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Power to the People: How the Coming Energy Revolution Will Transform an Industry, Change Our Lives, and Maybe Even Save the Planet

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"By far the most helpful, entertaining, up-to-date and accessible treatment of the energy-economy-environment problematique available." --John P. Holdren, Scientific American

A fiercely independent and irresistibly entertaining look at the economic, political and technological forces that are reshaping the world's management of energy resources, Power to the People has been
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 3rd 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Nicholas
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not since a child have I finished a book and so soon wanted to reread it. This impressive work touches on so many aspects of modern energy issues and offers the author's vision of a clean energy future, gathered from countless interviews with many visionaries and experts all across the world -- in business, engineering, economics, regulation. It tells the stories of the people, the places, and the institutions that are all interconnected via energy. From from Dick Cheney to Amory Lovins, from Be ...more
Anthony
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Though Vaitheeswaran finished writing this less than a decade ago, the arc of energy policy couldn't be further from the hydrogen, fuel cell, electric car economy he envisioned. With an impending natural gas glut and the phase-out of coal-fired power plants in the States, goes to show how difficult energy forecasting is. Regardless, he presents a very readable and rich overview of current efforts to decarbonize, the role of the private sector in a deregulated world, and why small is beautiful.
Bob Kittams
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book on Energy economy written by an author who contributes regularly to my favorite weekly news publication The Economist. Minimal technical detail and interesting interviews with energy
gurus.
Owen
Aug 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly of interest to me because my work relates to the topic (developing changes to the energy and auto industries) and a little out of date, but certainly a worthwhile read. Oil prices being four times as high as when he wrote it does compromise some of his points and projections but his conclusion that distributed generation and hydrogen fuel storage hold great promise is still relevant. I agree with many overall points, but either through a shortage of compelling evidence in the writing or m ...more
Belal Bebo
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
كتاب جميل .. به معلومات مهمة جداا عن عالم اخر لسه منعرفش عنه حاجة
الطاقة في الدول المتقدمة ... و الصراعات السرية الي من تحت لتحت لتنفيذ مصالح معينة
و مصادر الطاقة البديلة و مدى امكانية نزولها و منافستها لسوق
كان ممل بس في اجزاء كتيرة و بيحكي في تفاصيل ليس لها داعي بس في المجمل جيد
Andrew Cawley
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
A well laid out treatise for energy sector liberalization with very good points. Would like to read a counter argument
Jonathan
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Although a lot of the information is outdated as fuel prices continue to rise, this book offers good information on the fuel cell industry and the potential of renewable energy.
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