By Congressman Jerry McNerney Ph.D., Martin Cheek
Risky CO2 emissions, monstrous oil spills, dwindling offers the issues with fossil fuels are using a longoverdue reassessment of our nation's strength regulations. U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney, a renewable power engineer and the 1st consultant with services in strength independence, leads easy methods to swap. In ''Clean strength Nation'', he and journalist Martin Cheek make an impassioned argument for significantly lowering dependency on fossil fuels and constructing sustainable, available power assets sunlight, wind, biofuel, geothermal, and hydrogen-based strength. Bringing jointly a unprecedented blend of clinical wisdom, political savvy, and insightful journalism, the authors display the professionals and cons of other strength resources and consider how our kingdom turned hooked on fossil fuels within the first position. The ebook reads just like the dramatic tale it's, whole with dire projections approximately top oil and grim eventualities of emerging oceans! willing insights into rules and avid gamers that experience stalled growth on weather switch and preferred mammoth oil!and astute techniques for construction a fresh power economic system and a wealthy, reliable destiny
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