Energy Unbound: A Fable for America's Future

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Here is a wealth of information about energy, its efficient use and our choices, presented as a fable of sorts. The technique does not work. The authors, who are alternative energy spokesmen, introduce an ordinary Iowa housewife, Eunice Bunnyhut, newly appointed Secretary of Energy (the President wants a fresh, commonsense approach). Bewildered by the conflicting views of her assistant secretaries relayed at their first official meeting, she soon meets Duncan Jefferson Holt, an Energy Department scientist, who offers to enlighten her. For two weeks he discusses energy topics in detail, and Eunice responds with simple analogies from her own life (bake sales and the like). If the authors intended to show that anybody can learn about energy, perhaps they have succeeded. This energy primer is condescending``she rolled the thought of a greenhouse around her housewifely brain''and irritating. It will take a determined reader to stick with Eunice and Duncan; at the end, she uses her new knowledge to shake up the department and set it on the right path. Illustrations not seen by PW. (April 11)
Library Journal
This is an energy primer for the citizen who feels that energy policy is ``gobbledygook,'' better left to the Washington decision-makers. For those policymakers who are willing to look at the situation with openness and humor, it also offers a deceptively simple attempt to disentangle the skein of energy problems. The text, by authorities in the field of alternative energy, is a parable about a mid-Western housewife who becomes the Secretary of Energy. However, the narrative is both well-documented and based in fact, and it touches on many related problems, such as acid rain and indoor air pollution. The lesson illustrated by the parable? It is best for all, from the householder to the utility company, to have all the necessary information in order to make energy decisions on the basis of least-cost economics. Recommended. Diane M. Brown, Univ. of California at Berkeley Libs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871568205
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books
  • Publication date: 3/12/1986
  • Pages: 400

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