Opposing Viewpoints Series - Energy Alternatives (paperback edition)

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9780737709049: Opposing Viewpoints Series - Energy Alternatives (paperback edition)

Energy shortages in the West have rekindled the debate about whether the United States should turn to alternatives to fossil fuels. Authors argue the merits of nuclear power, wind energy, and electric cars in the following chapters: Are Alternatives Energy Sources Necessary? Is Nuclear Power a Viable Energy Alternative? What Alternative Energy Sources Should Be Pursued? Should Alternatives to Gasoline-Powered Vehicles Be Pursued?

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"Long-standing series about controversial contemporary issues continue(s) to turn out exceptional titles. Greenhaven's Opposing Viewpoints presents multiple perspectives on hot topics such as abortion, the death penalty, and censorship through excerpts from primary materials ranging from speeches to cartoons."
-- Booklist (October 2001) (Booklist 20011015)

"The format and approach are identical to other titles in the series; both sides of a particular issue are explored in depth. Each essay is prefaced by questions that will help students focus their reading and each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading and research. Students will find the articles helpful in examining these controversial and often emotional issues."
-- School Library Journal (August 2002) (School Library Journal 20020801)

"As usual for books in this series, there are plenty of follow-up sources for students to pursue."
-- Booklist (June 2002) (Booklist 20020615)

"The language is understandable but not simplistic, the pieces are clearly titles for easy identification, and a few cartoons and charts break up the dense text. This unbiased collection is a welcome resource for researchers and debaters."
-- School Library Journal (June 2002) (School Library Journal 20020601)

"Written by educators, scientists, journalists, doctors, veterinarians, members of the clergy and advocates. This excellent volume will elicit group discussion and help to develop critical thinking and analysis of sensitive issues."
-- School Library Journal (May 2002) (School Library Journal 20020501)

"This supplemental reader is perfect for getting students involved in discussion. The resulting debates are sure to reinforce any primary readings and will breathe life into any standard lecture oriented course. This supplement is a useful tool for instructors to get students involved."
-- Crime and Justive International (May 2002) (UNKNOWN 20020501)

"As always in the Opposing Viewpoints series, there are voices from many sides of the debate."
-- Booklist (April 2002) (Booklist 20020415)

"Most present clear, fact-supported points that readers will find valuable for speeches and reports. Editorial cartoons, anectdotes, and statistics break up the essays, make reading easier. This is a well-balanced approach to the issues, argued with studied analysis rather than bind emotion."
-- Booklist (April 2002) (Booklist 20020401)

"This series is invaluable for preparing students for debates, classes, or research assignments. Opposing Viewpoints books help prepare high school students for critical thinking and make them aware of issues that affect society today. Recommended."
-- The Book Report (March-April 2002) (Book Report 20020401)

"Most useful in schools with religion and/or philosophy courses, but should also appeal to general readers."
-- School Library Journal (April 2002) (School Library Journal 20020401)

From Booklist:

Gr. 6-12. Using recent problems in California as a rationale for exploring alternative energy sources, this entry in the Opposing Viewpoints series features the usual roundup of thoughtful viewpoints and wealth of resource material. Section one includes articles that debate the abundance and danger of fossil fuels. Pieces in section two address alternate energy sources, including solar power, fuel cells, methane hydrates, geothermal energy, and wind farms ("Why I Hate Wind Farms and Think There Should Be More of Them"). Though the book will mainly attract students and environment-conscious readers, the section on alternatives to gasoline-powered vehicles may interest a broad audience; essays discuss several fuel possibilities, including "biomass" (garbage). Intriguing for readers who want the latest on how things may shape up in the future. Discussion questions and organizations to contact are appended. Roger Leslie
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