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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (September 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423601564
  • ASIN: B003GAN328
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WAR. TERRORISM. GLOBAL WARMING. LEAKING NUCLEAR WASTE DUMPS. HIGH OIL PRICES.
We are facing an international energy crisis of unprecedented proportion. The foreign policy of the United States is uncomfortably associated with our dependency on foreign oil. Carbon-based fuels are creating a greenhouse effect that is wreaking havoc around the world. Nuclear power is not only dangerous, but it is also not an economically feasible solution. The earth needs an answer and it needs one fast.
The answer for the energy crisis is in renewable resources. Solar and wind power, ethanol and other biofuels, geothermal energy, hydrogen, and other renewable resources will preserve life as we know it. The United States-indeed, every country in the world-needs to be able to produce, use, and store its own energy. There is no time to delay. The technology exists today to make substantial changes in our energy production and use. Long-time energy insider S. David Freeman challenges the United States and the world to create a high-energy global civilization where each nation has its own homegrown, carbon-free renewable source of energy. It is not a hope or a dream. Freeman explains how the combined action and voice of ordinary people can make a difference and can save the world from destruction.
Freeman has an answer to winning the energy war, and everyone should listen. s. david freeman has had the ear of federal officials since the days of JFK. He helped bring about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Nixon. He headed the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest nuclear program, under Jimmy Carter. From New York to Los Angeles, Freeman has headed agencies and utilities companies, continually working to make utilities more environmentally safe, more efficient, and more cost-friendly to the customer. He authored Energy: The New Era. He has three children and nine grandchildren. He is currently president of the commission overseeing the Port of Los Angeles and lives in neighboring Marina del Rey.
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s. david freeman has had the ear of federal officials since the days of JFK. He helped bring about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Nixon. He headed the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest nuclear program, under Jimmy Carter. From New York to Los Angeles, Freeman has headed agencies and utilities companies, continually working to make utilities more environmentally safe, more efficient, and more cost-friendly to the customer. He authored Energy: The New Era. He has three children and nine grandchildren. He is currently president of the commission overseeing the Port of Los Angeles and lives in neighboring Marina del Rey.

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A very worthwhile read.
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I was so impressed by the book that I bought it for all my book-club friends and gave several out as Christmas gifts.
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Freeman thinks America will actually benefit from learning.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura Doll on December 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
No one is better at laying out the big picture more clearly than Freeman. In this case, the big picture is the future of energy. Read this book if you are confused or overwhelmed by all the information coming at you about wind, solar, coal and the the range of energy technologies that each purport to be the next answer to our problems. In a sobering yet hopeful way, Freeman cuts through the noise and reminds us that there are many very real options available today which, when combined, can move us forward toward a clean and sustainable energy future.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Energy Pro on December 13, 2007
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Freeman lays out the actions that America--make that the world--needs to take. That is, if we plan to get on the right side of climate change!!

His sense of wit and his common speak make the book readable for everyone, and at times, down right hilarious. If the book was required reading for all government and electric utility employees, not to mention citizens, the US might actually get off its dangerous diet of fossil and nuclear fuels.

As an aside, I read a negative review of the book on Amazon, but must inform the person who posted it that they are technically wrong. Power IS calculated to consumers on a Cents-Per-Kilowatt-Hour-Basis, and it is NOT uncommon for large amounts of power to be defined in millions of kilo-watt or mega-watt hours. The other remarks were not understandable or overly political. Like my mother used to say, "Don't trust an ideologue that has their facts mixed up."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gina B. Hardin on December 16, 2007
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This is an excellent and very readable description of how we can make the change to a renewable clean energy future by someone who has been in the forefront of the power generation process for many decades. It should be required reading for any educational settting where energy and national security issues are studied. There is an energy future for the planet that can prevent predicted catastophic climate change, and that future can be NOW if we follow the pathway described in this book. Read and discuss with your kids too!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jim Harrigan on January 6, 2008
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"The United States has a lot to learn from the rest of the world."

Bold and true. No one convinced Freeman it is polite to lie in order for America appear good. No one convinced Freeman it is for Americans to drive SUVs everywhere just because they need to express freedom. One can express freedom by farting out loud in a cafeteria, but I wouldn't be proud if I did it. I would be embarrassed. No one convinced Freeman that by holding onto your arrogance and downright stupidity that one shows a measure of authority necessary to keep the world in line. No one convinced Freeman it is necessary for troops to die in Iraq so that their deaths would not be in futility, and that this simpleton logic deserves no further exploration. Freeman is not convinced that America is not above learning. Freeman thinks America will actually benefit from learning. If one is so smart to be beyond all help then don't bother reading this book.

In the last three years there have been many books on the subject of energy independence, and while there is some agreement there are also distinctions. Freeman's positions are pro-Hydrogen, pro-Lithium, and anti-nuclear. Freeman will admit that Hydrogen fuel cells need work, but believes that work here will be worth the effort. I'm not sure how hydrogen fuel cells will work in a place like Phoenix if there are 2 million cars on the road giving off water vapor when it is 120 degrees in the shade. Water vapor emissions will cause an increase in humidity and also increases temperature as it is a strong greenhouse gas until it precipitates. Hydrogen is not ready for the market. Hydrogen needs a good deal of work to make it inexpensive for manufacture and available to the public.

While I like Richardson's plan, I welcome discussion of Freeman as it has become well beyond time to get on with a new energy plan for America. Let's stop taking down the solar panels from the White House and do something right for a change.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jerald Cole on December 13, 2007
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"Winning our Energy Independence" is exactly what it purports to be: a series of well-considered opinions and recommendations from a 40-plus year veteran of the U.S. energy industry. As anyone who has dealt with the author in person can attest, Commissioner Freeman doesn't espouse ideas unless they are solidly backed with fact and hard-earned experience. The book logically lays out the problems resulting from our current energy base, including economics, health and environmental issues, and national security. He then leads the reader through a series of suggestions to improve the situation, discussing the pluses and minuses of each technology while avoiding the pitfalls posed by one-size-fits-all solutions.

The book does contain a couple of minor technical errors. For example, the brief description of electrolysis is not quite accurate. There are also a few typographical errors such as kW instead of kWh, but these are minor and most people should recognize them. The book avoids detailed science and statistics in favor of readability. However, for those wanting charts and graphs and other background data, the author has thoroughly referenced his facts chapter by chapter.

The book is written in an easily accessible style, similar to the plain-speak the author is well known for. It should be of interest to and easily understood by a wide range of readers, including policy makers, technologists, students and the general public.
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