Children's LiteratureWe roll up to the neighborhood gas station, we sit in car pool lines, we flip a light switch or turn up the heat in our living rooms. Are we using energy that is finite or can it be renewed? Fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas are energy sources that cannot be renewed. Should we be concentrating on looking for ways we can create non-polluting renewable resources using sun, wind and water? This book, part of the "Understanding Global Issues" series, takes on hydropower, geothermal energy, solar power and the largely untapped potential of wind energy. It features a biography of Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist who, in 1800, invented the electric battery and for whom the "volt" is named. Careers mentioned include engineer, architect and hydraulics engineer. This volume contains a wealth of colorful photos, maps, charts, timelines, key concepts, glossary, bibliography, computer resources and index. One particularly intriguing boxed-aside features Scotland's stingray, an offshore tidal generator installed off the coast of that country's Shetland Islands. This device sits in the tidal stream and is able to transform energy from the flowing tides into enough electricity to light hundreds of homes. If the other books in this series are as good as this one, the series is a must for middle and high school libraries. 2004, Weigl Publishers/Smart Apple Media, Ages 14 to Adult.