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Power to the People: How the Coming Energy Revolution Will Transform an Industry, Change Our Lives, and Maybe Even Save the Planet

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A guided tour of a revolution in the making that promises to change our lives

Global warming, rolling black outs, massive tanker spills, oil dependence: our profligate ways have doomed us to suffer such tragedies, right? Perhaps, but Vijay Vaitheeswaran, the energy and environment correspondent for The Economist, sees great opportunity in the energy realm today, and Power to the People is his fiercely independent and irresistibly entertaining look at the economic, political, and technological forces that are reshaping the world's management of energy resources. In it, he documents an energy revolution already underway--a revolution as radical as the communications revolution of the past decades.

From the corporate boardroom of a Texas oil titan who denies the reality of global warming to a think tank nestled in the Rocky Mountains where a visionary named Amory Lovins is developing the kind of hydrogen fuel-cell technology that could make the internal combustion engine obsolete, Vaitheeswaran gamely pursues the people who hold the keys to our future. Man's quest for energy is insatiable. It is also essential. By avoiding the traditional binaries that pit free markets against the wisdom of conservation and the need for clean energy, Power to the People is a book that debunks myths without debunking hope.

Review:

"Lucid and entertaining... informative and insightful." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Written for the intelligent layperson, Vaitheeswaran's book is by far the most helpful, entertaining, up-to-date and accessible treatment of the energy-economy-environment problematique available." John P. Holdren, Scientific American

Review:

"Vaitheeswaran brings both journalistic pizzazz and a commonsensical questioning of the claims of those vested in the oil-consuming status quo and of moral preeners among environmentalists." Booklist

Book News Annotation:

The energy debate typically consists of three camps who alternately argue that energy security is not necessary to worry about, that it is a threat but it can be addressed through developing non-OPEC sources of oil, or that it can only be addressed through conservation measures. The contending "relax, keep pumping, and ride your bicycle" camps all get it wrong, argues Vaitheeswaran (the energy and environmental correspondent for The Economist). The solution to energy security, he believes, lies in the promotion of fuel cells and other technologies that will be unleashed by liberalized market forces, leading to a world in which micropower will be the number one source of energy for households and industry.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

An energy and environment correspondent for The Economist sees great opportunity in the energy realm today, and this is his fiercely independent and irresistibly entertaining look at the economic, political, and technological forces that are reshaping the world's management of energy resources.

Synopsis:

"By far the most helpful, entertaining, up-to-date and accessible treatment of the energy-economy-environment problematique available." --John P. Holdren, Scientific American

A fiercely independent and irresistibly entertaining look at the economic, political and technological forces that are reshaping the world's management of energy resources, Power to the People has been hailed as "as good a manifesto for the new energy world as you will find." (Fred Pearce, New Scientist). The Economist's Environment and Energy correspondent, Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran sees great opportunity in the energy realm today, and he documents an energy revolution already under way.

From the corporate boardroom of a Texas oil titan who denies the reality of global warming, to a think tank nestled in the Rocky Mountains where a visionary named Amory Lovins is developing hydrogen fuel-cell technology that could make the internal combustion engine obsolete, Vaitheeswaran gamely pursues the people who hold the keys to our future. Avoiding the traditional divide that pits free markets against the wisdom of conservation and the need for clean energy, Power to the People debunks myths without debunking hope.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [343]-346) and index.

About the Author

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is The Economist's Environment and Energy Correspondent, covering developments in politics, economics, business, and technology as they relate to energy issues. He has received awards for his journalism, and previously wrote about Latin America as the magazine's regional bureau chief in Mexico City. Born in Madras, India, he grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut and graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering. He now lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction : the coming energy revolution — Market forces : the invisible hand ascendant. Micropower: Thomas Edison's dream revived — Enron vs. Exxon, or, the sleeping giants awaken — Why California went B.A.N.A.N.A.s — Oil, the most dangerous addiction — Environmental pressures : the green dilemma. Welcome to global weirding — Clearing the air — Adam Smith meets Rachel Carson — Energy technology : bigger than the Internet. The future of fuel cells — Rocket science saves the oil industry — A renaissance for nuclear power? — Micropower meets village power — Epilogue : the future's a gas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374236755
Author:
Vaitheeswaran, Vijay
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author:
Vaitheeswaran, Vijay V.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Energy
Subject:
Power Resources
Subject:
Government & Business
Subject:
Hydrogen as fuel
Subject:
Industries - Energy Industries
Subject:
Government - State & Provincial
Subject:
Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
#174
Publication Date:
20050103
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes Notes, a Bibliography, and an I
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.85 x 5.91 x 1.115 in

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Product details 368 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374236755 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Lucid and entertaining... informative and insightful."
"Review" by , "Written for the intelligent layperson, Vaitheeswaran's book is by far the most helpful, entertaining, up-to-date and accessible treatment of the energy-economy-environment problematique available."
"Review" by , "Vaitheeswaran brings both journalistic pizzazz and a commonsensical questioning of the claims of those vested in the oil-consuming status quo and of moral preeners among environmentalists."
"Synopsis" by , An energy and environment correspondent for The Economist sees great opportunity in the energy realm today, and this is his fiercely independent and irresistibly entertaining look at the economic, political, and technological forces that are reshaping the world's management of energy resources.
"Synopsis" by ,
"By far the most helpful, entertaining, up-to-date and accessible treatment of the energy-economy-environment problematique available." --John P. Holdren, Scientific American

A fiercely independent and irresistibly entertaining look at the economic, political and technological forces that are reshaping the world's management of energy resources, Power to the People has been hailed as "as good a manifesto for the new energy world as you will find." (Fred Pearce, New Scientist). The Economist's Environment and Energy correspondent, Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran sees great opportunity in the energy realm today, and he documents an energy revolution already under way.

From the corporate boardroom of a Texas oil titan who denies the reality of global warming, to a think tank nestled in the Rocky Mountains where a visionary named Amory Lovins is developing hydrogen fuel-cell technology that could make the internal combustion engine obsolete, Vaitheeswaran gamely pursues the people who hold the keys to our future. Avoiding the traditional divide that pits free markets against the wisdom of conservation and the need for clean energy, Power to the People debunks myths without debunking hope.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [343]-346) and index.
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