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Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead in the New Global Economyby Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder
Synopses & Reviews
With other nations aggressively forging ahead in clean tech — including renewable energy, smart grid, electric vehicles, and green buildings — how can the United States position itself for success?
On its current path, the United States risks losing out on the most critical opportunity for job creation and global economic leadership in the 21st century. China is spending hundreds of billions on clean tech and is now the world leader in solar-panel and wind-turbine manufacturing. Germany plans to shutter all its nuclear power plants within a decade and build a new energy economy focused on renewables and efficiency. Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, India, and many others are also enthusiastically pursuing these burgeoning possibilities. If the U.S. is to remain dominant, as it has in the earlier high-tech and Internet revolutions, it needs to supercharge efforts at every level — in federal, state, and city governments, and in schools, small businesses, and large companies.
Industry experts Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder combine insightful analysis with lively storytelling to assess current clean-tech leaders worldwide, while highlighting front-running U.S. cities and states. Offering a Seven-Point Action Plan for Repowering America — with such controversial steps as ending all energy subsidies within ten years, launching a national smart infrastructure bank, and creating a new breed of clean-tech investment tools modeled on the oil and gas industries — Clean Tech Nation sounds a compelling and achievable call to action.
"In this follow-up to their 2007 book, The Clean Tech Revolution, clean energy experts Pernick and Wilder are clearly glass half-full kind of guys, and readers inclined to optimism about the future will find much encouraging material. However, Pernick and Wilder offer precious little to convert pessimists, whether about the merits of the numerous proposals to use energy more cleanly and efficiently, or the ability of the federal government to get meaningful things done. Mixing anecdotes, facts, and charts with trenchant analysis, the authors point out, for example, how energy independence for the U.S., both as a national security issue and an economic one, should be supported, even by skeptics. Many fascinating innovations are underway, including the development of smart electrical grids, which by providing consumers detailed analytics about their electrical consumption, enable households to save 1.5% — 3.5% per month (a modest number until the impact of applying such technology nationwide is projected at total savings of billion per year). As fascinating as this survey of the current state of play is, the authors don't quite end up justifying the book's subtitle; to the contrary, they cite a Thomas Friedmanesque flat world to suggest that clean technology breakthroughs will 'bloom in a thousand places,' rather than depending on one dominant superpower. Agent: Riverside Creative Management. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Five years ago, Pernick and Wilder predicted a clean-energy revolution. Today, that revolution is already underway — but without an aggressive energy strategy, America's leadership will falter. The action plan in this book is just what the country needs, and Pernick and Wilder are expert guides once again." John Podesta, Chair and Counselor, Center for American Progress, Former White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton
"Pernick and Wilder powerfully articulate the trends and developments reshaping the clean-tech landscape and provide both compelling and comprehensive solutions. They intelligently lay out what's needed next, offering controversial yet reconcilable steps to enable profound progress in the U.S." John Hofmeister, Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy, Former President, Shell Oil Company
"Bursting with data, case studies, and market insights, Clean Tech Nation is must reading for business leaders, investors, policymakers, scholars, environmental advocates, and anyone else who cares about America's energy and environmental future." Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University, Author of Green to Gold
"If the U.S. wants to maintain its status as the world's leading economy it must put a stake in the ground for the clean tech sector. Here, the authors describe how the U.S. can seize this opportunity to lead, create jobs, and be an innovation engine." Bill Ritter, Former Governor, Colorado, Director, Center for the New Energy Economy
"Too many are giving up on the U.S.'s critical role in building a clean-tech future. Against this backdrop, Clean Tech Nation makes an effective case for U.S. leadership and a path to get there." Mark Vachon, Vice President of GE, Ecomagination
"A new sustainable economy is unfolding rapidly around the world, led by forward-looking companies, governments, and individuals. Here, Pernick and Wilder offer a clear, compelling, and inspiring path for the U.S. to seize the reins of this once-in-a-generation business opportunity." L. Hunter Lovins, President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, Coauthor of Climate Capitalism
"This book conveys an insightful insider's view of renewable energy and clean-tech markets, industry, finance, and policy in a way that will leave the reader with a deeper understanding of how this revolution happened and where it must go next." Michael T. Eckhart, Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance for Citi Corporate and Investment Banking
"Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder have created a compelling vision for a Clean Tech Nation and a roadmap for creating it, even as they surprise and delight readers with a rich account of progress already achieved. I salute their unique combination of technical savvy, practical sense, and imperishable enthusiasm." Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director for National Resources Defense Council
"Clean tech is growing up. In Clean Tech Nation, Pernick and Wilder take an important look at the industry's challenging adolescent years and what it will take, in terms of both public and private action, to reach a successful adulthood - financially and societally." Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy
"Clean Tech Nation dares to imagine a country in which bipartisanship reigns, green energy is our nation's greatest national resource, and our competitive edge in the global economy is restored." President Bill Clinton
"Clean Tech Nation makes a compelling case not only for why the U.S. needs to focus on smart policies to drive clean-tech leadership, but how. The authors' action plan can help unleash America's innovative energy and ensure that we don't cede this trillion-dollar opportunity to other nations." Rick Needham, Director, Energy & Sustainability, Google
From Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder, the authors of Clean Tech Revolution, comes the next definitive book on the Clean Tech industry. In Clean Tech Nation, they shine a light on the leaders at the forefront of the growing movement. USA Today called Pernick and Wilder's groundbreaking first book, "one of the few instances in this genre that shows the green movement not in heartstring terms but as economically profitable." Clean Tech Nation expands on their original idea to provide concrete analysis on the efforts of the U.S. and other countries in this area, and provides a clear way forward for the U.S. so that it can lead the pack as it competes with the rest of the world.
About the Author
Ron Pernick is cofounder and managing director of Clean Edge, a clean-tech research and publishing firm that produces reports, events, and stock indexes. He also lectures at Portland State University.
Clint Wilder, contributing editor at Clean Edge, has covered the high-tech and clean-tech industries as a business journalist for more than two decades. Both authors are frequent speakers at industry events.
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