Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells - Our Ride to the Renewable Future: A Journey Through Our Energy Past, Present and Future

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9780007293995: Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells - Our Ride to the Renewable Future: A Journey Through Our Energy Past, Present and Future

In this fresh and gutsy analysis, Amanda Little lays bare the past, present and future of America’s energy, showing how the innovative designs that got it to its current energy crisis will actually save it from ruin.

'We're about to see a revolution in the way we live, fundamental changes to the way our homes work, the way our cars move, the way we grow our food, distribute our products, the way we make and recycle plastics.' - Amanda Little

In this adventurous, jargon free, optimistic book, Amanda Little - tipped as 'the new voice of green' by Robert Redford - reveals the gargantuan influence of oil on our daily lives. It fights our wars, grows our crops, produces our plastics and medicines, warms our homes and animates our cities. We've allowed it to seep into every facet of our existence, from the shine on glossy magazine covers to life-saving pharmaceuticals. We depend on it completely. So what does this mean for when the oil runs out?

From a deep-sea oil rig to a plastic surgery operating theatre, from New York City's electrical grid to the offices of the Pentagon, from a state-of-the-art wind farm to a testing ground for the cars of tomorrow, Little visits the most eccentric and exciting frontiers of the global energy landscape. As she introduces us to a range of characters - Saudi royalty, grassroots activists, the world's most respected politicians and an array of inventors - she argues that we are on the brink of a revolution in the way we source the energy that is so vital to us; there is an energy future beyond oil - as long as we have the courage and creativity to pursue it.

Fresh, gutsy and optimistic, Power Trip will show you our world in a completely new way.

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‘Power Trip takes a most timely and complicated issue and weaves a fast, fun, and gripping story–one that's both candid and unflinching in its approach. Amanda represents the best of a new young perspective, a new voice of green’ Robert Redford

'Energy is the most important story in the world bar none, and no one has ever told it with more verve than Amanda Little. If you want to know how the world works, and why it may not work much longer, this is the book you need.' Bill McKibben, author of 'Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook
for Taking Action in Your Community'’

'Power Trip offers a panoramic view of our energy crisis - exploring past, present, future - with hope, passion and humor. Whether you are liberal or conservative, expert or novice, young or old, you will find adventure and insight in this book' Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

'Lively, engaging and most thought-provoking, Power Trip takes us on a journey through the very wide world of energy, from its colorful past to its high-tech future. Little answers the questions that perplex many - and, so importantly, identifies the key questions that only the future will answer.' Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

About the Author:

Amanda Little is an award-winning journalist who has published widely on energy, technology, and the environment for more than a decade. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Wired and the Washington Post. She lives with her husband and daughter in Nashville, Tennessee.

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