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Alcohol Can Be A Gas!: Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century. By David Blume. With all the conflicting news stories about ethanol, the public can find it difficult to sort fact from fiction. This book explains the history, technology, and even the sociology of renewable fuels in a fashion that can be appreciated by expert and novice alike. It is the only comprehensive book written on alcohol fuel production, its uses for home and farm, and converting vehicles to run on it. Includes step-by-step instructions to help anyone build an ethanol plant or convert their car into an alternative fuel vehicle. More… | David Blume EcoSpeakers Info >>

Biodiesel America: How to Achieve Energy Security, Free America from Middle-east Oil Dependence And Make Money Growing Fuel. By Josh Tickell. Provides a fresh perspective on our oil-laden history (why America is more dependent on oil than any other nation), our present position of energy compromise, and the true potential for a fossil-fuel-free future. Shows that an abundance of available, economically viable, and profitable energy solutions exists. More… | Josh Tickell EcoSpeakers Info >>

Building a Sustainable Society. By Lester Brown. A clarion call to a nation just beginning to crawl from under the "oil shock" of the mid 70s. With this cautionary tale as the centerpiece of his story, Brown gives us a not so subtle warning of what is likely to happen to us: Our modern culture is vectored for an untimely and ignominious death similar to that of the Mayans. More…

Charging Ahead: The Business of Renewable Energy. By John J. Berger. Charging Ahead shows how renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles, when used together, can give us back a clean environment and create a healthy, sustainable economy. More...

Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse-Gas Emissions. By Joseph J. Romm. Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions is not a roadblock to growth and innovation but a unique opportunity to increase profits and productivity. Cool Companies includes fifty case studies in which bottom line improvements have been achieved by improving processes, increasing energy efficiency, and adopting new technologies. Shows managers how they can use the latest technologies to reduce emissions and achieve quick returns on investment. A unique and essential business book. As Kindle | More… | Joseph J. Romm EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Earth Policy Reader. By Lester Brown. Award-winning environmental analyst Lester Brown and his colleagues chart progress in building an eco-economy that is compatible with the earth's ecosystem. Bringing together “Eco-Economy Updates” that are distributed worldwide and published in leading newspapers, The Earth Policy Reader monitors the shift from the old economy to the new. It explains why wind-generated electricity is emerging as key to the new post-fossil fuel energy economy as well as why an eco-economy relies heavily on recycling materials already in the system, such as steel and aluminum. As Kindle | More…

Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth. By Lester Brown. Brown argues that, like the Sumerian and Mayan civilizations, our economy is fast destroying its environmental support systems and threatening future generations. The challenge is to restructure the global economy, replacing our fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy with a new one that is environmentally sustainable. This new economy will be powered not with fossil fuels but with solar and wind energy, and its urban transport systems will be centered not around the automobile but around light rail and the bicycle. As Kindle | More…

From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank. By Josh Tickell and Kaia Tickell. Details all aspects of running diesel engines on vegetable oil. Includes information on biodiesel, the diesel fuel substitute made from new or used vegetable oil, as well as information on running any diesel engine on straight vegetable oil. Packed with history, information, instructions, photos, diagrams and resources. More... | Josh Tickell EcoSpeakers Info >>

From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity. By John Perlin. This classic work tracks the evolution of photovoltaics – solar cells that convert the sun's energy directly into electricity. Perlin's painstaking research results in a fascinating account of the development of this technology, from its shaky nineteenth-century beginnings mired in scientific controversy to its high-visibility success in the space program, to its current position as a versatile and promising power source. For the lay reader, it provides background on a technology that may be our best energy option for the future. More... | John Perlin EcoSpeakers Info >>

Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes, Second Edition. By Aldo V. da Rosa. Explains the scientific and technological principles and processes that enable energy production from safe, renewable, clean sources. It gives readers all the background they need to gain a thorough understanding of the most popular types of renewable energy, including hydrogen, solar power, biomass, wind power, and hydropower. The latest advances in all these technologies are given particular attention, and they are carefully contextualized to help professionals and students grasp the "whys and hows" behind these breakthroughs. More...

The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy. By Dan Chiras. This guide shows you how to slash your home energy costs by tens of thousands of dollars over the coming decades while dramatically reducing your carbon footprint. It starts by outlining the likely impacts of fossil fuel shortages and some basic facts about energy. It then discusses energy conservation to cut energy bills and prepare for renewable energy options. Packed with practical tips and guidelines, it examines each option available to homeowners and focuses on specific strategies needed to replace specific fuels. As Kindle | More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction. By Terry Tamminen. A hard look at the health, environmental, and national security costs hidden in every barrel of oil. While the petroleum industry is raking in huge profits, it is studiously avoiding measures that would lessen the hazards of its products. Using the successful lawsuits by state governments against big tobacco as a model, the author sets forth a bold strategy to hold oil and auto companies accountable and force industry reform. He also offers a blueprint for developing alternative energy sources based on California's real world experiences. As Kindle | More… | Terry Tamminen EcoSpeakers Info >>

Nuclear Madness. By Helen Caldicott, M.D. In this revised, updated, and expanded edition, Dr. Caldicott defines the dangers of this madness – including the insidious influence of the nuclear power industry. As Kindle | More...

The Official Earth Day Guide to Planet Repair. By Denis Hayes. Changes in individual, local, and national energy choices can slow or even stop the dangerous build-up of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere while saving money, helping the economy, and enhancing human health. More... | Denis Hayes EcoSpeakers Info >>

Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. By Lester Brown. Sustaining our early twenty-first century global civilization now depends on shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system. Plan B has three components: (1) a restructuring of the global economy so that it can sustain civilization; (2) an all-out effort to eradicate poverty, stabilize population, and restore hope in order to elicit participation of the developing countries; and (3) a systematic effort to restore natural systems. More…

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. By Lester Brown. In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Kindle | More…

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. By Lester Brown. As fossil fuel prices rise, oil insecurity deepens, and concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging. Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are replacing oil, coal, and natural gas, at a pace and on a scale we could not have imagined even a year ago. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, we have begun investing in energy sources that can last. Plan B 4.0 explores both the nature of this transition and how it will affect our daily lives. As Kindle | More...

Power From the Wind: Achieving Energy Independence. By Dan Chiras, Mick Sagrillo, and Ian Woofenden. Faced with frequent power outages and skyrocketing energy costs, homeowners and businesses are beginning to explore ways to use energy more efficiently. An easy-to-understand guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy systems. Includes information on ways to assess wind resources at your site, installation of wind turbines, towers, inverters, and batteries, system maintenance, and costs. Designed to help readers make the smartest, most economical choices. As Kindle | More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

Power Surge: Guide to the Coming Energy Revolution. By Christopher Flavin. "Nearly unnoticed by government and industry, the world energy economy has entered a period of rapid change that may be as far-reaching as the computer and telecommunications revolutions," according to Power Surge. "The giant oil refineries and coal-fired power plants that energized the twentieth century soon may be relics of the industrial revolution, as obsolete as the typewriter or Model T Ford." More…

Renewable Energy. By Godfrey Boyle. Provides a comprehensive overview of the principal types of renewable energy, including solar thermal, photovoltaics, bioenergy, hydro, tidal, wind, wave and geothermal. In addition, it explains the underlying physical and technological principles of renewable energy and examines the environmental impact and future prospects of different energy sources. It includes over 350 detailed illustrations, more than fifty data tables, and a wide range of case studies. More...

Renewable Energy Policy. By Paul Komor. How do we move renewable energy technologies out of the laboratory and into widespread use? Renewable Energy Policy shows what public policy can – and cannot – do to help tap renewables' promise. It takes a pragmatic look at the myriad government efforts to promote renewables, and reports back on what works, what doesn't, and why. In clear, jargon-free language, it shows how and why some policies have achieved impressive results, and others have failed. Skillfully interweaving technology, economics, and politics, it reveals how policy ideas can have unintended results. More… | Paul Komor EcoSpeakers Info >>

Renewable Energy: Sustainable Energy Concepts for the Future. By Roland Wengenmayr and Thomas Buhrke. Provides a contemporary overview of renewable energy. Scientists focus on how photovoltaic, solar power, wind power, hydropower, geothermal energy, fuel cells, and hydrogen work. Presented in full-color with informational diagrams and information boxes. As Kindle | More...

Running on Empty: Future of the Motor Car in an Oil-short World. By Lester Brown. Reviews the history of the automobile and how we got into the mess we’re in. The primary point is that the personal car will have to be small and fuel-efficient. More…

Saving the Planet: How to Shape an Environmentally Substainable Global Economy. By Lester Brown, Christopher Flavin, and Sandra Postel. The authors of the highly acclaimed State of the World series elaborate on their vision of a global economy that does not destroy its own natural support systems. Authoritative yet extremely readable, this book addresses control of energy resources, population, poverty, transportation, taxes, and other issues necessary to create an environmentally sound global economy. More…

The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling. By Dan Chiras. Passive solar heating and cooling can reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few architects or builders really understand the principles involved. Now that energy efficiency has become standard, it is easier to create a comfortable and affordable passive solar house that will provide year-round comfort in any climate. This book explains how builders can succeed with solar designs and how ventilation and filtering techniques can complement solar strategies. As Kindle | More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Twenty Ninth Day. By Lester Brown. Covers the major trends that are bringing us ever closer to limits – the growing gap between population and food supply, deforestation, desertification, pollution and its effect on climate, energy, and resource depletion. On each a wealth of data is provided. More…

Winning the Oil Endgame. By Jonathan Koomey, Amory B. Lovins, E. Kyle Datta et al. Describes a plan for reducing U.S. oil use by 50% by 2025 and ending foreign oil dependency. The plan is market-based and uses existing technology. Elements include more efficient oil and natural gas use, superefficient vehicles, and development of cellulostic ethanol. More… | Jonathan Koomey EcoSpeakers Info >>

World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse.  By Lester Brown. In this urgent time, World on the Edge calls out the pivotal environmental issues and how to solve them now. Can we close coal-fired power plants fast enough to save the Greenland ice sheet and avoid catastrophic sea level rise? Can we raise water productivity fast enough to halt the depletion of aquifers and avoid water-driven food shortages? Can we cope with peak water and peak oil at the same time? Bringing decades of research and analysis into play, Brown provides the responses needed to reclaim our future. As Kindle | More…

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