From the Author
For the last half century the United States has been the acknowledged leader of the free world, especially in scientific and technological innovation. In recent decades, however, it appears that America has stumbled badly in one area: the quest for clean reliable energy. Other nations around the world have seized the initiative, announcing bold alternative energy programs. But they too are finding the path to a secure energy future difficult and fraught with hazards.
Your authors are both products of the latter half of the 20th century--an age when American ingenuity and optimism knew no bounds. We have watched with increasing concern as belief in progress has waned, both in the US and around the world. The future is now looked upon by many with fear and trepidation. The technology that has served us so well is now suspect, the energy that powers our factories and lights our cities viewed by many as a curse that is destroying nature and may even lead to our own destruction. The belief that each succeeding generation would enjoy a better quality of life than their parents has been called into question.
At the heart of this wave of lowered expectations and self loathing there is a growing problem, the shortfall between energy supplies and demand--an ever widening energy gap. And this is not just an American problem, every nation on Earth is scrambling to secure the energy their citizens require. At the same time, anti-globalization protesters, ecological activists, United Nations bureaucrats and meddling politicians are all using fear of climate change and the hunt for clean energy as a way to pursue their private agendas. In The Energy Gap, we will reveal where the problem lies and how to move forward to a safe, secure, and ecologically sound energy future using proven technology we already possess.
About the Author
Authors Doug L. Hoffman and Allen Simmons both have strong backgroundsin science and computer modeling. Hoffman has a PhD in Computer Sciencefrom the U. of North Carolina where he did research in MolecularDynamics Simulations and high-speed comparison methods for RNA, DNA andprotein sequences. Currently he serves as senior grid architect for amajor IP company and as an adjunct Professor of Computer Science at U.of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College. Simmons has a BSEE from U. ofMiami and wrote the computer systems software for the world¿s firstweather satellites-TIROS-Television/Infra-Red Observation Satellite.After TIROS, he spent 12 years working with scientists and engineers onNIMBUS weather satellites which collected meteorological, atmospheric,geological, and oceanographic data. NIMBUS had a profound impact onknowledge of Earth¿s dynamic behavior. On the island of St. Croix, USVI, Simmons and Hoffman developed a computer system to track objects atgreat ocean depths.