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“I would hope that government officials, politicians, and everyone that should be involved in the energy crisis- which means you and me-would read Who Turned Out the Lights? This book is factual but not boring. Its suggestions for energy consumption are meaningful.” (Blogcritics.org)
“In this clear, concise, and accessible book, Bittle and Johnson go beyond name calling and finger pointing and take a refreshing middle ground. It’s an invaluable read for anyone interested in our energy past, present, and future.” (Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder, authors of The Clean Tech Revolution)
“How far will we go to satisfy our oil addiction, and who will decide our energy future? If you want in on this discussion, then this book is for you. There are also real solutions available right now; all we have to do is listen, learn, and act.” (Antonia Juhasz, author of The Tyranny of Oil: the World's Most Powerful IndustryAnd What We Must Do To Stop It.)
From the editors of PublicAgenda.org, an entertaining, irreverent, and absolutely essential nonpartisan guide to the energy crisis
Energy: It's a problem that never goes away (despite our best efforts as a nation to ignore it). Why has there been so much talk and so little action? In Who Turned Out the Lights? Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson offer a much-needed reality check: The "Drill, Baby, Drill" versus "Every Day Is Earth Day" battle is not solving our problems, and the finger-pointing is just holding us up.
Sorting through the political posturing and confusing techno-speak, they provide a fair-minded, "let's skip the jargon" explanation of the choices we face. And chapters such as "It's All Right Now (In Fact, It's a Gas)" prove that, while the problem is serious, getting a grip on it doesn't have to be. In the end, the authors present options from the right, left, and center but take just one position: The country must change the way it gets and uses energy, and the first step is to understand the choices.See all Editorial Reviews
I bought the book in the hope of gaining knowledge and insights. Total fail. Even the voluminous facts in the book are suspect for a couple of reasons. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jennsdad
Gives alternatives to fossil-fuel and their advantagesPublished 12 months ago by by Joseph Palladino
Very good book. I agree with much of what is said in the positive reviews. One complaint, there is nothing about passive solar heating. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by doug k
Great book! We've based our subcommittee information upon the book. THank you for your speedy service in mailing the book!