Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World
Eco Ten Publishing (2010)
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (05/10)
Tom Rand looks at renewable energy sources, clean energy industries, green technology, and energy development as he looks at our options regarding diminishing our reliance on fossil fuels in his book “Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit.”
The impressive charts, diagrams, and hundreds of spectacular color photos capture the readers’ attention and enable them to pick up this otherwise imposing voluminous amount of thoroughly-researched and well-documented data. Rand begins by discussing solar thermal systems and power plants, thermal power stations, sun catcher solar discs, and innovational optics with two access solar tracking around the world.
Rand talks about wind turbines, describes the wind farms familiar throughout the nation, offshore, turbines, and tubercle technology. He explores the topics of geothermal energy and how it works. As with the other technologies Rand points out the potential and pitfalls of three generations of bio-fuels. He covers the history and development of hydropower.
Among the other technologies considered by Rand are the oceans, wave energy, and tidal flows. He also discusses smart buildings (ultra low energy) and revised building codes. Another chapter is dedicated to a discussion of transportation including: expanded use of bicycles, the development of electric cars, taking a look at air ships, and the use of sky-meters. The final chapters of the book deal with efficiency and conservation and internet energy.
The important essays accompanying the ten clean technologies will ignite awareness among the general public, provide affirmation for the environmentalist of the dramatic changes taking place, add to the fuel for debate among the experts and politicians, and make available highly readable information for the honest student advocating the conservation of energy. The essay “The Basic Stuff” stands on the premise that “if something is based on theory, we can say we know it.”
The discussion on green bond financing for the various technologies is a feasible policy that would involve the public rather than that of creating an atmosphere of scare and fear. However the proposed costs of any of these projects are astronomical and would require the majority cooperation of all the nations of the world.
In “Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit” Tom Rand offers a careful analysis of the leading technologies under consideration for creating clean energy. Rand’s writing is highly readable. His engaging narrative and superlative photos, offer convincing evidence that we, as public citizens, need to explore personally, the issues of green technology and energy development and the impact on our hope for the future.