All Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future

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The modern day Edisons have done their job.  We need not wait any longer.  We are poised to wake up to a world running completely on renewable energy.  Waiting any longer is like saying we shouldn't have used the personal computer in 1985 until the smartphone was invented. 

In "All-Electric America" authors S. David Freeman, former utility CEO, and Leah Y Parks, a journalist in the electricity industry, explain how making the transition to an all-electric, all renewable society by the year 2050 is necessary, practical, and achievable. An energy infrastructure powered by the sun and wind & running on electricity, for all our energy needs, will be reliable, cleaner, safer, and CHEAPER. It will be superior to the system we have today and will lead to a better future.

It is time for the utility industry, politicians, and consumers to wake up to the opportunity that this energy transformation will provide.   Theresources currently allocated towards oil and other fossil fuels caninstead be invested in the development of an all-renewable 21stcentury electricity infrastructure.  Investments in coal mining, oilexploration, gas drilling, building new coal and gas plants, shippingand protecting oil, and fighting wars to protect oil interests will give way to a focus on building solar and wind energy, energy storage,and modernizing our grid.

The clock is ticking.  With every breath we take the Earth continues to warm.  Thespecter of global warming requires that the transformation must beginimmediately. Freeman and Parks show how, with the current "All of theAbove" policy, we are, instead, on a path to climate hell. They present a course of action that gives us the best hope of eliminating disastrousclimate change

Many are saying we need to achieve our global warming 2°C goal, but few are carrying out a real plan or fully understand theproblem.  Freeman and Parks evaluate the latest research, technology,and energy policy and lay out a comprehensive strategy with achievablegoals and a clear timeline for when it must be done.   We will need to replace all fossil fuels including coal, oil and naturalgas used for electricity, heating, transportation, and industrialprocesses.  They find thatour only hope is to reduce our emissions by 3% each year for the next 35 years so that we reach zero emissions by 2050. Anything less riskssevere climate disaster.

Freeman and Parks present avision and strategy to achieve a future where all of our energy sourcesare powered with the free fuel of the sun and the wind, we live free ofthe specter of climate change, and one in which we are "Living BetterElectrically."

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About the Author:

S. David Freeman is a leading authority on energy policy. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as head of Tennessee Valley Authority, one of the nations largest electric utilities. After 7 years at TVA, he spent 30 years as the CEO of major public utilities in Texas, California, and New York. He then served as Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles for Energy and the Environment. He is currently a senior advisor to Friends of the Earth and has authored three books on energy including, "A Time to Choose."

Leah Y Parks is an associate editor for ElectricityPolicy.com and Electricity Daily, a journal and daily newsletter that examine current events and the state of the electricity industry for utility executives, commissioners, regulators, and other experts in the field. She is also a freelance writer, has acted as an advisor for technology reports, and has written extensively about innovations in energy storage, smart grid technology, energy infrastructure, and renewable energy.

Review:

"This is a timely and engaging educational book about America's energy future. It rightly focuses on the cleanest and most efficient types of energy and transportation...  It amplifies the vision that an electric America powered by clean, renewable energy will produce significant health, environmental, and cost benefits with little downside. I highly recommend this book for lay audiences, students, and those in the energy sector who would like to be kept up to date in this rapidly-changing field." - MARK Z. JACOBSON, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University

"The U.S. has some big problems that require bold solutions.Unfortunately, books about solutions to our society's problems are often given short shrift by reviewers or languish on ourbookshelves...[All-Electric America] is scathing but optimistic, andmanages to be bold while remaining pragmatic. Drawing on their combinedyears of experience, Freeman and Parks make the case for addressing thedangers of climate change with some concrete steps to counter ourcurrent downward spiral... When All-Electric America comes out inJanuary of 2016 you will have a chance to make yourself knowledgeableabout the real avenues available to us to transform our energyinfrastructure for present and future generations by moving toward a new renewable energy economy..." - RALPH NADER, Consumer advocate, lawyer and author

"One cannot read this book without coming away with an optimistic belief that we, as humans, can handlethis problem. Curing cancer and ending world hunger may be beyond us,but converting to an all-electric future can be done. We have thescience and we have the policies, we just need the political will andthe perseverance." - R.F. HEMPHILL, Former executive VP at AES & CEO of AES Solar Power Ltd.

"David Freeman and Leah Parks have written a book whose importance cannot be understated and whose timeliness is critical...  it is an inspirational book in that the authors show clearly not only why energy sustainability has to be the most important policy issue of our time,but ways to achieve it." -  DAVID DUKE, Associate Professor & Head of Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Acadia University, Canada. 

"This is an excellent book. I strongly recommend reading it..." -  KARL-FRIEDRICH LENZ, Professor of German Law, European Law and International Trade Law, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo.

"This book was a surprise and a revelation. What it does, no less, is propose in the strongest terms that America's electric utilities do two things: (1) step forward boldly and supplant energy suppliers that fuel our buildings and transportation sectors, both of them high-energy use and high carbon emitting and (2) as quickly as possible, end use of fossil-fueled generation and replace it with renewable energy...Check it out." - ROBERT MARRITZ, Publisher and executive editor, ElectricityPolicy.com and Electricity Daily.

"All Electric America is an important piece of work that all of us should read. But, it's also a potent reminder of David Freeman's commitment to be in it for the longhaul. With much work to do to overcome powerful interests intent onslowing progress; we could all do well to follow his example." - ROB SARGENT, Energy Program Director at Environment America.

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