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Cool energy : the renewable solution to global warming: a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists
Brower, Michael, 1960-
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Cambridge, MA : Union of Concerned Scientists, [1990]

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xiii, 89 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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TJ163.5 .B76 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This slender book is an excellent primer for introducing both the dimensions and the likely solutions of the global warming issue. It is well written, current, and cites many examples and sources for additional study. It is an effective counterbalance to the (mostly) self-serving propaganda being offered by advocates for various fossil fuels who routinely relegate renewables to the distant future. The crisis of global warming is a headline topic. There is disagreement as to its reality, its immediacy, and the best approach to solutions. Civilization is unlikely to opt for any major reduction in its comfort level until the problem becomes severe enough to the average citizen, so public awareness is critical. Renewable energy (as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass) is emerging, but is hobbled by fossil fuel prices that are currently artificially low and that do not reflect real social and environmental costs. Indeed, large, hidden subsidies for fossil fuels are not included in customers' costs per kilowatt hour, but are paid in taxes instead. Renewables (and an increasing efficiency in end use of energy) are making remarkable progress toward demonstrating both economic and environment viability. Long-term logic is on this side. Cool Energy is a valuable resource for both the public and the technical community. All readers. -J. C. Comer, Northern Illinois University