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Who owns the sun? People politics and the struggle for the solar economy

Who owns the sun? People politics and the struggle for the solar economy
SKU wots/518/0000
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Weight 0.60 Kg
Author Daniel T. Berman, John T. O'Connor
Binding Paperback: 350 pages
ISBN-13 978-1890132088
ISBN-10 189013208X
Condition Used - like new
Publisher Chelsea Green Pub Co
Published date 1997
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Environmental activists Berman and O'Connor offer a scathing explanation of why solar technology has played such an insignificant role in meeting America's energy needs.

Politicians, utility companies and even many mainstream environmental groups come under attack for either their lack of leadership on this issue or for their downright hostility to solar possibilities.

The authors argue convincingly that the impediment to widespread adoption of environmentally friendly energy sources is no longer technological but rather the fear that private utility companies' profit margins will suffer. Numerous examples of the ways in which renewable energy advances have been sabotaged by politicians and utilities are presented, as are a wide array of solutions. The most interesting solutions include public ownership of utilities, enlightened building codes favourable or at least neutral to solar technology, utility company buy-backs of excess electricity generated by homeowners, tax breaks for the installation of non-polluting sources of power, removal of massive governmental subsidies of fossil fuels and equalization of governmental research dollars for renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Where such reforms are already in place, in the Netherlands and Israel, for example, solar energy is playing a very significant social role. A stimulating analysis and call to action.
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