Turning off the Heat: Why America Must Double Energy Efficiency To Save Money and Reduce Global Warming / Edition 1

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Global warming, the result of increasing carbon dioxide emissions from energy producers and users, has become a danger to humans. It threatens radical climate changes, severe storms, and ecological havoc.

Turning Off the Heat targets a main source of overuse of fossil fuels - the energy producers themselves who, through their government-approved monopolies have led to energy inefficiency and needless pollution. A leading authority with 20 years experience developing and operating of energy projects, Casten clearly explains that the U.S. and other nations of the world can, and must, double the efficiency of electric utilities. This efficiency improvement will lead to a reduction of electric prices by 30 to 40% and cut carbon dioxide emissions (a greenhouse gas) in half.

Two-thirds of the fuel used to make U.S. electricity is wasted, resulting in higher energy prices and excess pollution. If market forces are unleashed and monopolies ended, competition will save money and fuel, Casten says. This is an essential volume for policy-makers, legislators, leaders in industry, environmentalists, and concerned citizens.

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"This thoughtful work adds to the national debate. Recommended." - Library Journal
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Carbon dioxide emission and its relationship to global warming is the subject of a raging debate among scientists and world leaders. Federal and state governments have proposed three actions to decarbonize our economy: put a cap on carbon emissions, place revenue-neutral taxes on energy, and establish a renewable energy portfolio standard. Casten, an entrepreneur in the field of energy conversions for 20 years, offers another solution, a variant on the carbon-cap approach specifically targeting energy producers. The Fossil-Fuel Efficiency Standard (FFES) would eliminate all government subsidies on fossil fuels, deregulate the electric industry, and eliminate the barriers to efficiency embodied in environmental and regulatory laws. A built-in time line would give businesses time to adapt to the standard. Additionally, the FFES would promote research, thus driving down the price of renewable energies. This thoughtful work adds to the national debate. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.--Eva Lautemann, DeKalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, GA
An advocate of market-based solutions to environmental problems documents the enormous waste of energy and heat in the US, and calls for further deregulation of what he calls the 90-year monopoly on the production and sale of electricity. With the industry unshackled, he says, competition would force companies to produce more efficiently and the price of electricity would drop radically. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573922692
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Casten, founder and CEO of Trigen Energy Corp., has been a leading advocate for market-based solutions to environmental problems, and his 1997 report "Barriers to Efficiency" was named best policy paper of the year by Common Purpose. He serves as an advisor to senior government leaders, and participated with President Clinton in the White House conference on global climate change.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Establishing the Problem and a Market Perspective 15
2 Understanding Monopoly Behavior 25
3 Noblesse Oblige - For Planet Earth 70
4 Sending Price Signals 84
5 Linking Deregulation and Carbon Dioxide Reduction 105
6 Facing the Challenge: Stabilizing Global Carbon Dioxide 119
7 Changing Consumer Attitudes Toward Energy Use 130
8 Barriers to Efficiency 146
9 Federal Action to Decarbonize 198
10 Errata - Energy Regulatory Reform and Tax Act 230
Notes 235
Glossary 243
Index 263
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