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Power of the People: America's New Electricity Choicesby Carol Sue Tombari
Synopses & Reviews
America is as addicted to electricity as it is to oil. Our electricity usage increases every year, yet we still use the same transmission grid that was constructed in the middle of the last century. The grid is stretched to the limit, creating the potential of future blackouts like the one that brought the Northeast to its knees in 2003. Meanwhile, some of our most abundant and affordable generating fuels have become major culprits in global warming. Power of the People explores in a nontechnical, conversational way some of the clean, green, 21st-century technologies that are available and how and why we should plug them into our national grid. This important essay explores our failure as a country to adopt these "no regrets" technologies and policies as swiftly as the rest of the world, and why it matters for the future of every American.
Book News Annotation:
The electricity infrastructure of the US is aging and based far too much on generating electricity with nonrenewable resources, according to Tombari (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US Department of Energy), but the good news is that alternative technologies that are both more efficient and better for the environment are already here. In this work she puts forth an argument for why we should be concerned with the situation and provides a general audience with a tour of the technologies to which we should transition: energy efficiency, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and (eventually) hydrogen fuel cells. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A look at our country's energy problems and the cleaner, 21st-century alternatives.
About the Author
Carol Sue Tombari has specialized in energy and environmental policy and programs for more than 25 years. She directed the State of Texas's energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, served as natural resources advisor to the lieutenant governor, and helped found the National Association of State Energy Officials.
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