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The Plot to save the Planet: How Visionary Entrepreneurs and Corporate Titans Are Creating Real Solutions to Global Warmingby Brian Dumaine
Synopses & Reviews
American entrepreneurs, corporate tycoons, and financiers are plotting what they do best—creating new industries that change the world and making billions in the process—a plot that will ultimately save the planet.
The Plot to Save the Planet is an illuminating and inspiring look at the “conspiracy” to make green technology the Silicon Valley of the twenty-first century—the creator of massive numbers of jobs and huge amounts of wealth. Suddenly, the ugly mudslinging between environmentalists and big business has abated, and these two previously opposed forces are now strange bedfellows in a race to head off climate change.
How is this new frontier being shaped? Brian Dumaine is your guide in this intriguing look into the very near future filled with colorful and informative stories about the entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate mavericks who are managing to pull off the feat of combining economic growth and environmental protection to battle global warming. You’ll read about:
• The savvy investors: Why Warren Buffett is investing heavily in wind power; and why John Doerr, the venture capitalist and early backer of Google, is saying that “green tech is bigger than the Internet and could be the biggest economic opportunity of the twenty-first century.”
• The cars of the future: The competitively priced plug-in hybrids that will get 60 miles to the gallon, and the battle being waged by fifteen start-ups competing to capture the electric car market.
• The fuels without fossils: New sources of energy from plants such as prairie grass and algae that could capture a big chunk of the $300 billion U.S. wholesale gasoline market.
• The corporate mavericks: Companies such as Duke Energy and GE who are creating the low-carbon business models of the future, as well as cleaner ways to provide our power needs.
• The energy-miser homes and buildings: The new Bank of America Tower in New York City and the green low- and middle-income homes being constructed by visionaries who were told it couldn’t be done and still be affordable.
• The “thin film” solar energy: How it is making the cost of heating a home comparable to traditional methods without emitting greenhouse gas.
Plenty of obstacles still exist—among them resistance from the rich and powerful owners of the world’s oil supply, developing nations such as China with their reliance on coal, and an American public reluctant to give up their McMansions, SUVs, and extreme air-conditioning. But the battle cry has been sounded. The green overhaul of the utility, energy, construction, shipping, and automobile industries is well on its way and—contrary to prevailing fears—the ultimate solutions will sustain the environment without demanding huge sacrifices to our contemporary comforts and lifestyles.
In this refreshing, unusual, and innovative look at the environment, Dumaine offers an insightful character-driven account of green technology, the fortunes it will create, and the players preparing to win it all.
Examines the possibilities of green technology and the business opportunities available in the field to explain how eco-friendly scientific breakthroughs will become the most lucrative industry of the twenty-first century.
About the Author
BRIAN DUMAINE is the editorial director of Fortune Small Business. Prior to that he was the international editor and assistant managing editor of Fortune magazine. Over his twenty-eight-year career at Time Inc. he has written or edited hundreds of cover and feature stories and devoted much of his editorial energies to environmental issues and the rapid rise of the green movement and its impact on capital markets, corporations, and executive thinking.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Plotters : racing to create the green wealth machine — Big energy : we can put sea walls around New York — Green is the color of growth : nothing happens without money — How less is more : a radical business model for fighting global warming — High-rises and low-rises : creating green working and living spaces — The car you are driving was designed by a madman — Fuel without the fossils — The carbon-muncher : the blooming of algae — Big sun — Strange bedfellows : the rebirth of nuclear power — A mighty wind : but, please, NIMBY — Arnie and Mike : grassroots green — The high cost of doing nothing — Conclusion: At the crossroad.
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