The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future

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Earthscan, 2004 - Business & Economics - 347 pages
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The global economy and our way of life are based on the exploitation of fossil fuels, which not only threaten massive environmental and social disruption through global warming but, at present rates of consumption, will run out within decades, causing huge industrial dislocation and economic collapse. Even before then, the conflicts it causes in the Middle East and elsewhere will be frighteningly exacerbated.

The alternative exists: renewable energy from renewable sources - above all, solar. Substituting renewable for fossil resources will take a new industrial revolution to avert the worst of the damage and establish a new international order. It can be done, and it can be done in time.

The Solar Economy, by one of the world's most effective analysts and advocates, lays out the blueprints, showing how the political, economic and technological challenges can be met using indigenous, renewable and universally available resources, and the enormous opportunities and benefits that will flow from doing so.


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Scheer does a great job of illustrating how solar is not only a technological break through, but it is also a social movement. With financing, solar can be obtained with zero down and save money the first month... view it as you would a vehicle purchase and with equity in your home or great credit, you can economically save with a renewable resource.
Mark Perlin Connecting Communities to Save on Solar through Collective Bargaining

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From fossil fuels to solar power
Captivity or liberation
The pathological politics of fossil resources
Throwing off the fossil supply chains
Towards a solar economy
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Herman Scheer, winner of TIME Magazine's 'Heroes of the Green Century' for his national and international commitment for Renewable Energy. HERMANN SCHEER is a Member of Parliament for the German Government, the Deutscher Bundestag. In addition, he is President of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energies, and General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy. He has been awarded several prizes in recognition of his work and achievements, receiving the Alternative Nobel Prize in 1999, the World Solar Prize in 1998 and the World Prize for BioEnergy in 2000.

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