The Guilty Environmentalist

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Trafford Publishing, 2003 - Nature - 237 pages
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The Guilty Environmentalist is a collection of essays, musings, and political fantasies from award-winning humorist and energy journalist Arthur O'Donnell. Join the Guilty Environmentalist as he trips lightly through this exploration of the history and foibles of the electric utility industry - from the very beginnings of the Age of Electricity to the aftermath of California's most recent energy crisis.

Selected from the best of the "Bottom Lines" columns carried in the nationally acclaimed California Energy Markets newsletter over the past decade, "The Guilty Environmentalist" provides a unique - and frequently hilarious - perspective on a crucial industry that most people take for granted until the lights go out.

 

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Contents

The Guilty Environmentalist
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Power RoadNot Ready for Prime Time TV
8
Spotlight on the Watts
13
The Last Time There Was Gas Price Competition
17
Regulation To Fit the Times
22
Enhancing PizzaonPizza Competition
27
Stormin the Norms of Military Metaphors
31
How Conservation and Efficiency Begat DSM
35
Sunk Costsin standard economic terms an
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RealTime Metera futuristic device created by
130
Americas Other Renewable Resource
131
A New Mascot for the Utility Industry
136
Mascot Nominee No 1 Chicken LittleChoice
137
Mascot Nominee No 2 Nukie the Stranded bAssett Hound
138
Mascot Nominee No 3 Windy the Woebegone Windmill
139
Mascot Nominee No 5 Connie the Confused Consumer
140

Visiting the Regulatory Policy House of Mystery
40
A Black Market for Btus
43
Nuclear Power According to the Simpsons
46
The Guilty Environmentalist Drives Again
50
Taming Electrical Fire and Harvesting the Wind
53
Dispatch from the 15th Floor
57
The Guilty Environmentalist at Home
61
The Guilty Environmentalist Lights a Fire
64
Tracking the Wandering Tribe of the BRPU
67
In Search of the 1982 Ratepayer Revolt
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The Winter of Discontent
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The Guilty Environmentalists Home Inefficiency Audit
83
Our Whole Lifestyle
86
The Bunnymooners
90
Electric Competition Pizza and Aluminum Cans
94
Alternatives to RegulationA Minority Report
98
Confidentiality RequestsWe recognize that in a more
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Nuclear Stranded AssetsThe commission is unwilling at
100
Ex Parte CommunicationsAlthough we are not
101
The Blue Book Restructuring InvestigationFinally the
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The Free Marketeers at the Door
104
The Watts Keep Ahead of the Wave
109
The QFs of Wrath
112
NIMBY by the Bay
116
It Happened in Hunters Point
118
The Angel From Left Field
121
The Devils Dictionary of Restructuring Terms
126
Blue Booka brilliantly conceived and authoritatively
127
POOLCoinitially suggested in a sentenceandahalf
128
The Transmission Towers of Tehama an Electrifying Love Story
142
Like Cooking with Gas
146
The Bullards Bar Ladies Investment Society Takes on the Marines
150
That Sinking Feeling
155
Games Children Play
158
How Kale Energy Became Certified Organic
163
Living in the Past Electrically
167
The Rise and Fall of Samuel Insull
171
The man behind it all
174
Following Folsoms Thread Through Power History
179
Resurrecting Reddy Kilowatt
183
The Guilty Environmentalist in the House of Louie
186
The Ghost of Sam Insull
191
George and Adele Say Goodbye
196
Sim Salmon 2000
201
The Great TV Detectives Crack Californias Market Power Mystery
205
Californias Festival of Darkness
210
The FaithBased Energy Plan
215
The Congested Path
218
Staring at her computer Wanda picks up
219
Governor Gravus faces the lunchtime
220
Electric Coup dÉtat
221
State Senator Warren Peas loosens his tie
223
Secretary of State Phit Altheangles and
224
Taking an Advanced Course in Utility Ratemaking
225
All Things to All People
229
A OneSided Conversation with Ken Lay
234
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Arthur O'Donnell, the San Francisco-based "Energy Overseer," is an award-winning journalist who covers energy and utility issues.

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