Who Turned Out the Lights? : Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-27
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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From the editors of PublicAgenda.org comes an entertaining, irreverent, and absolutely essential nonpartisan guide to the energy crisis.

Author Biography

Scott Bittle is executive editor of PublicAgenda.org, where he has prepared citizen guides on more than twenty major issues including the federal budget deficit, Social Security, and the economy. He is also the website director for Planet Forward, an innovative PBS program designed to bring citizen voices to the energy debate. A co-founder of PublicAgenda.org, Jean Johnson has written articles and op-eds for USA Today, Education Week, School Board News, Educational Leadership, and the Huffington Post website.

Table of Contents

Preface: Where We're Coming Fromp. xv
Six Reasons the United States Needs to Get Its Energy Act Togetherp. 1
Playing the Blame Game
The Great Energy Debate Pop Quiz
Suppose People in China Really Start Living the Way We Do
Groundhog Day, or Haven't We Seen This Movie Before?p. 24
America's Energy Chronicles, or How We Got to Where We Are Today
Giving the Voters What They Wantp. 36
Seemed Like a Good idea at the Time, or How Three Flawed Ideas Could Get Us Off Trackp. 43
A Message to Our Readers
The Basics: Ten Facts You Need to Knowp. 57
The Great All-in-One Fossil Fuel Centerfold
Double, Double, Oil, and Troublep. 81
Peak Oil, or When Will We Run Out?
The Return of Snidely Whiplash: Are Evil Speculators to Blame?
You Load Sixteen Tons and What Do You Get?p. 110
Clean Coal: The Ad Wars
It's All Right Now (In Fact, It's a Gas)p. 129
Time for the Nuclear Option?p. 141
Chernobyl and Three Mile Island: Twice-Told Tales
As Long as the Wind Blows and the Sun Shinesp. 162
Dam It: Hydroelectric Power
Looking for the Newest Hot Spots: Geothermal Power
Grid and Bear It: Why the United States Needs a New Electricity Grid
No Place Like [an Energy-Efficient] Homep. 193
Are We Looking to Live in All the Wrong Places?
On the Rebound: Why More Efficiency Doesn't
Always Save Energy
Driven to Distractionp. 211
The Big Bang Theory of Auto Safety
Take Your Pick: Food or Fuel?
Looking for Mr. Wizardp. 235
Green-Collar Jobs, You Say? Name Some
Sitting on Top of the World247
Setting the Global Thermostat: How to Tell if We're Really
Making Progress on Climate Change
So Now What? Ideas from the Left, Right, and Centerp. 261
This Little Piggy Went to Market; This Little Piggy Passed Laws
President Obama's Promises
The Reality Showp. 292
Acknowledgmentsp. 301
Notesp. 303
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