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  • Perfect Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Northern California Community Technologies; first edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978651766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978651763
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,562,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally, layman language on how huge our energy crisis truly is with a reasoned path for achieving Energy Independence. Obama and McCain both need to read this one! --Marty Diefenbach, President, Diefenbach Development Company

About the Author

Bill Roth is the Green Business Coach columnist for Entrepreneur.com and President of NCCT, a company that enables the commercialization of sustainability. He has provided leadership on such pioneering accomplishments as the launch of the first hydrogen fueled Prius, development of solar power plants and the design of Real Time Pricing that enables consumer conservation decision making. He has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Florida, has been a guest lecturer in behalf of the World Bank and has served as a technical advisor/business sponsor on energy sustainability legislation and government initiatives.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A. Hartsough on June 25, 2008
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In this timely work, economist Bill Roth succinctly summarizes the science and the state of national affairs regarding our addiction to fossil fuels. He then goes on to spell out the stengths and weaknesses of all the alternatives before describing his proposed big solution. As he notes, the issue is less about the particulars of his proposal than getting a sense of the scale of what we would have to undertake as a nation to meet the scientifically-prescribed greenhouse gas reduction targets, and the effort required would be large indeed.

Bill pulls no punches and challenges conventional thinking of all stripes. While I personally am not as sanguine as Bill appears to be about our near-term ability to address the waste-disposal problems of nuclear fuel, I found his thinking about the problems that we face to be right on target. Indeed, I've been citing parts of it for the last week.

I might also note that given the author's sense of urgency in getting his message out, it was perhaps not surprising that I found a few places where an editor would have helped. However, that didn't detract from my overall sense that this work and its challenging message are just what we need at this time of peril and opportunity.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Olson on September 10, 2008
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Clearly anything that helps us better understand the bigger picture and to step outside our silo perspectives of the issues gets us further along the path to making better decisions that shape our future. Bill Roth in his book "On Empty - Out of Time" addresses this larger picture from an economist's point of view providing unique insights and facts. Mr. Roth's clarion point is that as long as individuals make buying choices based upon misleading pricing information that do not include such costs as "Boots on the Ground" or Global Warming, we will continue to beggar our future. Is this the legacy we would leave our children? I encourage you to read his book.
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