Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells - Our Ride to the Renewable Future

 
9780007360932: Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells - Our Ride to the Renewable Future

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

In this smart, fluent and easy-to-read narrative, Little delivers a confident and constructive narrative that promises to move America, (and therefore the rest of the world) beyond the despair and the doom and gloom that has been plaguing our news stories and the media.

Little takes us on a trip through the past, present and future of our energy landscape, clearly demonstrating how America's energy consumption first began. Every step of it's astronomical rise is set out – from Thomas Edison's light bulb discovery in the early 1800s to Roosevelt's Faustian deal with Ibn Saud which was to turn oil from a commodity into the single most powerful political, military and economic catalyst of the world. As she reveals the staggering facts, oil's gargantuan influence on our everyday lives becomes clear. Without it we are nothing, and yet somehow we have allowed it to instruct every facet of our existence.

With authority and an extensive breadth of knowledge, and using examples of the greatest energy users in the world, Little turns many of the old and tired outlooks for the future of sustainability on its head. Never before has America been so capable or so in need of change.

An energetic and fresh polemic that inspires and fascinates in equal measure, “Power Trip” does for energy what “Fast Food Nation” did for nutritional health, changing forever the way we think and feel about our energy and its future.

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'Little has a big voice and tells her story with style…she's faster, funnier and more tenacious than anyone else' The Times

‘’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

'It's hard to imagine a book about energy that would appeal as much to a business executive as it would to an eco-activist - or, for that matter, to a soccer mom, a farmer, a politician or a student. Here it is. This provocative story about America's love affair with energy is a must-read for everyone.' Jim Rogers, Chairman and CEO of Duke Energy

‘One of the best books on America’s energy crisis to emerge in recent years’ Kirkus

About the Author:

Amanda Griscom Little wrote an award-winning weekly column, 'Muckraker', on energy and environmental policy for Salon.com and Grist.org, and is contributing editor for 'Outside' magazine. Throughout her career, she has interviewed political leaders including Bill and Hilary Clinton, Al Gore and John McCain. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine and the Washington Post. She lives with her husband, Carter Little, a musician, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers India, 2008. Softcover. Book Condition: New. From Oil Wells to Solar Cells--Our Ride to the Renewable Future In this fresh and gutsy analysis, Amanda Little lays bare America`s energy past, present and future and shows how the innovatory 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. Printed Pages: 464. Bookseller Inventory # 40675

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers India, 2008. Softcover. Book Condition: New. From Oil Wells to Solar Cells--Our Ride to the Renewable Future In this fresh and gutsy analysis, Amanda Little lays bare America`s energy past, present and future and shows how the innovatory 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. Printed Pages: 464. Bookseller Inventory # 40675

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 197 x 130 mm. Language: N/A. Brand New Book. In this fresh and gutsy analysis, Amanda Griscom Little lays bare America s energy past, present and future and shows how the innovatory designs that got it to its current energy crisis will actually save it from ruin. In this smart, fluent and easy-to-read narrative, Little delivers a confident and constructive narrative that promises to move America, (and therefore the rest of the world) beyond the despair and the doom and gloom that has been plaguing our news stories and the media. Little takes us on a trip through the past, present and future of our energy landscape, clearly demonstrating how America s energy consumption first began. Every step of it s astronomical rise is set out - from Thomas Edison s light bulb discovery in the early 1800s to Roosevelt s Faustian deal with Ibn Saud which was to turn oil from a commodity into the single most powerful political, military and economic catalyst of the world. As she reveals the staggering facts, oil s gargantuan influence on our everyday lives becomes clear. Without it we are nothing, and yet somehow we have allowed it to instruct every facet of our existence. With authority and an extensive breadth of knowledge, and using examples of the greatest energy users in the world, Little turns many of the old and tired outlooks for the future of sustainability on its head. Never before has America been so capable or so in need of change. An energetic and fresh polemic that inspires and fascinates in equal measure, Power Trip does for energy what Fast Food Nation did for nutritional health, changing forever the way we think and feel about our energy and its future. Bookseller Inventory # AMO9780007360932

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 197 x 130 mm. Language: N/A. Brand New Book. In this fresh and gutsy analysis, Amanda Griscom Little lays bare America s energy past, present and future and shows how the innovatory designs that got it to its current energy crisis will actually save it from ruin. In this smart, fluent and easy-to-read narrative, Little delivers a confident and constructive narrative that promises to move America, (and therefore the rest of the world) beyond the despair and the doom and gloom that has been plaguing our news stories and the media. Little takes us on a trip through the past, present and future of our energy landscape, clearly demonstrating how America s energy consumption first began. Every step of it s astronomical rise is set out - from Thomas Edison s light bulb discovery in the early 1800s to Roosevelt s Faustian deal with Ibn Saud which was to turn oil from a commodity into the single most powerful political, military and economic catalyst of the world. As she reveals the staggering facts, oil s gargantuan influence on our everyday lives becomes clear. Without it we are nothing, and yet somehow we have allowed it to instruct every facet of our existence. With authority and an extensive breadth of knowledge, and using examples of the greatest energy users in the world, Little turns many of the old and tired outlooks for the future of sustainability on its head. Never before has America been so capable or so in need of change. An energetic and fresh polemic that inspires and fascinates in equal measure, Power Trip does for energy what Fast Food Nation did for nutritional health, changing forever the way we think and feel about our energy and its future. Bookseller Inventory # AMO9780007360932

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