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Charging Ahead - The Business of Renewable
Energy &What It Means for America, John J. Berger.
of solar, wind power, biomass/biofuel, and geothermal in the U.S.,
with added info on efficiency ("The Sleeping Giant" ),
electric and fuel cell cars, more.
The Color Of Oil - The History, the Money, &
the Politics of the World's Biggest Business, Michael Economides
& Ronald Oligney. A fascinating view of
the oil business, written by two insiders. Yes, wars
are fought over access to oil, and without oil, we'd all be freezing
in the dark.
The End Of Oil -by Paul
Petroleum is now so deeply entrenched in our economy, our politics,
and our personal expectations that even modest efforts to phase
it out are fought tooth and nail by the most powerful forces in
the world: companies and governments that depend on oil revenues;
the developing nations that see oil as the only means to industrial
success; and a Western middle class that refuses to modify its energy-dependent
lifestyle. But within thirty years, by even conservative estimates,
we will have burned our way through most of the oil that is easily
accessible. And well before then, the side effects of an oil-based
society — economic volatility, geopolitical conflict, and
the climate-changing impact of hydrocarbon pollution — will
render fossil fuels an all but unacceptable solution. How will we
break our addiction to oil? And what will we use in its place to
maintain a global economy and political system that are entirely
reliant on cheap, readily available energy?
Brilliantly reported from around the globe, The End of Oil brings
the world situation into fresh and dramatic focus for business and
general readers alike. Roberts talks to both oil optimists and oil
pessimists, delves deep into the economics and politics of oil,
considers the promises and pitfalls of altenatives, and shows that,
although the world energy system has begun its epoch-defining transition,
disruption and violent dislocation are almost assured if we do not
take a more proactive stance.
Wind Energy Comes of Age (Wiley
Series in Sustainable Design)-by Paul Gipe
America's leading wind energy expert presents a complete reference
on the business and technology of generating electricity with wind.
Covers the technology, economics and politics that have influenced
the development of the wind energy industry in the U.S. and Europe.
Describes advances made in improving reliability and performance
and provides suggestions on how the industry can treat its imperfections.
Includes several new important topics such as aesthetics and public
acceptance of windmills.
with the Devil : How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude
-by ROBERT BAER
Baer documents with chilling clarity how our addiction to cheap
oil and Saudi petrodollars caused us to turn a blind eye to the
Al Sa’ud’s culture of bribery, its abysmal human rights
record, and its financial support of fundamentalist Islamic groups
that have been directly linked to international acts of terror,
including those against the United States. Drawing on his experience
as a field operative who was on the ground in the Middle East for
much of his twenty years with the agency, as well as the large network
of sources he has cultivated in the region and in the U.S. intelligence
community, Baer vividly portrays our decades-old relationship with
the increasingly dysfunctional and corrupt Al Sa’ud family,
the fierce anti-Western sentiment that is sweeping the kingdom,
and the desperate link between the two. In hopes of saving its own
neck, the royal family has been shoveling money as fast as it can
to mosque schools that preach hatred of America and to militant
fundamentalist groups—an end game just waiting to play out.
Baer not only reveals the outrageous excesses of a Saudi royal family
completely out of touch with the people of its kingdom, he also
takes readers on a highly personal search for the deeper roots of
modern terrorism, a journey that returns time again and again to
Saudi Arabia: to the Wahhabis, the powerful Islamic sect that rules
the Saudi street; to the Taliban and al Qaeda, both of which Saudi
Arabia helped to underwrite; and to the Muslim Brotherhood, one
of the most active and effective terrorist groups in existence,
which the Al Sa’ud have sheltered and funded. The money and
arms that we send to Saudi Arabia are, in effect, being used to
cut our own throat, Baer writes, but America might have only itself
to blame. So long as we continue to encourage the highly volatile
Saudi state to bank our oil under its sand—and so long as
we continue to grab at the Al Sa’ud’s money—we
are laying the groundwork for a potential global economic catastrophe
Upsizing - The Road to Zero Emissions, Gunter
Pauli. So, your
business makes paper from wood, and, like everyone, you only use
30% of the tree, wasting the rest. How about processing the
"waste" to, oh, grow mushrooms in, feed cattle with, create
fiber, and to grow algae for feeding fish. Now you have five
profit centers, not one, plus more profits, more jobs, and no waste.
This isn't theory, it's being done now across the world.
Nuclear Transmutation: The Reality of Cold
Drs. Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons had claimed that an electrochemical
cell with heavy water electrolyte and a palladium cathode gave rise
to so much excess energy that the mysterious phenomenon had to be
nuclear, and was probably a process related to nuclear fusion. Many
scientists quickly took sides for or against cold fusion--mostly
against. By the end of the summer the experts claimed cold fusion
didn't exist. They said it was an experimental error and could not
be reproduced. Actually, the story had barely begun. Provocative
research had never ended. Cold fusion was and is very much alive.
IN THIS BOOK, Dr. Mizuno describes both the dark and bright sides
of the cold fusion story: the frustration, the boredom, the endless
guerrilla war with scientists who wanted to stop the research, science
journalists who appeared to thrive on the outpouring of supposedly
negative results, fruitless battles to publish a paper or be heard
at a physics conference, but then also the triumph of dramatic experimental
results in the production of huge excess energy and the paradigm
busting discovery of the low-energy transmutation of heavy elements
found on cold fusion electrodes.
Where Vultures Feast:
Shell, Human Rights & Oil
by Paul Hawken
The coming Energy revolution
by- Randall Mills