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 the tradition of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation and Thomas L. Friedmam's Hot, Flat, and Crowded, prominent journalist Amanda Little maps out the history and future of America's energy addiction in a wonk-free, big-picture, solutions-oriented adventure story.

After covering the environment and energy beat for more than a decade, Amanda Little decided that the only way to really understand America's energy crisis was to travel into the heart of it. She embarks on a daring cross-country power trip, and describes in vivid, fast-paced prose the most extreme and exciting frontiers of our energy landscape.

At her side we visit an offshore oil rig, the cornfields of Kansas, the Pentagon's fuel-logistics division, the Talladega Superspeedway, New York City's electrical grid, and laboratories creating the innovations of a clean-energy future. As Little explains, energy is everything: It grows our crops, fights our wars, makes our plastics and medicines, warms our homes, moves our products and vehicles, and animates our cities.

How did we develop this insatiable appetite for fossil fuels? Little travels through history to track the evolution of America's energy addiction: the 1897 installation of the world's first power plant (a Thomas Edison J. P. Morgan venture); the 1901 Spindletop gusher that threw open the era of cheap American fuel; FDR's encounter with a Saudi king that set the stage for our dependence on Middle Eastern oil; General Motors' early decision to sell big guzzlers rather than small, efficient cars.

Little illustrates how abundant oil and coal built the American superpower—even as they posed political and environmental dangers to the nation and the world. More important, we learn how the same American ingenuity that got us into this mess can get us out of it. With next-generation candor and optimism, Little explores the most promising clean-energy solutions on the horizon, arguing that everything we know about our past teaches us that we can solve the problems of our future.

Hard-hitting yet forward-thinking, Power Trip is a lively and impassioned travel guide for all readers trying to navigate our shifting landscape and a clear-eyed manifesto for the younger generations who are inheriting the earth.

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About the Author:

Amanda Little’s award-winning columns on green politics and innovation have appeared in Grist.org, Salon.com, and Outside magazine. Her articles have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Wired, O, The Oprah Magazine, and the Washington Post. She lives with her husband and daughter in Nashville, Tennessee.

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“Ambitious and highly readable. . . . [Little] expertly ties together disparate strains of history to make her case. . . . Jargon-free and written with a fine eye for detail-one of the best books on America’s energy crisis to emerge in recent years.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) )

Power Trip offers a panoramic view of our energy crisis, exploring past, present, and future with hope, passion and humor. Whether you are liberal or conservative, expert or novice, young or old, you’ll find adventure and insight in this book.” (Robert F. Kennedy Jr., co-author of Not a Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis )

“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 Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future )

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 )

“Lively, engaging and most thought-provoking. . . . Little answers the questions that perplex many-and, so importantly, identifies the key questions that only the future will answer.” (Daniel Yergin, Pulitizer Prize-winning author of The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power )

“A wonderfully illuminating voyage. Little charts a fresh path outside the usual doctrinaire accounts on energy. Her intelligence and enthusiasm will change the way you think about the future.” (Steven Johnson, bestselling author of The Ghost Map and The Invention of Air )

“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 . . . a must-read for everyone.” (Jim Rogers, Chairman and CEO of Duke Energy )

“Charming, fun, and deeply informed, Power Trip is a great way to get a handle on our energy and environmental future. Little talks to the key players across America, digs into the reasons we have so many problems, and finds hope for a better world ahead.” (Congressman Jim Cooper, Nashville, TN )

“Combine the historical intrigue of Jared Diamond, the journalistic flare of Tom Wolfe, and the passionate advocacy of Rachel Carson-and you get Power Trip. Amanda Little’s multifaceted approach makes this the one book about our energy past and future that everyone should read and all will enjoy.” (Andrew Shapiro, founder and president of GreenOrder )

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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. 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. 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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