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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2012
Two books available, Funny Money by Mark Singer and Belly Up by Phillip Zweig tell the story of men who created a terrible bank collapse...this man was deeply involved and here he is again. The clean, safe story does not reflect the contamination and corruption that follows these self-professed "players". On Father's Day, I spoke to a woman who lost her father to severe contamination of his water well..he was 90 years old and a good, decent man. The contrast between the victims and the operators is quite a divide.Read the books and think about it. Why has our country become a divided society? Justice is to be for all under US law. Toxic chemical contamination is costing lives, what is your life worth? this is not about money but human suffering in the name of financial gain.Not a transition our democracy can survive.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2009
A persuasive read that explains not only the abundance of America's natural gas supplies but how increased use of the country's domestic natural gas can provide the crucial bridge to move us closer to the sustainability of clean renewables. Thought provoking! Even if you're not in the energy industry -- and perhaps especially if you're not in the energy industry -- this book is an important read to understand why and how we need to adjust the types of energy fuels we use.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2013
Cheap natural gas will profoundly affect America's next few years, and the effect will continue for the decades. I think it's a positive thing. Environmentalists and socialists should read this as well to gain some new perspectives.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2009
This is one of the most compelling and important energy books I've ever read. Essentially, Hefner argues we have much more natural gas than generally appreciated and that ramping up natgas production and usage is the most practical solution to reducing our dependence on foreign oil and our CO2 emissions.

Unfortunately, I'm afraid too many people believe oil and natgas are variations on the same energy source and, thus, are likely to dismiss Hefner's message. We need to understand that natural gas is found independently of oil and the U.S. possesses enormous reserves of gas. Moreover, natgas is a cleaner fuel than coal and gasoline. Solar, wind power and other renewable energy sources will not come online anytime soon in sufficient quantities to make a dent in our oil usage. Natgas is the best short-term solution and can prove to be a transitional fuel until new energy technologies become viable on a large scale. In short, the answer to our energy problems is staring us in the face.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
A long awaited book that should be read by everyone. We must understand the energy world and who better to write this than a pioneer.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Hefner's "The Grand Energy Transition" rambles on for 200+ pages, making the case that America is blessed with abundant, affordable supplies of natural gas that can be scaled up in the near future to become the bridge fuel to an energy sustainable future, and that these supplies, supplemented by Alaskan natural gas and the world's liquefied natural gas are adequate to fuel at least half our vehicle fleet for decades and replace our oldest, inefficient coal-fired electric power generation. The problem is that he offers almost no documentation of his natural gas reserves claims, nor the affordability of drilling and using it. (Would require refitting autos and trucks, new distribution system as well.)

On the other hand, T. Boone Pickens (established credibility) is on the same track, and 'official' reserve estimates were recently increased to the range Hefner claims. Still, I'm left wondering about its efficacy as a motor fuel - I used to drive a natural gas-powered bus, and found it so slow starting out at an intersection that it was hard getting across before the traffic light changed. Then there was my experience driving a propane-powered propane delivery truck. It was faster than the bus, but LEAKED!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2009
For a quick, easy, NOW answer to begin solving our energy crisis, this book has the answers. Everyone should read this, and let Washington know what they need to do! Pass the word to everyone!
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2009
I found this book to be very informative regarding the future of our energy use in this country and insightful to the economic policies at hand.
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