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Green will illustrate and shed new light on the gamut of issues associated with renewable energy, a topic whose importance increases exponentially with every temperature record-setting year. Jane and Michael Hoffman use their years of experience to explain the technological and economic future of this ecologically significant issue. They incisively explain its politics: what countries are doing right now and, most importantly, what the U.S. should be doing. Green will cut through the hype and polemics ...

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Overview


Green will illustrate and shed new light on the gamut of issues associated with renewable energy, a topic whose importance increases exponentially with every temperature record-setting year. Jane and Michael Hoffman use their years of experience to explain the technological and economic future of this ecologically significant issue. They incisively explain its politics: what countries are doing right now and, most importantly, what the U.S. should be doing. Green will cut through the hype and polemics surrounding ecologically friendly technologies and present the unvarnished truth. It will guide the reader through the misinformation and confusion over global warming, and demonstrate the degree to which renewable energy can be part of the solution. 



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Publishers Weekly

According to the authors of this optimistic assessment of the global energy crisis, the current gluttonous dependence on nonrenewable fossil fuels is merely an ecologically ruinous interlude between "energy ages." In the authors' decidedly long view, mankind survived for centuries without much need for oil, coal and natural gas—although humans were using all three in limited fashion as early as 3000 B.C., petroleum was first pumped from a well in Pennsylvania only in 1859—and can do so again. The Hoffmans argue that as technology improves efficiencies, solar fields, wind farms, geothermal drilling and biomass crops will replace fossil fuels as energy sources, a process driven as much by economic self-interest as by pressure for a more sane environmental future. They dismiss both the hydrogen economy and corn-based ethanol as unfeasible energy sources, but suggest that an African weed, jatropha, has the potential to turn "that poverty-stricken continent into the Saudi Arabia of biofuel." Accessible and surprisingly entertaining, this informed overview of available paths to relatively pollution-free energy resources is a level-headed primer on the world to come. (July)

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Library Journal

She is a policy wonk specializing in consumer issues; he is managing director of a leading renewable energy fund. They provide a good general discussion of energy issues (particularly renewables), take a fascinating look at emerging technologies, and offer some sensible solutions to the crisis (e.g., do something about oil subsidies, keep pressure on elected officials to enact sound energy policy). This is a light read, suitable for most collections. Some readers will warm to the authors' chatty style, but others may find it irritatingly chummy.


—Robert Eagan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230613195
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.68 (d)
  • File size: 276 KB

Meet the Author


Jane Hoffman is a nationally renowned policy expert on consumer issues and domestic policy and was a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor for New York.  She ran the Department of Consumer Affairs during the Giuliani administration, and has also worked as a Senior Producer at CNN. Michael Hoffman is Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings, LLC, where he manages the world's largest renewable energy fund.  He specializes in global investments in renewable energy and power enterprises.  They live in New York City.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Even Dogs Can See in Green * Green Money * Energy Present * The Formula, Part One: Renewable Energy * Power Playing * Power to the People * Fuel-ish Choices * Creating an Industry * Technologies that Don't Exist Yet * The Global Low-Carbon Economy * The Green Standard: Best Practices * Conclusion: The Green Economy


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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    Green is great!

    We all know that we have an insatiable appetite for energy that can't be sustained by current resources and that we have to do something about it. But, what should we do? How should we do it?

    Jane and Michael Hoffman answer these questions in an entertaining, simple-to-understand, fact-filled book that outlines the current energy crisis and provides reasonable solutions, including an overview of the renewable energy field. This book inspired me to take simple steps to conserve energy and gave me a great perspective on how government should be thinking about our energy future.

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