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Energy Autonomy: The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy 1st Edition
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Hermann Scheer is essentially the architect of the shift in Germany--and because of his success, the role model of the planned shift of EU-- toward renewable energy. His latest book is well-written, dense, and compelling. He sums up the major crises arising from dependency on fossil fuels without pulling any punches. He also offers a solution--not one that is simply a theory, an abstract, but one based on policy he has fought for decades to implement and that has begun to be implemented in recent years with great, if hard-won success. He argues that the shift to a 100% renewable energy society is necessary now and possible now. He lays out in detail the historical, present, and probable future obstacles to that happening and calls for a summoning of political and societal courage. He has earned the right--as he has walked the talk.
Thanks to this book, I am much more optimistic about the energy future for humanity, although there are huge political barriers to overcome, as the lobbyists working for the oil and nuclear industries will never give up their belittling the potential role of renewable energy, and gun-shy governments are fearful of the consequences of cutting off the huge subsidies to the fossil energy industry.
This book is not just for policy wonks, renewable energy advocates, green investors and environmentalists. But the book is also very approachable for those with less background in the science, technology and politics of renewable energy. If you have never heard the term, 'distributed generation' you should read this book because you will find it fascinating. If you already find distributed generation fascinating, YOU MUST read this book because YOU WILL LOVE IT.
But Hermann Scheer explains very well why communities needs to get more independent regarding energy production and what options are available to get there.
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For anybody concerned about the future of this planet who wants to do something about it. Beautifully written and full of insight and analyses.Published on March 24, 2014 by Merete Christensen
Hermann Scheer is the man. Book is well written, easy to read if your relatively smart. I plan on reading his other books as well.Published on July 6, 2013 by Cartman
This is an exciting read. Full of facts about current problems, but also with suggested solutions to these problems. Those solutions are then carefully outlined. Mr. Read morePublished on July 7, 2008 by Thrainn Gudbjornsson
Hermann Scheer's book is not as much about energy autonomy as it is about battling the fossil fuel and nuclear energy industries. Read morePublished on May 25, 2007 by Stephen C. Baer