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Clean Energy Common Sense: An American Call to Action on Global Climate Change Paperback – November 5, 2009
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There are people of good will who hear claims on both sides of the climate change debate and aren't sure what to believe. If that feels familiar, this little book is for you. There are those who want what's best for the future generations, for our environment and for our country, yet worry that our politicians might not get this right. If you're nodding your head, this book is for you. And there are people who care deeply about our common future and just don't see climate change as a priority. If that resonates, this book is for you too, perhaps especially for you. (Robert Redford, actor and director; trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council)
About the Author
Frances Beinecke is president of the Natural Resources Defense Council Inc., a nonprofit, nonpartisan international environmental advocacy organization with 1.3 million members. She resides in New York City. Bob Deans, N.R.D.C.'s Federal Communications Director, is a long-time Washington, D.C. journalist and the author of The River Where America Began: A Journey along the James. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland.
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Catherine H. Chase Peters
(daughter of Sherry Chase, Founder of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development)
The second half of the book introduces her recommendations for a solution to the expertly defined problem. And this second half is where the book falls short and disappoints.
Ms. Beinecke fervently supports the House Bill passed in June of 2009, which is commonly called the Waxman-Markey Clean Energy Bill. Ms. Beinecke believes that this legislation will "reduce the impact of climate change by doing three things; by reducing global warming pollution, by promoting alternatives to fossil fuels, and by helping our country making the smooth transition to the clean energy future we need".
Implementation of these three ambitious tasks she leaves to the power of free markets. This is somewhat ironic because the electric energy market is controlled by a Byzantine web of utility regulations. Energy consumers do not have any influence in setting energy prices at their meters. Consumers of gasoline and diesel fuel have absolutely no influence in setting prices at the pump. To assume that energy markets are going to respond to consumer expectations is to deny reality.
Ms. Beinecke comments on President Kennedy's challenge to send a man to the moon. She does not take the next step and does not draw the obvious conclusion that a similar but much more substantial effort is needed to rescue the world from quickly escalating climate threats that are unparalleled in human history.
Two countermeasures for halting climate change offer themselves. All carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion must be halted and excessive, accumulated carbon dioxide must be retrieved from the atmosphere. These two policies are the only viable countermeasures for halting climate changes. Ms. Beinecke does not make that call.
Implementing these policies will critically depend on new, transformational energy technologies. The world needs leaders, who are willing to respond to this historic challenge.
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