Power to the People

How the Coming Energy Revolution Will Transform an Industry, Change Our Lives, and Maybe Even Save the Planet

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

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"By far the most helpful, entertaining, up-to-date and accessible treatment of the energy-economy-environment problematique available." --John P. Holdren, Scientific American

A fiercely independent and irresistibly entertaining look at the economic, political and technological forces that are reshaping the world's management of energy resources, Power to the People has been hailed as "as good a manifesto for the new energy world as you will find." (Fred Pearce, New Scientist). The Economist's Environment and Energy correspondent, Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran sees great opportunity in the energy realm today, and he documents an energy revolution already under way.

From the corporate boardroom of a Texas oil titan who denies the reality of global warming, to a think tank nestled in the Rocky Mountains where a visionary named Amory Lovins is developing hydrogen fuel-cell technology that could make the internal combustion engine obsolete, Vaitheeswaran gamely pursues the people who hold the keys to our future. Avoiding the traditional divide that pits free markets against the wisdom of conservation and the need for clean energy, Power to the People debunks myths without debunking hope.

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Praise for Power to the People:

"Entertaining...[Vaitheeswaran] paints a vivid picture of an 'energy revolution' that he posits is already under way."--Peter D. Blair, American Scientist

"Well-researched and easy-to-read analysis of the complex and opaque $2 trillion-a-year business of global energy."--Kimberly Song, Far Eastern Economic Review

"A readable, lively survey of today's world of power by a likeable and smart writer." --Peter J. Howe, The Boston Globe

"Razor sharp and far-reaching" --J.C. Comer, Choice Magazine

"Thoroughly researched...Vivid detail without arcane science or thickets of technobabble."--Gabriel Sherman, The New York Observer

"Readers wanting a change from the gloom and doom of some environmental writing will appreciate this work." --Eva Lauteman, Library Journal

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Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is The Economist's Environment and Energy correspondent. Born in Madras, India, he grew up in Connecticut, and graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering. He now lives in New York.

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Power to the People
How the Coming Energy Revolution Will Transform an Industry, Change Our Lives, and Maybe Even Save the Planet
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
January 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374529703
ISBN10: 0374529701
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Includes Notes, a Bibliography, and an Index
$16.00
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