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Power To The People

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Power From The People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects

Chelsea Green Publishing (September 2012)
Foreword by Van Jones

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More than ninety percent of the electricity we use to light our communities, and nearly all the energy we use to run our cars, heat our homes, and power our factories comes from large, centralized, highly polluting, nonrenewable sources of energy.

It doesn’t have to be that way. In Power from the People, energy expert Greg Pahl explains how American communities can plan, finance, and produce their own local, renewable energy that is reliable, safe, and clean.

Pahl uses examples from around the nation and the world to explore how homeowners, co-ops, nonprofits, governments, and businesses are already putting power in the hands of local communities through distributed energy programs and energy-efficiency measures.

Renewable, community power is a necessary step on the path to energy security and community resilience, particularly as we face peak oil, cope with climate change, and address the need to transition to a more sustainable future.

"Greg Pahl's superb guide to community energy and how to unlock its potential is essential reading for anyone interested in the economic future of the place they live. As a Community Resilience Guide it is just that--a powerful guide showing how enhancing your community's resilience is a key form of economic development. And there is nowhere better to start than with rethinking our relationship to energy. You will find yourself waking up at 3 a.m. to scribble down the ideas and actions that this book has inspired. Make sure you keep a pen and paper by the bed." —Rob Hopkins, author of The Transition Companion

Citizen Powered Energy Handbook

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The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Crisis

Chelsea Green Publishing (February 2007)
Foreword by Richard Heinberg

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In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Al Gore's summer blockbuster An Inconvenient Truth, and crude oil prices soaring to all time highs, more people than ever know the truth about our oil addiction. Global Warming is here. M. King Hubbert's oil peak is approaching (or already here). The secret's out: fossil fuel reserves are dwindling and popular interest has created the need for accessible, realistic solutions.

The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook, a clear-eyed view of the critical situation we face, offers ways out. Greg Pahl examines energy technologies currently available and hones in on renewable energy strategies that can be adopted by individuals and communities. Such cooperative initiatives have been common in Europe for years and are beginning to gain a foothold in the US. Each chapter focuses on a different renewable energy category—solar, wind, water, biomass, liquid biofuels, and geothermal—then reviews their advantages and disadvantages and describes numerous examples of successful, proven local initiatives.

The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook is an eloquent appeal for community and regional action to initiate an array of solutions to energy needs until now controlled by large, distant utilities and consortiums. It is time to take back control of the energy and environmental challenges ahead; this book will help people do just that. It is a handbook for anyone ready to take the first steps towards a more sustainable future.

biodiesel: growing a new energy economy

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Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy, Second Edition

Chelsea Green Publishing (September, 2008)
Foreword by Bill McKibben

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For anyone who is trying to keep up with the extremely rapid developments in the biodiesel industry, the second edition of Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy is an invaluable aid. The breathtaking speed with which biodiesel has gained acceptance in the marketplace in the past few years has been exceeded only by the proliferation of biodiesel production facilities around the United States--and the world--only to confront new social and environmental challenges and criticisms.

The international survey of the biodiesel industry has been expanded from 40 to more than 80 countries, reflecting the spectacular growth of the industry around the world. This section also tracks the dramatic shifts in the fortunes of the industry that have taken place in some of these nations. The detailed chapters that cover the industry in the United States have also been substantially rewritten to keep abreast of its many new developments and explosive domestic growth. An expanded section on small-scale, local biodiesel production has been added to better represent this small but growing part of the industry. Another new section has been added to more fully explore the increasingly controversial issues of deforestation and food versus fuel, as well as GMO crops. The second edition concludes with updated views on where the industry is headed in the years to come from some of its key players.

Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options

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Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options

Chelsea Green Publishing (2003)
! Winner of 2004 Independent Publisher Book Award !

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The first comprehensive guide to heating your home with renewable energy sources. Greg Pahl takes you on a clear, organized tour of all available home heating options, laying out their advantages and disadvantages. Learn how to design or retrofit a house that can be heated comfortably with minimal environmental and financial impact.

Consider:
—95% of American homes are heated with fossil fuels or electricity (which is generated mainly by fossil fuels).
—Oil and gas prices are up by more than 20% as supplies dwindle and sources become less reliable.
—Home heating costs could double or even triple in the event of a fuel crisis.
—The fossil fuel economy is unsustainable.
—There are viable, clean, healthy, and affordable home heating alternatives!

Learn how to burn environmentally friendly bio-diesel fuels, not just in your car, but in your furnace. Find out how a ground-source heat pump works and why it can achieve 400% heating efficiency. Discover what it takes to make burning wood truly sustainable. Natural Home Heating explains all these details and more, making it unique in the marketplace.

"Here is the comprehensive guide to heating your home without heating up the planet. For warm feet and a clear conscience, this is the book you need." —Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, and Enough! Staying Human in an Engineered World

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Saving the Environment

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Saving the Environment

Alpha Books (2001)

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This is a comprehensive look at the ways you can make every day Earth Day. You will learn how the environment got into the mess it's in and how we can improve it by reducing, reusing, and recycling at home, at work, and everywhere else. The book also explores sustainability and related issues such as renewable energy, transportation, living patterns, population, green plans, and how you can get involved.

"The first thing we noticed was that the subjects addressed go well beyond the usual. The issue of "the environment" isn't a simple one and to that end the volume, unlike most, admirably addresses its less obvious aspects like the influence of TV, overconsumption, overpopulation, sprawl, social justice, corporate subsidies, factory farming and others factors whose links to our current ecological dilemmas tend to be overlooked. In short, this title has all that you'd expect from a general environmental guidebook and a whole lot more. It may be a Complete Idiot's Guide, but it's remarkably complete, and so deserves to be read by more than just idiots."—Seventh Generation, Burlington, Vermont

Note: A limited number of copies of this book, signed by the author, are available for $16.00 each. Free shipping (in U.S.). Makes a great gift. Click here to contact the author for details.

Unofficial Guide to Beating Debt

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The Unofficial Guide to Beating Debt

IDG Books (2000)

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In his first book, Greg Pahl looks at sustainable living from a financial perspective. There are millions of Americans who, for one reason or another, are facing serious financial difficulties. If you are one of them, this book offers many useful strategies for everything from undoing years of debt to putting your credit reputation back together. But in addition to the usual financial advice, this book goes one step further, by suggesting a number of ways of using your debt experiences to improve other aspects of your life as well.

"This book is loaded with practical, money-saving tips and strategies for dealing with everything from banks to the IRS. It's a solid reference work, but special sections dealing with "credit problem psychology"—accepting responsibility for your debts, understanding what motivates bad spending, dealing with anxiety—as well as "Escape from Affluenza," "Downshifting," "Voluntary Simplicity," and "The New American Dream" take this book out of the formulaic self-help genre and lift it into a category all its own."—Ellen Michaud, Book Review Editor, Friends Journal

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