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Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  249 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
The forecasts are grim and time is running out, but that's not the end of the story. In this book, Fred Krupp, longtime president of Environmental Defense Fund, brings a stirring and hopeful call to arms: We can solve global warming. And in doing so we will build the new industries, jobs, and fortunes of the twenty-first century.In these pages the reader will encounter the ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 17th 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Jun 22, 2008 Nat rated it really liked it
I'm about half way through the book. It's encouraging that there are so many 'capitalists' out there who are trying to help us through the energy crisis - global warming debacle. If only there weren't so many already established who are threatened by anything other than more oil, more oil, and still more oil. If you're a believer in capitalism seizing new opportunities to excel, I think you will find this book interesting. If you're someone who's feeling a bit over-whelmed by the environmental i ...more
Jul 20, 2011 Yofish rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-science-y
Co-Written by the president of the Environmental Defense Fund. About new ways of generating energy. A couple chapters on solar, a couple on biomass (it hadn't occurred to me that the genetically altered algae are plants, and so need CO2, and so the logical place to build a facility is right next to the coal-burning plants), one on geothermal, one on ocean energy. Sort of a Nova-Science-Now feel to it, bopping around different topics and often focusing on a particular person trying to change the ...more
May 10, 2009 Shannon rated it really liked it
There’s an optimism in this work that’s noteworthy. Krupp and Horn present an array of alternative energy sources, emphasizing their viability. We all know we need technologies that are advantageous economically while delivering on environmental agendas. Krupp and Horn highlight cutting-edge companies, most interestingly, solar ones, as they discuss the potential of biofuels and geothermal, solar, and oceanic energy. An important theme of the book is the need for a trade program and carbon cap i ...more
Aug 04, 2009 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: env-policy
1. Climate change is a big problem.
2. There are many exciting technologies - solar, biomass, hydropower, geothermal, wind, clean coal, better batteries, etc. - that can collectively help us deal with climate change.
3. There are interesting people behind these technologies, each with a unique story to tell. They are innovative entrepreneurs that recognize the challenge and see an opportunity.
4. The field of environmental technology is moving fast, but it isn't moving fast enough.
5. To help move t
Jul 26, 2008 Theo rated it really liked it
Recommended to Theo by: My Dad
As I've been reading about renewable and alt. energy for the past couple of years this book was interesting to read as it provides a great summary of the last 10-20 years of renewable energy resource. It provides a good overview of where the industry is and where it may be going. Perhaps it's strongest point though is the emphasis that the author places on a "cap-and-trade" system to encourage growth in the field.

While it is a good point that a cap and trade system will allow many people to get
Bill Leach
Apr 07, 2013 Bill Leach rated it liked it
Harnessing the Sun - Part I
- a 100 mile square could supply U.S. electrical needs
- in 2007, PV was 6.6 GW worldwide
- in 2007, PV cost $4 /w or $7 /w installed
- currently, PV in Las Vegas is 11 cents/kwhr, competitive with the utility
- when the price drops to $1 /w, it is competitive with coal
- Sharp intends to increase it's production of PV to 100 GW by 2030
- Crystalline PV cells require silicon with less than one impurity per trillion. The supply of cry. silicon is a limitation.
- InnovaLight is
Ralph Hermansen
Feb 08, 2013 Ralph Hermansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you vote or want to be an informed citizen, you must read "Earth: The Sequel" by Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn. I thought that I was up to speed on renewable energy, alternate energy, or global warming, but my eyes were opened wider from reading this book. It is written in a interesting style, making personal the success stories of inventors and entrepreneurs. The same material could make your mind wander without the human interest approach. Fred Krupp is a strong advocate of "cap and trade" leg ...more
Ben Siems
Sep 30, 2008 Ben Siems rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Ben by: Conservation magazine
"If we fail, and we might, the rich and strong will have the last safe places on earth. And the billions of poor people will either figure out a way to take those places back, or die trying." -from Earth: The Sequel

In a sense, this book could be classified as propaganda, in that the entire intent of it is to convince the reader to support a specific plan to advance the development of clean energy and mitigate climate change: the enactment of a federal cap on carbon emissions. However, unlike in
Peter Kahn
"Great book. It spends a brief time stating the problem (which we all know all too well) and the rest of the book covers solutions and how cap and trade has already worked to help jump start innovation. The solutions range from the banal to start trek fantasies. There's a very interesting section on companies rethinking their existing products and finding new opportunities. For example: Carrier rethought its air conditioning business and put AC on its head. If electricity can generate cold, then ...more
Apr 20, 2008 Edwin marked it as to-read
The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming The Earth's environment has limits. Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has long recognized that those limits can ignite economic growth and ecological prosperity at the same time. Earth: The Sequel written by Krupp and Miriam Horn, a journalist and staffer at EDF, begins with a case study of how we can solve global warming and improve our economy by addressing the need for limits. In the early 1980's sulfur dioxide em ...more
Todd Martin
Oct 19, 2008 Todd Martin rated it liked it
A dryly written but well researched survey of current alternative energy technologies and the companies behind them. Topics include: solar electricity, solar thermal, bio-fuels, bio-scrubbers, wave power ....

The author outlines each technology and it's benefits as it relates to global warming. The book makes the argument that market based regulations are the best means of making these technologies competitive (given the large subsidies currently available to conventional fossil fuels) including:
Nov 23, 2009 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: climate-change, 2009
This book does a good job of explaining the basics of emerging energy producing/conserving technologies. It gets into good detail in the description of how each technology works and includes discussions of positive and negative aspects of each. The book is somewhat heavy in interviews with CEOs of various start-up companies. Because of this, I left the book believing that the implementation of each technology is just around the corner, which probably isn't true. But, the book does make the conti ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Bob rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't want to be known as part of the Guilty Generation
A timely book with important information about how many technical developments and entrepreneurs are ready to go with new ways of powering our society on a more sustainable basis. An important point for me is that the new ways are being developed by scientists and inventors here but are beginning to be adopted by business and government elsewhere. We are providing the intellectual underpinnings that are being neglected here and will cause USA's turn at global leadership to come to an end. We can ...more
Jan 03, 2009 GateGypsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in alternate energies
I was really intrigued by the descriptions of alternate energies, proven and unproven. The numbers were a little mind-boggling, but I thought the information was useful and enlightening. The author was definitely heavily in favour of countries (most especially the United States) enacting a "Cap and Trade" system for carbon, just like the one used to solve the acid rain crisis. He makes a very good argument. Although some of the solutions and alternatives presented in this book don't strike me as ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Trinette rated it it was amazing
Great read! Lots of interesting research that's being conducted on renewable energy sources.
Melissa T.
Dec 26, 2015 Melissa T. rated it liked it
Shelves: technology
Each chapter covers a different alternative energy avenue and follows different entrepreneurs and investors as they innovate to make alternative energy sources commercially viable options. The book is farely blunt in advocating for a carbon cap and trade system in the US, presenting it as a seemingly "end-all" solution in almost every chapter. It gets repetitive, but is definitely an optimistic survey of the alternative energy field in the US. It's a good introduction, but follow-up research is ...more
Tim Blandford
Jan 31, 2015 Tim Blandford rated it liked it
While this book was a little outdated, it was a very interesting read and makes a very compelling argument for carbon cap-and-trade governmental policies as a way to stimulate renewable energy source investment and innovation.
Charlie George
Jan 15, 2010 Charlie George rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People curious or skeptical about cap-and-trade
The introduction was fabulous and sold me on the merits of carbon cap-and-trade.

But the rest was a shotgun approach to future technology developments and dubious predictions by start-ups trying to attract capital. With a heavy dose of "the market will solve everything" because our capitalist system is the best way to harness human ingenuity and blah blah blah.

Granted, the argument is much improved by the imperative to factor in true life-cycle costs of burning fossil fuels. But it is still a 1
Jun 28, 2009 Scott rated it liked it
This book argues for a cap and trade system but it does it in a different way than most books. It talks about all of the technologies that are out there and the entrepreneurs that are trying to make them into businesses. The authors do this to support their thesis that free market capitalism is the best way to combat climate change. The book does a good job of covering the technologies. If you want to know what companies are operating in each space and what technologies are being developed, this ...more
Jan 24, 2009 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provides a lot of information about options for new energy efficient and carbon reducing technologies as well as market based incentives for adoption. It includes information about the personalities behind the ideas and companies that may provide solutions to our energy needs in the future.

However, it was written before the start of the current banking crisis which may make it difficult for companies to come up with the needed capital to fully develop their technologies.
Adam Cherson
Dec 31, 2013 Adam Cherson rated it liked it
I rate this book a 3.35 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being best. Essentially a list of the most promising environmental technologies as of 2007. Most interesting is the description of Bernie’s Chena Hot Spring Resort where geothermal energy in Alaska is used to generate power and air conditioning.
John Spigarelli
Sep 25, 2008 John Spigarelli rated it really liked it
Detailed view of the energy crisis as is today. Extremely technical writing, many engineering and design concepts that make sense after researching them.

A scary reality that fossil fuel leaves us only dependent on rouge nations, greed driving political policy, and the fact that the United States of America, due to it's close minded 1950's energy mentality is sinking quickly with no life raft.
Emily Mellow
Aug 21, 2008 Emily Mellow rated it liked it
Recommends it for: eco-science types
Recommended to Emily Mellow by: ny times bestseller list I think
Shelves: science
OK so I didn't actually finish reading it, but what I did read was very interesting... just not a subject matter that I can devote so much time to. Anyone with more than a passing interest in future alternative technologies would do well to read this, though. I tried to get Nik to read it for me, so I could absorb it's content through his skin, but he is taking a literary break right now.
David Kroodsma
Mar 25, 2008 David Kroodsma rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-skimmed
I skimmed this book, to see what Fred had to say. Basically, there are technical solutions out there that can solve global warming.

I wanted him to make a stronger case that we need to set up the regulation to promote these technologies. That, I think is the most important argument, and while he made it, I felt like he let me down. Of course, I did just skim the book.
Sep 16, 2009 Boman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good book to get excited about the possibility for change, but the overall flow was poor. Really just a series of descriptions of innovative technologies. Fairly good spectrum or ideas, but many key ideas such as energy storage are not as well addressed as they should be given their importance.

Perfect for flipping through while traveling- little sustained focus required.
Adam Mahlum
Jul 05, 2012 Adam Mahlum rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Holy crap there are a lot of different technical ways to solve climate change, almost all of which are detailed in Earth: The Sequel. Although the book is light on flowery prose and not exactly beach reading, Fred Krupp does a solid job of explaining some very complex ideas in ways that your average layman can understand. A solid and enlightening read.
Allison Myers
Apr 28, 2008 Allison Myers rated it it was amazing
Very good and informative book- I loved all of it. I would recommend this, though, only to people who are geeky about renewable energy and climate change stuff- could be a little too technical if you're not nerdy over it. I found the stuff in this book absolutely amazing and learned so much about whats already going on with the alternative energy world.
Apr 15, 2008 Randy rated it really liked it
Really more of a "pamphlet" than a book - this only has value if you read it very near the publication date. I suspect that virtually everything in it will be completely out of date within months.

Nevertheless, it's well organized and presented. If you're interested in the business opportunities around green technologies, it is a must read.
Jul 28, 2011 Albert rated it it was amazing
Read this a while back, when Dubya was still prez, but still recall just how optimistic it is, showing how it really is possible to turn things around, especially with the right kind of political will. And guess what, in that department, thanks to prez's like Dubya the US is one way behind her peers. But now there is hope.
Sep 26, 2010 Kip rated it liked it
This is a good book. Published in 2008, it may already be outdated. It covers the science of global warming, but really it's about the economics of carbon and the entrepreneurs/ investors/ companies that are in the race to find a solution. Authors make compelling arguments that 'cap and trade' is part of that solution.
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Fred Krupp is the President of Environmental Defense, a national nonprofit organization that links science, economics, law, and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems.
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