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Who Owns the Sun? People, Politics, and the Struggle for a Solar Economy

Berman, Daniel M., and O'Connor, John T.

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ISBN 10: 0930031865 / ISBN 13: 9780930031862
Published by Chelsea Green Publishing Co, White River Junction, VT, 1996
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331, notes, index, ink name & notation on fr endpaper, DJ somewhat worn, soiled, & edge tears/chips, minor discolor to bottom of bd. Foreword by Ralph Nader. Environmental activists Berman and O'Connor have written a critique of U.S. energy generation and use in which they lay the blame for the decline of the solar industry on the electric utilities and their allies in Washington, DC, and state capitals. Beginning with a short history of U. S. energy policy, they detail the accomplishments of solar-power pioneers and enthusiasts, then depict an industry addicted to fossil fuels that is leading the country down a dangerous path. Solar technologies--including photovoltaics, wind and hydroelectric turbines, and solar water-and space-heating--are more cost-effective than ever before, and they offer an inexhaustible source of power for the entire planet. The authors argue that democratic control of solar energy is the key to revitalizing America. A decentralized solar economy would bring thousands of new jobs to local communities that would no longer be exporting millions of energy dollars every year to transnational corporations and oil cartels. Bookseller Inventory # 43852

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Title: Who Owns the Sun? People, Politics, and the ...

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co, White River Junction, VT

Publication Date: 1996

Book Condition: very good, good

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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Narrated against a backdrop of diminishing fossil fuels, environmental degradation, avaricious corporations, and worldwide competition for natural resources, Who Owns the Sun? shows how existing solar technologies combined with local management present logical remedies for our energy gluttony.

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An impassioned, well-defended argument for solar power in the place of our current fossil-fuel-based economy. Two decades ago, environmentalists Berman and O'Connor write, Jimmy Carter installed a solar water heater on the White House roof, donned a cardigan, and announced that the ongoing energy crisis was ``the moral equivalent of war.'' One of Ronald Reagan's first acts as president, however, was to order the heater removed, and during his tenure Department of Energy support for research into solar buildings fell from $100 million to just $1 million. The authors maintain that subsequent administrations have been no better at exploring alternative sources of energy, leading to imbroglios like the Gulf War. They trace this problem to a number of causes, not least the political influence of oil and utilities concerns, and they argue, as have many other writers, that we have an unhealthy addiction to fossil fuels and nuclear power. The authors are sometimes zealously simpleminded, as when they claim that the landlords of Hawaii oppose solar power because water heaters would be ``an extra maintenance hassle'' (and not, as may be the case, because such heaters are expensive to purchase and install). But drawing on the work of ``soft energy'' expert Amory Lovins, they demonstrate convincingly that converting to a solar- or mixed-energy economy would in the long run be profitable for all concerned, and certainly more environmentally sound. They offer reasoned suggestions as to how this conversion might be effected, including wedding microchip manufacture to photovoltaic production, because both use similar technologies; and they urge government agencies and private citizens alike to move ``renewable-energy issues into the mainstream political discourse.'' A thoughtful, provocative, and accessible book that should inspire much discussion in green circles. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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