December 09, 2011
Los Angeles: By any measure, the world is limping along in an anemic quest to replace fossil fuels with clean energy. 34 years after the U.S. Department of Energy was formed, with the mission to end our dependence on foreign oil, gasoline and diesel accounts for 98% of our fuels, and renewable energy represents less than 2% of the electricity grid-mix. But why? Are there sinister forces at work, determines that maintain the status quo?
"Since public policy is such a hot topic right now, I figured I'd publish my interview with Dr. Pollin in advance, to get folks engaged with the subject." - Craig Shields
Best-selling author Craig Shields puts this in perspective with a new book:
IS RENEWABLE STILL DOABLE?
Exploring Clean Energy's Opportunities and Tough Realities
Shields’ new book, due to hit the streets in January 2012, is a compilation of interviews with energy experts – a set of lively discussions with economists, engineers, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, and stock analysts. And to pave the way, the author wants to offer a “sneak preview” – actually an entire chapter of the book. Shields continues, “Robert Pollin is one of the most senior economists in energy on Earth. He functions as a consultant to the Energy Department on implementing the Obama Administration’s stimulus program. Since public policy is such a hot topic right now, I figured I’d publish my interview with Dr. Pollin in advance, to get folks engaged with the subject.”
Download the chapter here, and check out how Robert Pollin deals with the following:
Download the chapter here.
Shields hopes readers will take him up on his offer, confident that they’ll be fascinated by the viewpoints of this top economist. “Dr. Pollin has extremely specific views on energy policy and how it needs to change. I think readers will really find this talk illuminating. I know I did.”
When Clean Energy Press published Shields’ RENEWABLE ENERGY - FACTS AND FANTASIES in 2010, it shot to the top of the sales charts on Amazon.com in both the energy and engineering categories – and stayed there for several weeks. “That was pretty gratifying, I have to admit,” Shields says. “It made me think: hey – maybe people really do care about this stuff after all. I mean, it’s not as if our entire future is at stake or anything,” he quips with a smile.
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