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Getting depressed about the gloom and doom news of climate catastrophe? Then read this book and you will awaken to the endless possibilities of the future that is being worked out silently by a huge number of entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers who are the pioneers of the next industrial revolution - the cleantech revolution.
This book surveys the main sources of alternative energies- solar, biofuel, wind, geothermal and oceanic. Then goes into considerable depth into describing various works going on into each area. For example, in solar energy alone, the book details over half a dozen approaches to make solar energy an efficient, cheap and viable solution. The authors describe the technology in simple terms, but with sufficient depth. At the same time, they mention the business viability and political issues. A very well rounded approach indeed!
One recurring theme throughout the book is the necessity of a carbon cap and trade program. Without a price on carbon emission, the playing field between the fossil fuels and renewable energy sources will remain uneven and the renewables will not have a chance to flourish. Free market is an wonderful instrument, but is completely dumb. Information has to be injected into the market system regarding the cost of everything.
Currently, the polluters dump the greenhouse gases into the atmosphere without a price tag. The result is sea level rise, destruction of natural habitats, melting glaciers, agricultural yield reduction, increase of diseases, environmental refugees and on and on. Doesn't these all have a price tag? Once this price tag is attached with pollution, the underlying strength of innovation and free market will unleash and get a chance to save this civilization that faces the greatest challenge in many centuries - the global warming.
This book will be enjoyable by the environmentally conscious readers, the entrepreneurs, the science lovers and just about anyone who is interested in staying informed
26 of 28 people found this review helpful
I was amazed at the ideas some people are working on to develop sources of energy that don't require the use of fossil fuels and resultant increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide. There is a huge amount of information here to those with the stamina to get through it.
The problem I had was too much information--too many topics mostly unrelated to one another. Characters came and went in a few minutes with an anecdotal description of their revolutionary idea or start up company. I gave up trying to figure out who was who and listened for the inventions. This book would probably would hang together more coherently as a read rather than a listen.
Even though it is a somewhat tedious, the basic idea of the book, that the free market should be allowed to solve global warming though the trading of carbon credits, comes through convincingly.
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