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Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America from the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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What one change could preserve democracy, increase national security, reduce health care costs, increase business output, and improve public health? U.S. Congressman and renewable energy engineer McNerney (of Pleasanton, Calif.), with tech journalist Cheek, cover the history and future with fossil fuels, illustrating the enormous potential of renewable energy-including solar, wind, biomass, nuclear, geothermal, water, and hydrogen-to head off a grim fate for Western civilization, from diminishing food supplies to setbacks in education. With milestones including 75 percent energy independence from OPEC by 2020, the authors compare their goal to the American Revolution in importance and scope, but never grow sanctimonious. In measured language, this volume reviews current, past and future U.S. policy, as well as renewable energy projects and goals around the world, concluding with concrete suggestions for implementing clean energy (including education, international partnerships and financing). Addressing skeptics, the authors question whether "our nation's free market system truly benefits by providing petroleum companies with substantial financial subsidies," and make a convincing case for other arrangements.
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Not surprising for a member of Congress whose credentials include a career in renewable energy engineering, McNerney, with veteran journalist Cheek, frames his arguments regarding our current energy crisis in historical terms. Not since the American Revolution has this country faced such an overwhelming challenge to break the bonds of dependency. Only this time, our reliance is on foreign oil, and our failure to achieve energy independence could have consequences as dire as anything the emerging nation faced in 1776. Reviewing the sequence of events that have contributed to the present situation, the authors explore options for replacing fossil fuels, and examine how the responsibility for sustainability falls to diverse areas both in the government and private sectors. Frequently spinning scenarios that illustrate an Armageddon that could befall the nation should it fail to reverse current trends, the authors nevertheless ultimately paint a hopeful picture for the future based on contemporary successes, outlining steps necessary for progress, including the development of funding resources and structured timetables. --Carol Haggas
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The book points out the importance of improving education in math and science. Global warming has become somewhat of a political football which couldn't have happened if the electorate (and politicians) were more knowledgable about math and science. This problem should never have become politicized. Global warming has already started to have a serious impact, and it will become much worse if something isn't done to reduce greenhouse gasses.
Included in the book is a list of suggested reading which is very helpful.
I enthusiastically recommend that everyone read this book, and it's especially important that all members of The Congress read this book.
The author is a Congressman so politics are a part of the book.
Environment should not be a political issue. It just seems obvious. We should not destroy the planet. It should be the common goal that unites.
I smiled at the bumper sticker - "Earth First - We can destroy the other planets later". Of course it was on an SUV.
The book covers the history and stats of climate change. McNerney is a politician so he delves into the politics(which are appalling). He has a good chapter on Hubbard's peak( the time when we hit peak oil production).
There is a great chapter on energy and national security.
I also liked the chapter on public health. Over 50% of US electricity is produced by coal.
What I have learned is people are primarily economic driven - not "feel good" or "social good". This means for true change to happen, there needs to be the right policy. Tax energy use - do not subsidize it. I am discouraged by US politics and worry that no politician will be brave enough to do the right thing for the environment.
His prognosis is scary if we do not fix policy and the environment.
It is a worthwhile book. Read it.
Clean Energy Nation
AMACOM, ISBN 978-8144-1372-2
Non-Fiction-environment, global warming, climate change
October 2010 Review for Bookpleasures
Reviewer-Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM
Doctor McNerney, co-author of Clean Energy Nation, was a congressman for California from 2008 until 2010. (2011, p.309) While acting in that position he was a member of the House committee on Science, Space, and Technology; the Subcommittee on energy and the environment; and Subcommittee on Investigation and Oversight. Doctor McNerney is a native of New Mexico and graduate from the University of New Mexico. He has worked in the energy field for our government, consulted for other organizations in the specific area of wind energy. He and his family now call California home. McNerney is author of many unpublished novels and several published articles on wind energy and other technical topics.
Co-author of Clean energy Nation, Martin cheek wrote for newspapers and magazines for twenty years or more. (2011, p.310) He has penned over 1,000 articles that have been syndicated across the globe. Martin is a Californian and enjoys participating with many non-profits that help shape the direction of his community at large. He currently writes travel articles for the website www.Homes&Abroad.com.
As a people we should be concerned about depleting our natural resources and leaving the world a better place for future generations. Back as far as 1956, Doctor Hubbert (2011, p.12) attempted to calculate and project our oil production into the future. His best guestimates were based upon oil reserves in the area of 150 - 200 billion barrels and suggested that oil production would peak about 1965 to 1971 and then begin to decline. (p.13) Many energy experts believe Hubbert's estimates were spot on given the information he had to use in his calculations, but feel it could be refined with the better data available today.
There are many other methods for procuring petroleum or other materials that could be used for energy production that have been gaining momentum. Currently, the USA uses 21 billion barrels of oil per day, yet has only 4 % of the population. (2011, p.17) China and India make up almost 1/3 of the world's population and are using more and more oil each year. This increase in population combined with more petroleum demand is bound to create some changes in the chemistry of our earth's atmosphere. ( p.20) Scientists in the 1980's determined that the sunlight reaching the earth was getting slimmer. As time goes by, competition for such resources will increase and the plight of our world as we know it will become more in peril. Therefore, it is critical that we, as a global environment, pursue other, more sustainable alternatives for fuel and energy sooner rather than later.
According to the authors, (2011, p.49.) "The amount of sunshine striking the surface of our planet annually provides more than 10,000 times the amount of energy that all humanity can use in a year...Solar energy makes up less than 1 percent of the world's production of power." For decades we have tapped into the sun's rays to heat water in swimming pools and homes. McNerney and Martin (p.51) state that we could..."use the sun to provide a free and steady source of energy." They also believe that there are serious drawbacks to that use, most importantly..."it is not yet cost-competitive with fossil-fuel energy." And "...depends on the seasonal climate and weather of a location." (p.53)
"The United States today gets a little over 1 percent of its electric power supplied by wind energy." (2011, p.55) There is no pollution from wind production and it is free to harvest. The downside of wind power is that it is inconsistent. There are areas across the USA experimenting with wind power that can, and do, help offset energy produced from their regular power grids.
Water is another resource that has great potential to help us diminish our thirst for petroleum based energy. "About 24% of the world's electric power is currently produced by hydropower. In America, it makes up 12% of the generated electricity and equals 75% of all electricity generated by renewables." (2011, p.59)
These are not the only potential resources that could replace fossil fuel in our future. There is also, methane gas, corn and other by-products, used cooking oil, sugar cane, and more. With more emphasis placed on how we can become energy independent we could probably solve our energy problems and help keep our earth greener and cleaner. Doing so will take a concerted effort from leaders across America and the world, as well as, dedication from our top scientific and technological minds coupled with business organizations willing to let go of our old ways of doing things in order to move forward in meaningful sustainable ways that will make the world a more hospitable and healthier world for all to live in.