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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; Lrg edition (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419655825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419655821
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Faced with global crises on all sides, national leaders and policymakers are either lost in denial or groping blindly for solutions. Will they desperately attempt to merely manage problems like global warming, pollution, and resource wars, or will they overturn the old order in favor of a new world paradigm that actually solves these problems and promises a better life for all?

Those policymakers who sound the alarm over these issues and declare sweeping goals like energy independence and drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are hailed for their bold vision, yet none of them have offered a viable plan to reach those goals. But wishing will not make it so. We need real solutions, and we need them now.

Prescription for the Planet provides a roadmap to the post-scarcity era. It explains in clear and straightforward prose how three little-known technologies can be employed in a wondrous synergy to neutralize many of the most pressing dilemmas of our time. And unlike those who warn how painful their partial remedies will be, the way forward will not only be painless but will result in an improvement in the standard of living for everyone on the planet. From limitless and economical clean energy supplies to cheap zero-emission fuel for vehicles to recycling solutions that recover virtually everything without any extra effort on the part of individuals, Prescription for the Planet points the way to a future of almost unbelievable possibility. This is a call to transform the planet through a global energy and environmental revolution. You are cordially invited to participate.

About the Author

Tom Blees is the president of the Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI), an international NGO dedicated to uplifting the standard of living of people in all nations while repairing our damaged environment. Many of the goals of SCGI, and the methods to achieve them, are elucidated in the pages of Prescription for the Planet. He is a member of the selection committee for the Global Energy Prize, considered Russia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize for energy research. Tom is also on the board of The World Energy Forum, a UN- & World Bank-affiliated organization whose goal of providing abundant energy for all mankind mirrors the purpose of SCGI. He has acted as a consultant and energy systems advisor to private industry and government from the local to the international level.

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I encourage everyone to read this book.
Lynn Unroe
This book must surely be unique in offering solutions to global warming and energy shortages on a sufficient scale to stand a chance of making a real difference.
John R. Oliver
There are solutions for our environmental and energy problems!
Robert Hargraves

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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By G. Meyerson on October 15, 2008
This book is a must read for people who want to be informed about our worsening energy and ecology crisis. Before I read this book, I was opposed to nuclear power for the usual reasons: weapons proliferation and the waste problem. But also because I had read that in fact nuclear power was not as clean as advertised nor as cost competitive as advertised and was, moreover, not a renewable form of energy, as it depends upon depleting stocks of uranium, which would become an especially acute problem in the event of "a nuclear renaissance." Before I read this book, I was also of the opinion that growth economies (meaning for now global capitalism) were in the process of becoming unsustainable, that, as a consequence, our global economy would itself unravel due to increasing energy costs and the inability of renewable technologies genuinely and humanely to solve the global transport problem of finding real replacements for the billions of gallons of gasoline consumed by the global economy, and the billions more gallons required to fuel the growth imperative. I was thus attracted to the most egalitarian versions of Richard Heinberg's power down/relocalization thesis.

Blees' book has turned many of my assumptions upside down and so anyone who shares these assumptions needs to read this book and come to terms with the implications of Blees' excellent arguments. To wit: the nuclear power provided by Integral Fast Reactors (IFR) can provide clean, safe and for all practical purposes renewable power for a growing economy provided this power is properly regulated (I'll return to this issue below).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. Miller on October 19, 2010
I found Prescription for the Planet to be refreshing and entertaining read on one man's well-researched evaluation (developed hand in hand with the scientists who developed its core concepts) of our present energy crisis and his suggested solutions for a workable path forward. His prescription may even be good for the planet's health! I recommend it for anyone interested in current energy issues and a fresh, different perspective.

The author (who isn't even a nuclear engineer ) asserts that solving our planet's most pressing dilemmas requires more than simply setting goals (Which we never even come close to meeting anyway - who was the first/last president (Nixon/Obama) that proclaimed that we needed to use less foreign oil and become energy independent?). Worldwide environmental and social problems require a bold vision for the future that includes feasible planet-wide solutions with all the details. Prescription for the Planet explains how a trio of little-known yet profoundly revolutionary technologies, coupled with their judicious use in an atmosphere of global cooperation, can be the springboard that carries humanity to an era beyond scarcity. A side benefit would be that if his prescription eliminates scarcity, then the incentive for warfare will be eliminated!

The author gores a few oxen along the way (which makes it more entertaining) yet does it in a way that keeps the reader focused on the main message. His writing style is a true pleasure to read.

Mark L Miller
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Taylor on September 20, 2008
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Finally a plain spoken description of three existing technologies that are capable of solving America's problems of dependence on foreign oil, and the impacts of climate change.

Backed by the scientists and engineers who have developed these technologies, the author clearly lays out how the technologies interlock to close the waste cycle, thus precluding the need for further resource extraction. The application of these technologies worldwide have the potential to significantly attenuate the impacts of global warming. The implementation of these technologies has the potential to end the resource wars that currently dominate the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century.

If you are interested in solutions to our energy problems, and a real solution to world peace please consider reading, and passing on this book as it may be the most important text of the 21st century.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Clark on January 4, 2010
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Tom Blees first caught my attention when I heard him in a radio-broadcast interview. Sounded so good that I had ordered the book from Amazon before the interview was over. Like most everyone who thinks about global warming, oil depletion, overpopulation and the like, I had been seeking any means to reverse the sorry legacy of fossil fuel use. I had heard the endless advocacy of the Greens, Richard Heinberg, the Sierra Club, etc, that renewables, conservation and powering down are the answer. Clearly they were not. Our use of fossil fuels has become so massive, so widespread, that such "solutions" are like trying to bail out the ocean! What is needed is a radical game-changer and Tom seems to have hit on one. Even if you're a hard-core anti-nuclear believer, you owe it to yourself to read this book, just for the sake of gaining some nuclear education and "knowing your enemy". The non-nuclear info on plasma furnaces as a way to deal with landfills is reason enough for those opposed to nuclear power to read it. You will notice that the few reviewers who condemn Blees's book don't propose any alternative to fossil fuel use. To them I say: Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

Rich Clark -=- -=- Berkeley, California
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