wake of Hurricane Katrina, Al Gore’s summer blockbuster "An
Inconvenient Truth", and crude oil prices soaring to all-time highs,
more people than ever know the truth about our oil addiction. Global
warming is here. M. King Hubbert’s oil peak is fast
approaching (or may already have arrived). The secret’s out:
fossil fuel reserves are dwindling and popular interest has created the
need for accessible, realistic solutions.
Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook, a clear-eyed view of the
critical situation we face, offers ways out. Greg Pahl examines energy
technologies currently available and homes in on renewable energy
strategies that can be adopted by individuals and communities. Such
cooperative initiatives have been common in Europe for years and are
beginning to gain a foothold in the US. Each chapter focuses on a
different renewable energy category—solar, wind, water,
biomass, liquid biofuels, and geothermal—then reviews their
advantages and disadvantages and desccribes numerous examples of
successful, proven local initiatives.
Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook is an eloquent appeal for
community and regional action to initiate an array of solutions to
energy needs until now controlled by large, distant utilities and
consortiums. It is time to take back control of the energy and
environmental challenges ahead; this book will help people do just
that. It is a handbook for anyone ready to take the first steps towards
a more sustainable future.
Solutions to a Global Crisis
by Greg Pahl
Green Publishing, 2007.