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"It's time to return to the community, make amends, clean up the mess & get back on the right path."

  • Jan 12, 2010
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It's time to return to the community, make amends, clean up the mess and get back on the right path."   This quote from Pat Murphy, Executive Director of Community Service Inc. and found on page 260 of "The Citizen-Powered Energy Guide: Community Solutions To A Global Crisis" seems to neatly sum up the overall theme of author Greg Pahl's terrific new book.  It seems that the more I read about the problem of peak oil and the upcoming energy crunch the more convinced I become that these matters will need to be addressed and solved at the local level.  The bad news is that our illustrious leaders in Washington D.C. in both the Executive and Legislative branches of government just don't seem to get it and are content to stay the course with the same failed energy policies that have cost this nation dearly over the past quarter century.  The good news is that civic-minded individuals, community groups and enlightened entreprenuers all over this land have decided to take matters into their own hands and are going about the business of tackling these extremely difficult issues at the grass-roots level.  It is at once a very scary and an extremely exciting time!

In "The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook:  Community Solutions To A Global Crisis" author Greg Pahl explains why the energy challenges facing the United States in the coming decades are not likely to be solved by the big multi-national energy companies.   It seems that there is no one technology out there capable of acting as the "magic wand" to solve all of our energy problems.  Of course conservation is clearly a major part of the solution.  Did you know that about 6% of the electricity generated in this country is used to dry clothes?  If only we had leadership that would encourage us to conserve.  That would be a great start!   It is clear that our future lies in the development of alternative fuels like solar, wind, water, geothermal, biomass and liquid biofuelsGreg Pahl devotes a chapter to each of these technologies and explains the exciting new developments and limitations of each of them.  He introduces us to people and companies who are at the forefront of these new cutting-edge technologies.  And he explains why different regions will have to customize strategies based on the available resources in their particular area.  This is information that is absolutely vital for anyone interested in becoming involved in the push for alternative fuels and in lobbying for changes in governmental policies that would favor such pursuits.

I am very pleased to report that "The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions To A Global Crisis" is written in clear, easy to understand language.  As another reviewer has indicated this is "must" reading for activists all over the country.  As far as I am concerned this book is "must" reading for any citizen who is interested in getting up to speed on these promising new technologies.  At the same time it is extremely important for people to understand that there are advantages and disadvantages to each one of these strategies.  Yes, it would appear that the ultimate solution to our energy dilemma will likely be a complex mix of all of these technologies coupled with a drastically increased emphasis on conservation. I simply cannot say enough about the work that Greg Pahl has done here.   Very highly recommended! 

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January 18, 2010
As Thomas Friedman said it, the government needs to tax the energy companies & divert funds to alternative sources of energy. The U.S. government is not doing that. Conflict of interest for most part. If any nation is doing something about it, it is Denmark & it is succeeding.
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Real energy solutions for real problems—NOW!

Every day, more people finally "get it." Global warming is for real and getting worse faster than previously expected. M. King Hubbert's oil peak looms, and cheap petroleum is a thing of the past. We face an energy crisis. This book tells you what you need to do to meet the challenge.

The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook provides a clear-eyed view of the current energy situation and points toward a sustainable path forward. Greg Pahl examines renewable energy technologies currently available and homes in on strategies that can be adopted by individuals and, especially, communities. Such cooperative initiatives have been common in Europe for years and are beginning to gain a foothold in the U.S. because these medium-scale projects successfully bring people together to create collective energy security for a neighborhood, town, or region while strengthening the local economy.

Each chapter focuses on a different renewable energy sector--solar, wind, water, biomass, liquid biofuels, and geothermal--then reviews their advantages and disadvantages and describes numerous examples of proven local initiatives. The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook is an eloquent appeal and a practical handbook for community and regional action to deal head-on with environmental challenges and to take responsibility for energy supplies now controlled by large, distant utilities and consortiums. This is the book for anyone ready to take meaningful steps toward a...

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Books, Nonfiction, Global Warming, Community Energy


ISBN-10: 1933392126
ISBN-13: 978-1933392127
Author: Greg Pahl
Genre: Environment
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Date Published: March 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
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