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4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read to Get the Big Picture, June 10, 2014
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This review is from: Energy Unbound: A Fable for America's Future (Hardcover)
Want to understand the big picture regarding energy in all its facets? Then this is the book to get you started. Written by experts in a style that provides even laymen an easy way to digest the breadth of energy issues, policies, and solutions. Using fictional characters that are easy to relate to the authors slowly take you through the energy "education" of the newly appointed U.S. Secretary for Energy a mid-western homemaker thrust into one of the most pivotal positions in federal government. Between her everyperson's common sense and her education by a wacky but brilliant energy adviser - the new Secretary of Energy - Eunice Bunnyhut, shakes the foundations of entrenched interests and misguided energy policy. This is a must read primer that will get you critically thinking and asking the right questions about whatever you may be reading or hearing about current domestic or international energy policy. You might wonder how a book written back in 1986 could possibly inform us today about energy policy. The book explains well how national policy has repeatedly asked the wrong questions, responded to the wrong prompts, and continued to try the same strategies over and over using slightly different names. In the wake of this book, we have continued to ask the wrong questions while trying to employ the same strategies to solve the wrong problems. The book may be old but the issues it addresses and solutions it proposes are just as relevant today as they were then. Read this book - understand first then act!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our Energy Needs simplified, February 26, 2010
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The Lovins have did a fantastic job of breaking down our energy needs into 3 categories: heating, mobile and electrical. Anytime you try and convert one type to another, you are going to lose a significant amount of energy in the conversion. While the book is getting long in the tooth (1980's) the principles are still the same in 2010's. We still have so much "low hanging fruit to pick" before we need to take on the grandiose schemes like adding more nuclear powered plants. Many houses are still not even close to energy efficient. If a house on the Oregon coast can be built as a net-zero energy house, then they can be built almost anywhere, but it is still, one house here, one house there. Apartments and rental properties tend to be the last on anyone's list to improve, but one of the worst sink holes for energy, for people who can least afford it.
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Energy Unbound: A Fable for America's Future by Amory B. Lovins (Hardcover - March 12, 1986)
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