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Energy Autonomy: The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy

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"Scheer does not agree that the hurdles to implementing renewable energy are technological or economic, and since he has helped shape policies that make cloudy Germany the world leader in solar and wind power installations, he has experience to back his claims. The main hurdles are political. The energy industry has too much power over the mindset of politicians and investors, who are too concerned with the current price of energy without regard to environmental damages or the future supply of fossil fuels. He advocates a shift in thinking that would allow for a substitution of technology costs for fuel costs." April Placencia, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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The new book from the internationally renowned author of The Solar Economy and A Solar Manifesto, and named one of Time Magazine's Heroes of the Green Century. For 200 years industrial civilization has relied on the combustion of abundant and cheap carbon fuels. But continued reliance has lead to perilous consequences. On the one hand, the insecurity of relying on the world's most unstable region — he Middle East — compounded by the imminence of Peak Oil, growing scarcity, and mounting prices. Yet there is an answer: to make the transition to renewable sources of energy and to distributed, decentralized energy generation. It is a model that has been proven, technologically, commercially and politically, as Scheer comprehensively demonstrates. He shows that the widely advocated return to nuclear power is compromised and illusory. The energy autonomy route does not just avoid the harm from following business-as-usual, but also offers enormous additional positive benefits. Whole new industries will be created to stimulate the global economy and two billion people, who don't receive electricity now, will have access to it. The advantages are so clear and so overwhelming that resistance to them needs diagnosis, which Scheer also provides, showing why and how entrenched interests oppose the transition and what must be done to overcome these obstacles.

Review:

"Hermann Scheer has taken aim against a number of our planet's Goliaths all at once. The world needs pioneers like him." Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

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"Scheer's book is a political and programmatic statement backed by sound science. It meticulously calculates the feasibility of shifting to renewable energy....Achieving energy autonomy is, not least of all, a matter of waging peace." Die Zeit

Review:

"Since 1980 this SPD politician has made a name for himself as a scrappy champion of a 'solar energy age'....Where the energy business and energy policy are concerned, Scheer is one of Germany's most knowledgeable politicians." Financial Times Deutschland

Synopsis:

The new book from the internationally renowned author of The Solar Economy and A Solar Manifesto, and winner of Time Magazine's "50 Heroes of the Green Century"

Synopsis:

For 200 years industrial civilization has relied on the combustion of abundant and cheap carbon fuels. But continued reliance has had perilous consequences. On the one hand there is the insecurity of relying on the world's most unstable region (the Middle East) compounded by the imminence of peak oil, growing scarcity and mounting prices. On the other, the potentially cataclysmic consequences of continuing to burn fossil fuels, as the evidence of accelerating climate change shows.

Yet there is a solution: to make the transition to renewable sources of energy and distributed, decentralized energy generation. It is a model that has been proven, technologically, commercially and politically, as Scheer comprehensively demonstrates here. The alternative of a return to nuclear power (again being widely advocated) he shows to be compromised and illusory.

The advantages of renewable energy are so clear and so overwhelming that resistance to them needs diagnosis, which Scheer also provides, showing why and how entrenched interests oppose the transition and what must be done to overcome these obstacles.

About the Author

Hermann Scheer is a member of the German Bundestag (Parliament) and President of EUROSOLAR, the European organization for renewable energies. In a career devoted to the replacement of nuclear and fossil fuels with environmentally sound energy sources, Dr Scheer has received numerous awards, including the World Solar Prize and the Alternative Nobel Prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844073559
Author:
Scheer, Hermann
Publisher:
Earthscan Publications
Subject:
Energy
Subject:
Power Resources
Subject:
Energy policy
Subject:
Energy industries
Subject:
Environmental Engineering & Technology
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Power Resources - General
Subject:
Energy-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
February 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
310
Dimensions:
8.85x5.62x1.18 in. 1.10 lbs.

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"Review A Day" by , "Scheer does not agree that the hurdles to implementing renewable energy are technological or economic, and since he has helped shape policies that make cloudy Germany the world leader in solar and wind power installations, he has experience to back his claims. The main hurdles are political. The energy industry has too much power over the mindset of politicians and investors, who are too concerned with the current price of energy without regard to environmental damages or the future supply of fossil fuels. He advocates a shift in thinking that would allow for a substitution of technology costs for fuel costs." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Hermann Scheer has taken aim against a number of our planet's Goliaths all at once. The world needs pioneers like him."
"Review" by , "Scheer's book is a political and programmatic statement backed by sound science. It meticulously calculates the feasibility of shifting to renewable energy....Achieving energy autonomy is, not least of all, a matter of waging peace."
"Review" by , "Since 1980 this SPD politician has made a name for himself as a scrappy champion of a 'solar energy age'....Where the energy business and energy policy are concerned, Scheer is one of Germany's most knowledgeable politicians."
"Synopsis" by , The new book from the internationally renowned author of The Solar Economy and A Solar Manifesto, and winner of Time Magazine's "50 Heroes of the Green Century"
"Synopsis" by , For 200 years industrial civilization has relied on the combustion of abundant and cheap carbon fuels. But continued reliance has had perilous consequences. On the one hand there is the insecurity of relying on the world's most unstable region (the Middle East) compounded by the imminence of peak oil, growing scarcity and mounting prices. On the other, the potentially cataclysmic consequences of continuing to burn fossil fuels, as the evidence of accelerating climate change shows.

Yet there is a solution: to make the transition to renewable sources of energy and distributed, decentralized energy generation. It is a model that has been proven, technologically, commercially and politically, as Scheer comprehensively demonstrates here. The alternative of a return to nuclear power (again being widely advocated) he shows to be compromised and illusory.

The advantages of renewable energy are so clear and so overwhelming that resistance to them needs diagnosis, which Scheer also provides, showing why and how entrenched interests oppose the transition and what must be done to overcome these obstacles.

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