Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy

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Island Press, Aug 13, 2009 - Business & Economics - 416 pages
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In 1961, President John F. Kennedy ignited America’s Apollo Project and sparked a revolution in space exploration. Today the New Apollo Energy Project is poised to revolutionize the production of energy and thereby save our planet. The nation that built the world’s most powerful rockets, its most advanced computers, and its most sophisticated life support systems is ready to create the world’s most powerful solar energy systems, its most advanced wind energy turbines, and its most sophisticated hybrid cars. This will result in nothing less than a second American Revolution. Who are the dreamers in California who believe they can use mirrors and liquid metal to wring more electricity from a ray of sunshine than anyone else on earth can?

 

Who are the innovators who have built a contraption that can turn the energy of a simple wave off the Oregon coast into burnt toast in Idaho? Who are the scientists in Massachusetts who have invented a battery that now runs your hand drill and will soon run your car? Readers will meet them all in this book. They will learn how the new energy economy will grow, the research that is required, and the legislation that must be passed to make the vision a reality.

 

This is a thoughtful, optimistic book, based on sound facts. No one before has tied together the concepts of economic growth and greenhouse gas reductions with such concrete examples. No one has previously told the real stories of the people who are right now on the front lines of the energy revolution. The co-authors, one a U.S. Congressman who is the primary sponsor of the New Apollo Energy Act, and the other the founder of the Apollo Alliance, have joined their experience, expertise, and passion for a clean energy future to lay out the path to stop global warming and gain energy independence.

  

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Review: Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy

User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

In Environmental Studies, we were bombarded with stories of the bad things happening in the environment. This book was refreshing in that it reminded the reader that good things are happening. I ... Read full review

Review: Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy

User Review  - Teresa Trowbridge - Goodreads

Great introduction to the issues of Clean Energy. A little long winded in some area. Somewhat basic for me. Read full review

Contents

Global Warming Comes to the White HouseOr Doesnt
23
Reinventing the Car
36
Becoming Mahatma
63
Surviving Enron
89
From the South Bronx to Oakland
109
We Dont Need Oil
143
False Starts on the Road to Success
175
A Mind Opened about Mined Coal
193
New Coalitions for Change
223
A Tale of Two Presidents
255
Placing Our Bets on a New Apollo Project
299
Epilogue
309
Acknowledgments
325
Index
359
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Jay Inslee is a Representative in the United States House of Representatives, representing the First District of the State of Washington, in the Seattle area. He is a recognized leader in Congress on energy issues and is the prime sponsor of the New Apollo Energy Act, a comprehensive plan to build a clean energy economy in America. Congressman Inslee was elected in 1998 and serves on the Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He was recently named by Nancy Pelosi to the new House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Bracken Hendricks is a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress and former executive director of the Apollo Alliance, an organization of environmental organizations, businesses, and labor organizations dedicated to building a new energy future for America. Mr. Hendricks formerly served as Special Assistant to the Office of Vice President Al Gore and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he worked on the Interagency Climate Change Working Group. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.