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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.)
by William Kamkwamba
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William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small... (read more)

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Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis
Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis
by Vandana Shiva
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With Soil Not Oil, Vandana Shiva connects the dots between industrial agriculture and climate change. Shiva shows that a world beyond dependence on fossil fuels and globalization is both possible and necessary. Condemning industrial agriculture as a... (read more)

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The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power
by Daniel Yergin
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Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by andlt;iandgt;Business Week andlt;/iandgt;and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yerginand#8217;s Pulitzer Prizeand#8211;winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been... (read more)

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Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology
Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology
by Alexis Madrigal
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Few today realize that Americas relationship with green technology is far from a recent development. The truth is Americans have been inventing green for more than a century. Powering the Dream tells the fascinating stories of the brilliant, often... (read more)

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Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future
Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future
by Robert Bryce
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The promise of "green jobs" and a "clean energy future" has roused the masses. But as Robert Bryce makes clear in this provocative book, that vision needs a major re-vision. We cannot--and will not--quit using carbon-based fuels at any time in the near... (read more)

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The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
by Daniel Yergin
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Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year. In this gripping account of the quest for the energy that our world needs, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Prize. A master... (read more)

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Secrets of Building an Alcohol Producing Still
Secrets of Building an Alcohol Producing Still
by Vincent R Gingery
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An intelligent person knows that hoarding gasoline is not a solution to fuel shortages. An intelligent person finds alternative solutions, and this machine is just such a solution. Instead of trying to stockpile gasoline, you can make your own... (read more)

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The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
by James Howard Kunstler
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James Howard Kunstler's The Long Emergency was an underground hit, going into nine printings of the hardcover edition. His shocking vision for our post-oil future caught the attention of environmentalists and business leaders and was the subject of much... (read more)

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Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World
Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World
by Richard Heinberg
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This stark look at prospects for a truly sustainable culture speaks frankly about how it is time to "Powerdown," or to reduce per-capita resource usage in wealthy countries, develop alternative energy sources, and much more.... (read more)

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Power to Save the World: The Truth about Nuclear Energy
Power to Save the World: The Truth about Nuclear Energy
by Gwyneth Cravens
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In this eye-opening work that is certain to spark debate and influence policy decisions that will affect generations to come, Cravens examines both sides of the controversial debate over nuclear energy, and seeks answers from a host of experts in... (read more)

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Viable Energy Now: When Energy, Economics, and Politics Converge
Viable Energy Now: When Energy, Economics, and Politics Converge
by Jacek Popiel
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Alternative energy is the current favorite buzzword among politicians and others, but we don't have a supportable and sustainable infrastructure to support it. Our political and economic systems are also too much in turmoil to be able to handle the... (read more)

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Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy
Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy
by Jay Inslee and Bracken Hendricks
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In 1961, President John F. Kennedy ignited America's Apollo Project and sparked a revolution in space exploration. Today the New Apollo Energy Project is poised to revolutionize the production of energy and thereby save our planet. The nation that built... (read more)

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Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities
Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities
by Peter Fox Penner
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A new national policy on climate change is under debate in the United States and is likely to result in a cap on greenhouse gas emissions for utilities. This and other developments will prompt utilities to undergo the largest changes in their history... (read more)

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Conservation Fallout: Nuclear Protest at Diablo Canyon
Conservation Fallout: Nuclear Protest at Diablo Canyon
by John Wills
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One of the most controversial atomic projects of the US nuclear industry during the 1960s and 1970s was the construction of a nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon, a relatively unsettled and biologically rich part of the central California coast... (read more)

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The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone
The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone
by Seamus Mcgraw
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Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis
Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis
by Richard Heinberg
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"Blackout is an important and timely book. In the form of this compact volume, one of the best and most productive peak oil authors working today has turned his customary scholarhsip, wisdom, wit and writing prowess to some of the most ciritical issues... (read more)

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Energy Independence: Your Everyday Guide to Reducing Fuel Consumption
Energy Independence: Your Everyday Guide to Reducing Fuel Consumption
by Christine Woodside
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Fossil fuels—oil, coal, and natural gas—make up 90 percent of the worlds energy sources. They provoke wars, make us ill, and endanger the planet. Theyre running out—and, in case you havent noticed, they cost a lot these days. Have you ever... (read more)

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Renewable Energy: Sources for Fuels and Electricity
Renewable Energy: Sources for Fuels and Electricity
by Thomas B Johansson
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Overall performance, cost, market potential, and environmental impact are assessed for fuels and electricity derived from hydroelectric, wind, photovoltaics, solar-thermal, geothermal, ocean and biomass energy sources. In addition, practical and specific... (read more)

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Atomic Awakening: A New Look at the History and Future of Nuclear Power
Atomic Awakening: A New Look at the History and Future of Nuclear Power
by James Mahaffey
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The American public's introduction to nuclear technology was manifested in destruction and death. With Hiroshima and the Cold War still ringing in our ears, our perception of all things nuclear is seen through the lens of weapons development. Nuclear... (read more)

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Powering the Future: How We Will (Eventually) Solve the Energy Crisis and Fuel the Civilization of Tomorrow
Powering the Future: How We Will (Eventually) Solve the Energy Crisis and Fuel the Civilization of Tomorrow
by Robert B Laughlin
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In Powering the Future, Nobel laureate Robert B. Laughlin transports us two centuries into the future, when we’ve ceased to use carbon from the ground—either because humans have banned carbon burning or because fuel has simply run out. Boldly,... (read more)

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