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Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How Paperback – Bargain Price, September 7, 2007

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WAR. TERRORISM. GLOBAL WARMING. LEAKING NUCLEAR WASTE DUMPS. HIGH OIL PRICES.
We are facing an international energy crisis of unprecedented proportion. The foreign policy of the United States is uncomfortably associated with our dependency on foreign oil. Carbon-based fuels are creating a greenhouse effect that is wreaking havoc around the world. Nuclear power is not only dangerous, but it is also not an economically feasible solution. The earth needs an answer and it needs one fast.
The answer for the energy crisis is in renewable resources. Solar and wind power, ethanol and other biofuels, geothermal energy, hydrogen, and other renewable resources will preserve life as we know it. The United States-indeed, every country in the world-needs to be able to produce, use, and store its own energy. There is no time to delay. The technology exists today to make substantial changes in our energy production and use. Long-time energy insider S. David Freeman challenges the United States and the world to create a high-energy global civilization where each nation has its own homegrown, carbon-free renewable source of energy. It is not a hope or a dream. Freeman explains how the combined action and voice of ordinary people can make a difference and can save the world from destruction.
Freeman has an answer to winning the energy war, and everyone should listen. s. david freeman has had the ear of federal officials since the days of JFK. He helped bring about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Nixon. He headed the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest nuclear program, under Jimmy Carter. From New York to Los Angeles, Freeman has headed agencies and utilities companies, continually working to make utilities more environmentally safe, more efficient, and more cost-friendly to the customer. He authored Energy: The New Era. He has three children and nine grandchildren. He is currently president of the commission overseeing the Port of Los Angeles and lives in neighboring Marina del Rey.
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s. david freeman has had the ear of federal officials since the days of JFK. He helped bring about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Nixon. He headed the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest nuclear program, under Jimmy Carter. From New York to Los Angeles, Freeman has headed agencies and utilities companies, continually working to make utilities more environmentally safe, more efficient, and more cost-friendly to the customer. He authored Energy: The New Era. He has three children and nine grandchildren. He is currently president of the commission overseeing the Port of Los Angeles and lives in neighboring Marina del Rey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (September 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423601564
  • ASIN: B003GAN328
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,588,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The United States has a lot to learn from the rest of the world."

Bold and true. No one convinced Freeman it is polite to lie in order for America appear good. No one convinced Freeman it is for Americans to drive SUVs everywhere just because they need to express freedom. One can express freedom by farting out loud in a cafeteria, but I wouldn't be proud if I did it. I would be embarrassed. No one convinced Freeman that by holding onto your arrogance and downright stupidity that one shows a measure of authority necessary to keep the world in line. No one convinced Freeman it is necessary for troops to die in Iraq so that their deaths would not be in futility, and that this simpleton logic deserves no further exploration. Freeman is not convinced that America is not above learning. Freeman thinks America will actually benefit from learning. If one is so smart to be beyond all help then don't bother reading this book.

In the last three years there have been many books on the subject of energy independence, and while there is some agreement there are also distinctions. Freeman's positions are pro-Hydrogen, pro-Lithium, and anti-nuclear. Freeman will admit that Hydrogen fuel cells need work, but believes that work here will be worth the effort. I'm not sure how hydrogen fuel cells will work in a place like Phoenix if there are 2 million cars on the road giving off water vapor when it is 120 degrees in the shade. Water vapor emissions will cause an increase in humidity and also increases temperature as it is a strong greenhouse gas until it precipitates. Hydrogen is not ready for the market. Hydrogen needs a good deal of work to make it inexpensive for manufacture and available to the public.

While I like Richardson's plan, I welcome discussion of Freeman as it has become well beyond time to get on with a new energy plan for America. Let's stop taking down the solar panels from the White House and do something right for a change.
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Freeman lays out the actions that America--make that the world--needs to take. That is, if we plan to get on the right side of climate change!!

His sense of wit and his common speak make the book readable for everyone, and at times, down right hilarious. If the book was required reading for all government and electric utility employees, not to mention citizens, the US might actually get off its dangerous diet of fossil and nuclear fuels.

As an aside, I read a negative review of the book on Amazon, but must inform the person who posted it that they are technically wrong. Power IS calculated to consumers on a Cents-Per-Kilowatt-Hour-Basis, and it is NOT uncommon for large amounts of power to be defined in millions of kilo-watt or mega-watt hours. The other remarks were not understandable or overly political. Like my mother used to say, "Don't trust an ideologue that has their facts mixed up."
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No one is better at laying out the big picture more clearly than Freeman. In this case, the big picture is the future of energy. Read this book if you are confused or overwhelmed by all the information coming at you about wind, solar, coal and the the range of energy technologies that each purport to be the next answer to our problems. In a sobering yet hopeful way, Freeman cuts through the noise and reminds us that there are many very real options available today which, when combined, can move us forward toward a clean and sustainable energy future.
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Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How by S. David Freeman is an excellent book by an expert. It is an apolitical pragmatic argument for how and why the USA should change our energy use from fossil fuels to renewables. Freeman spent decades rescuing power companies and improving their efficiency. If the guy called in to save failing power companies says making them greener saves them, we should probably listen. Freeman certainly has more accurate and thorough knowledge than the people claiming we can't afford to move to renewable energy. He provides a good critique of the distorted system that has led to current inefficiencies.

"... efficiency and renewables are cheaper even on the misleading pricing system we use. If we consider--and we must--the health costs of air pollution, the proliferation and radiation risks of nuclear, and the health and global warming costs of coal, it is a no-brainer."

Now that sustainable energy is economical--but still little used--Freeman proposes using subsidies to jump-start their implementation. He proposes a workable solution that will make the world a better place as well as saving money over the long term. I agree with Freeman's assessment of the situation and the end results of his proposed solution. I don't like all the details of his proposed solution, but it is probably more likely to happen than my preferred answer of removing the existing subsides to dirty power. The existing subsidies probably won't be removed, so this is a more pragmatic, less idealistic solution.

In addition to the solution provided, I like that Freeman provides some numbers to go with statements I have heard from other sources.
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This is an excellent and very readable description of how we can make the change to a renewable clean energy future by someone who has been in the forefront of the power generation process for many decades. It should be required reading for any educational settting where energy and national security issues are studied. There is an energy future for the planet that can prevent predicted catastophic climate change, and that future can be NOW if we follow the pathway described in this book. Read and discuss with your kids too!
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