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Green: Your Place in the New Energy Revolution [Paperback]

by Jane Hoffman, Michael Hofmann
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June 24, 2008 0230605443 978-0230605442 1

Green illustrates and sheds new light on the gamut of issues associated with renewable energy, a topic whose importance increases exponentially with every temperature record-setting year. Jane and Michael Hoffman use their years of experience to explain the technological and economic future of this ecologically significant issue. They incisively explain its politics: what countries are doing right now and, most importantly, what the U.S. should be doing. Green will cut through the hype and polemics surrounding ecologically friendly technologies and present the unvarnished truth. It will guide the reader through the misinformation and confusion over global warming, and demonstrate the degree to which renewable energy can be part of the solution. 

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According to the authors of this optimistic assessment of the global energy crisis, the current gluttonous dependence on nonrenewable fossil fuels is merely an ecologically ruinous interlude between energy ages. In the authors' decidedly long view, mankind survived for centuries without much need for oil, coal and natural gas—although humans were using all three in limited fashion as early as 3000 B.C., petroleum was first pumped from a well in Pennsylvania only in 1859—and can do so again. The Hoffmans argue that as technology improves efficiencies, solar fields, wind farms, geothermal drilling and biomass crops will replace fossil fuels as energy sources, a process driven as much by economic self-interest as by pressure for a more sane environmental future. They dismiss both the hydrogen economy and corn-based ethanol as unfeasible energy sources, but suggest that an African weed, jatropha, has the potential to turn that poverty-stricken continent into the Saudi Arabia of biofuel. Accessible and surprisingly entertaining, this informed overview of available paths to relatively pollution-free energy resources is a level-headed primer on the world to come. (July)
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About the Author

Jane Hoffman is a nationally renowned policy expert on consumer issues and domestic policy and was a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor for New York.  She ran the Department of Consumer Affairs during the Giuliani administration, and has also worked as a Senior Producer at CNN. Michael Hoffman is Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings, LLC, where he manages the world's largest renewable energy fund.  He specializes in global investments in renewable energy and power enterprises.  They live in New York City.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1 edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230605443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230605442
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book does an excellent job of explaining developments and investment opportunities within the U.S. renewable energy sector in a way that is easy to understand and relate to. With energy emerging as a major 2008 presidential campaign issue, this book could bring someone with limited knowledge of renewable energy up to speed on all the major issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great green July 22, 2008
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I am inspired by the illuminating and clear information that the Hoffman team has compiled, Green is a masterful book. It is informative and entertaining. I highly recommend Green, because we all have a place in the New Energy Revolution. An exceptional book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Shades of Green - Energy, Economics, and the Environment

Green: Your Place in the New Energy Revolution, Hoffman, Jane and Hoffman, Michael J.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2008, 272 pages, ISBN-10: 0230605443

"May you live in interesting times." - Old Chinese curse.
"The line it is drawn, the curse it is cast" - Dylan

Jane Hoffman, a policy wonk, and Michael Hoffman, a professional capitalist, have written a terrific book on the challenges and opportunities we face in moving from a fossil fuel based economy to a sustainable energy economy. Their intended audience includes people who think about where the energy they use comes from, who work, or want to work in the field. If you're in a position in which you make vote, or make policy, then you should read this book. If you're life expectancy is greater than 4 years, or you have children or grandchildren, then you should read this book. Unless you're living off the grid, then you should read this book.

The Challenges

1."Remaining reserves of oil in the world are just enough to last us for another thirty-six to forty-five years."
2."The global demand for electricity is projected to grow by 75% in the next 12 years."
3.Americans threw over 95 billion barrels of oil in the garbage last year by not recycling plastic bottles.
4.Burning fossil fuels pushes tons of greenhouse gases and other things - mercury, oxides of sulphur, and oxides of nitrogen into the air we breathe.

The Opportunities

1."It is possible to significantly cut the bottom line of your electricity bill by switching to a renewable power source."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book is well written by people with experience in the field. It provides a very comprehensive review of the three pillars of the energy crisis, conservation, development and utilization of existing energy forms, plus new technology with extensive advantages. I only wish I was forty years younger so I could make some contribution to the solution of our energy needs for the future.
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