Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy by Jay Inslee

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By Jay Inslee

Congressman Inslee is a full-time elected consultant with a heritage in economics and legislations, so we predict a e-book written through him to stress economics and public coverage, and to be susceptible on technology. nonetheless, he may have sought out assistance on science.

His e-book only helps well known recommendations to the climate-change challenge and disdains unpopular ones, and he by no means tests the information. for instance, he proposes to interchange gas with cellulosic ethanol made of switchgrass. He issues to guides that promise salubrious effects and does not point out that cellulosic ethanol hasn't ever been proven to be functional. he is definite that compressed air might shop adequate power to make part-time strength assets like wind and sun functional, yet he by no means took the difficulty to work out how a lot air quantity will be required--if he did he'd become aware of that no such scheme may possibly ever paintings. He prices a promoter of algal biofuels announcing 650 gallons of biofuel according to acre consistent with yr might offset the US's oil imports with basically 0.1% of its land zone. A pocket calculator indicates it'll take over 13%, in comparison with 18% that is arable. against this, he agonizes over nuclear power. he is conscious of its significance in slowing worldwide warming, yet he is fallen into the capture of believing it permits guns proliferation. He wrings his palms over spent gas from reactors, even supposing no one has ever been harmed by means of it. He gasps at development charges for nuclear vegetation yet says not anything in regards to the expenditures of wind and sunlight, although these expenditures are higher.

We will be happy consultant might curiosity himself during this topic sufficient to jot down a ebook approximately it. The e-book will be extra worthy if he'd taken better care.

A far better ebook is Terrestrial strength via William Tucker, a occupation journalist who studied an analogous topics generally and produced a accomplished yet particularly legible research. Mr. Tucker lays all of it out it appears that evidently with out persistence for unexamined hypotheses and empty needs. [...]

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Ironically, while oil costs our economy so much in both jobs and treasure, the argument against doing something to curb our addiction to oil or fight climate change is that it would be too costly. Changing the course of our energy use is too often presented as an expensive burden on our economy, rather than an opportunity for innovation. The conventional charge when confronted with curbing oil use or moving to carbon-free renewable energy is that workers and the economy would suffer. In effect, we are being asked to choose between putting food on the table for our children today and protecting the welfare of our children tomorrow.

It was the result of a national challenge by an American president, not just a passing press release from a government agency. Half measures will not cut the mustard. Research needs to rise not by single-digit percentages but by several factors. Incentives have to jump. CO2 limitations have to be adopted, not just debated, and new technology must be deployed. It is truly a time to think big. We need to get to the moon of clean energy. Our current policies will not get us to Cleveland, or Chapter 2: Reinventing the Car out of Detroit’s predicament.

It won’t be the first time we’ve changed the way we power our economy. We once relied heavily on whale oil for light and wood and coal for heat. We moved from gas light to electricity, and in modern times we made the shift to reliance on oil for transportation. A young Winston Churchill famously made the strategic shift from coal to crude oil from Persia to fuel the Royal Navy, and in so doing positioned England to win the First World War by offering greater speed and flexibility. “Mastery itself was the prize of the venture,”46 Churchill later said of that idea.

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