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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Clean Energy Press (July 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615388353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615388359
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It would be hard to find more stimulating ideas -- and more compelling reasons to move to clean energy, all stuffed into one small place. Readers will walk away with a greatly expanded understanding of the subject.
--Paul Scott, Plug-In America

Shields renders the landscape of renewables with brush strokes that only a master can deliver. Craig's uncommon gift is powering past political obfuscations while leaving the truth intact.

--Mike Austin, reporter and producer for Blue Planet Almanac

From the Author

My team and I at
2GreenEnergy.com have been hard at work, trying to uncover the truth about the difficulties we face in the migration to renewable energy. The US has plenty of money to fight wars and bail out the biggest corporations that make the biggest, most egregious business mistakes - yet how is it that we're so poor as to lag behind the rest of the world in investing in clean, sustainable ways to generate and use energy? Here's the truth: 2GreenEnergy.com/Truth, and here's a blog in which we ask you to participate and present your ideas on the subject: 2GreenEnergy.com/Blog.

More About the Author

Hello,

I'm Craig Shields, Editor of http://2GreenEnergy.com, where we explore the technology, economics and politics of clean energy. Additionally, 2GreenEnergy brings you the information, tools, and personal connections you need to expand your clean energy business and investments.

Also, be sure to visit our "TRUTH" page to download various free resources on clean energy.

On the same page, you are welcome to keep apprised of what's going on in renewable energy by signing up for my free "2GreenEnergy Alert" email newsletter.

http://2greenenergy.com/truth/


My book "Renewable Energy - Facts and Fantasies" includes interviews with:

 Matthew Simmons, on the idea of "Peak Oil" - the concept that the world's supply of extractable oil is declining

 James Woolsey, one of the world's most credible proponents of renewables, making arguments touching on national security, global climate change, and economics

 Professor V. Ramanathan of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, generally credited with the discovery of the phenomenon of global warming

 George Douglas, spokesperson for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 Brian Rutledge, Audubon Wyoming's Executive Director

 Carbon War Room CEO Jigar Shah, on the use of laissez-faire capitalism to deal with the problems brought about by our planet's addiction to fossil fuels

 Johanna Wald of the Natural Resources Defense Council, whose purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and natural systems

 Robin Murphy of the World Resources Institute, which assists leaders in both the private and public sectors in making sound decisions with respect to practices that affect our environment

 Dr. Gregory Mitchell, Research Biologist and Senior Lecturer, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, top researched on of algae as a biofuel

 Dr. Amir Mikhail of Clipper Windpower, one of the most visible organizations on Earth in the race to provide solutions that offer utility-scale clean energy

 Bruce Allen, consulting physicist, on photovoltaics

 Dr. David Mills, cofounder of Ausra, on concentrated solar power and solar thermal energy

 Paul Thomsen, spokesperson for Ormat Technologies, whose geothermal power plants are a field-proven, mature commercial product operating worldwide.

 Dr. Brian Polagye of the University of Washington, referred to me as "perhaps the world's most senior researcher in hydrokinetics"

 Physicist and engineer Wally Rippel, speaking on Cold Fusion

 Dr. Michael Kearl, Professor of Sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, on the sociology of driving

 Steve Ellis, at Honda, of the most vocal and credible proponents of hydrogen fuel cells

 Jay Friedland, spokesperson for Plug-In America and advocacy for electric transportation

 Mark Duvall, of The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on electric transportation and its impacts on our power grid

 EV advocate Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association

 Rick Sikes, manager of the vehicle fleet for the City of Santa Monica , a municipality that has taken quite a progressive stance with respect to environmental stewardship

 Echelon's Steve Nguyen, on using information technology to drive up the energy efficiency of the world's buildings.

 Rona Fried, whose website SustainableBusiness.com represents a beacon of activism for clean energy and other sustainable practices

 Stephen Lacey of RenewableEnergyWorld.com -- one of the largest websites associated with clean energy

 Renewable energy legend Bill Paul, speaking on international corporate finance

 Jeff Siegel of Green Chip Stocks, on another viewpoint on picking stocks


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Craig Shields does a wonderful job.
David Schwartz
The author does a great job capturing interviews from energy experts in a range of industries.
Maggie S.
Craig makes it fun to read, and interesting to "be informed".
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By Jeffebros on October 1, 2011
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Craig has done an admirable job of laying out the facts of renewables, the good bad and ugly, without the typical prejudice of someone bent on promoting a bias. I found the book to be credible, an easy yet thorough read. There's an awful lot to know about the renewable space. The facts can be intimidating and confusing. Craig makes it fun to read, and interesting to "be informed". Enjoy. I did. Jeff
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By Maggie S. on October 11, 2010
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The author does a great job capturing interviews from energy experts in a range of industries. It's an easy read and much of it is written in a Q&A type format with the author speaking, followed by the interviewee speaking.

This book is a timely piece, particularly since energy and sustainability are big buzz words of our time. This book will leave you ready to have informed discussions on renewable energy and the tough realities of the subject.
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By David Schwartz on October 8, 2010
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If you are wondering what some of the brightest minds in the Renewable Energy field are thinking, you need this on your bookshelf. Craig Shields does a wonderful job.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Siegel on October 11, 2010
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Renewable Energy: Facts and Fantasies really gets to the heart of the burgeoning renewable energy industry. By going straight to the experts, this book provides an honest review of where the industry is, and more important, where it's heading. A great read for those looking for an intro to the world of renewable energy.
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