Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy by Jay Inslee

By Jay Inslee

Congressman Inslee is a full-time elected consultant with a historical past in economics and legislations, so we predict a ebook written by means of him to stress economics and public coverage, and to be vulnerable on technology. nonetheless, he can have sought out assistance on science.

His ebook in basic terms helps well known options to the climate-change challenge and disdains unpopular ones, and he by no means tests the information. for instance, he proposes to exchange fuel with cellulosic ethanol made up of switchgrass. He issues to courses that promise salubrious effects and does not point out that cellulosic ethanol hasn't ever been proven to be sensible. he is definite that compressed air may shop adequate power to make part-time strength assets like wind and sunlight sensible, yet he by no means took the difficulty to work out how a lot air quantity will be required--if he did he'd observe that no such scheme might ever paintings. He fees a promoter of algal biofuels asserting 650 gallons of biofuel in line with acre in line with yr may offset the US's oil imports with simply 0.1% of its land quarter. A pocket calculator indicates it will take over 13%, in comparison with 18% that is arable. by contrast, he agonizes over nuclear power. he is conscious of its significance in slowing worldwide warming, yet he is fallen into the catch of believing it allows guns proliferation. He wrings his arms over spent gasoline from reactors, even if no one has ever been harmed via it. He gasps at building charges for nuclear vegetation yet says not anything concerning the expenditures of wind and sun, even if these expenses are higher.

We will be happy consultant could curiosity himself during this topic adequate to put in writing a booklet approximately it. The e-book will be extra useful if he'd taken higher care.

A far better e-book is Terrestrial strength by way of William Tucker, a profession journalist who studied an identical matters commonly and produced a complete yet rather legible examine. Mr. Tucker lays all of it out it seems that with out endurance for unexamined hypotheses and empty needs. [...]

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The report concludes that a 5 to 20 percent loss of economic output globally could occur due to global warming. Yet for an investment of only 1 percent of GDP we can head off those costs. Put simply, we have the opportunity to make low-cost and economically productive investments now in new technology that yields substantial benefits, instead of accepting a much larger reduction 22 APOLLO’S FIRE in our overall prosperity through such real costs as lost agricultural productivity and increased harm to human health.

35 C hap te r 2 Reinventing the Car To see the future of the American automobile, take a spin down to Corte Madera, California, and introduce yourself to the CalCars boys. This group of rebels met one sunny day in April 2004 in the garage of a typical condominium ten miles north of the Golden Gate, determined to roll out a car that could be “fueled” by plugging it into a wall at night with a standard extension cord and run on gas when needed. It was a Toyota Prius when they started and a symbol of an American revolution in automobiles when they finished.

We call it democracy. We need to keep democracy from being perverted by the forces of large, centralized power, so that all new decentralized technologies can grow. The most democratic and decentralized energy solution of all is energy efficiency. The energy we do not waste can make the biggest difference. FIVE Everybody Needs to Get on the Bus When Gandhi said, “You must become the change you seek in the world,” he could have been talking to those of us who desire a new American energy economy.

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