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Beyond Fossil Fools: The Roadmap to Energy Independence by 2040 Paperback – June 15, 2008
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Joe Shuster's Beyond Fossil Fools opened my eyes. It is a political, economic, and financial epiphany. The book compellingly explains why the United States must move to clean, renewable, and affordable energy in the next 30 years. The book also illustrates how it is possible to reach the goal. The message is clear and convincing. Every policy maker, corporate executive, and thoughtful citizen must read this book and rally round the cause. --Tim Penny, former Democratic U.S. congressman, 1983-1995.
About the Author
Joe Shuster is co-founder of Minnesota Valley Engineering (MVE), which, under his guidance, became the world's leading manufacturer of high-technology, low-temperature (cryogenic) equipment used in industry, medicine, agriculture, and transportation. MVE designed and manufactured hydrogen equipment, enhanced oil recovery systems, and hydrogen and LNG transportation fuel systems. He is also the founder of Teltech, a science and engineering consulting firm that produced hundreds of technical dossiers on many technical subjects including gas turbines, photovoltaic manufacturing processes, natural gas purification, fuels cells and many other energy related topics. He has founded or co-founded seven other technology based companies and has served on the Board of Directors of over twenty businesses, organizations, and international firms. He has received numerous professional and civic awards.
Shuster's energy alert paper for the U.S. congress accurately predicted the oil embargo in 1973. He has also testified before congress in support of a National Technology Transfer program.
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Shuster is absolutely on top of the issues we face concerning energy. (As an elected official, I'm attempting to create and then expand a Zero Energy District in my municipality. I really, totally "get it.")
The book is lame and at the same time overbearing. Shuster takes down others whose approach to a solution differs from his own. His writing is wooden and repetitive.
Score: 10 for awareness, -8 for writing and inclusiveness.
There are so very many titles on this and related matters these days, I would consider this a must to avoid.
It walks you though what the energy - and that's really our lifeblood if you think about it - outlook is for the next thirty years with some hard data. And the outlook is not pretty as population increases and - even with massive conservation efforts - we'll need more energy than we have now. And the stuff to make energy - oil and natural gas - is running out as current prices seem to demonstrate. And coal is a really really dirty fuel. Did you know for example, that a coal fired power plant gives out many more times nuclear radiation than a nuclear plant does?
The author proposes the means to get to energy independence - or energy neutrality - within 30 years by a combination of wind, solar, and nuclear power that can be done with current technology at relatively little cost. Heck - if we can spend 70 billion on a police action in Iraq, we certainly can do this. The proposal is well researched, and gives facts and figures that make sense.
It's easy to read at any level and amazingly persuasive. Go buy it!