Synopses & Reviews
In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Lester Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The world faces many environmental trends of disruption and decline, including rising temperatures and spreading water shortage. In addition to these looming threats, we face the peaking of oil, annual population growth of 70 million, a widening global economic divide, and a growing list of failing states. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent
With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues overly long. In Plan B 3.0, Lester R. Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
"[Brown's] ability to make a complicated subject accessible to the general reader is remarkable."--Katherine Salant,
"How to build a more just world and save the planet....We should all heed Brown's advice."'"Bill Clinton
As fossil fuel prices rise, oil insecurity deepens, and concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging. Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are replacing oil, coal, and natural gas, at a pace and on a scale we could not have imagined even a year ago. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, we have begun investing in energy sources that can last forever. explores both the nature of this transition to a new energy economy and how it will affect our daily lives.
About the Author
Lester R. Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, is one of the world"s most widely published authors, with books in more than forty languages. A MacArthur Fellow, he lives in Washington, DC.