prognosis is scary if we do not fix policy and the environment.

It is a worthwhile book. Read it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ken Mort on August 8, 2011
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"Clean Energy Naton", (purchased from Amazon), carefully describes the importance of reducing the Country's dependence on fossil fuels. Admittedly fossil fuels are a cheap source of energy, but the supply of cheap fuels is limited, and their use creates problems such as global warming, pollution, and security issues. It is important to start now to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. If we start now it can be more systematic and well designed rather than if we wait until it becomes a series of reactions to emergencies. The book describes paths to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

The book points out the importance of improving education in math and science. Global warming has become somewhat of a political football which couldn't have happened if the electorate (and politicians) were more knowledgable about math and science. This problem should never have become politicized. Global warming has already started to have a serious impact, and it will become much worse if something isn't done to reduce greenhouse gasses.

Included in the book is a list of suggested reading which is very helpful.

I enthusiastically recommend that everyone read this book, and it's especially important that all members of The Congress read this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle K. Malsbury on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Congressman Jerry McNerney, Ph.D. and Martin Cheek, Authors
Clean Energy Nation
AMACOM, ISBN 978-8144-1372-2
Non-Fiction-environment, global warming, climate change
309 pages
October 2010 Review for Bookpleasures
Reviewer-Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM
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Doctor McNerney, co-author of Clean Energy Nation, was a congressman for California from 2008 until 2010. (2011, p.309) While acting in that position he was a member of the House committee on Science, Space, and Technology; the Subcommittee on energy and the environment; and Subcommittee on Investigation and Oversight. Doctor McNerney is a native of New Mexico and graduate from the University of New Mexico. He has worked in the energy field for our government, consulted for other organizations in the specific area of wind energy. He and his family now call California home. McNerney is author of many unpublished novels and several published articles on wind energy and other technical topics.

Co-author of Clean energy Nation, Martin cheek wrote for newspapers and magazines for twenty years or more. (2011, p.310) He has penned over 1,000 articles that have been syndicated across the globe. Martin is a Californian and enjoys participating with many non-profits that help shape the direction of his community at large. He currently writes travel articles for the website www.Homes&Abroad.com.

As a people we should be concerned about depleting our natural resources and leaving the world a better place for future generations. Back as far as 1956, Doctor Hubbert (2011, p.12) attempted to calculate and project our oil production into the future.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Pappas on March 3, 2013
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At no place in advertizing does it say the congressman author is a liberal democrat. However as a PhD and to his credit his arguments are factual. While I agree we need to ween ourselves of fossel fuels, his path needs to include a gradual phased approach of getting the most of what we have already invested in for over 100 years, rather than the total green approach. He missed a chance to address where we are with fossel fuels and how to ween ourselves including R&D technology for clean Coal and liquified coal for automotive use al well greater use of natural gas as a transition to all the green stuff. A a total plan of the use of all our assets including the good and bad of each would have been more palatable.
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3 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tutor Turtle on July 25, 2011
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The inconvenient reality is that there are more BTU's per unit measure (pick one) with Fossil Fuels (FF) than any other, and by quite a substantial amount. FF's are also cheaper by a substantial amount than their nearest alternative. Clean energy is neither cheap nor plentiful, the Western world exists primarily on the availability of cheap & plentiful energy, take that away, and the game quickly changes for the worse. The tyranny we face right now is a government who refuses to let market forces drive exploration and harvesting. America and Canada have all the energy resources we need for hundreds of years, but the Enviro-nannies won't let the market decide. So long as we let the government (who have failed at everything they've touched) run the show, we will remain in crisis mode.
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