Endorsements from environmentalists
The quest for safe, secure and sustainable energy poses one of the most
critical challenges of our age. But how much energy do we need, and can we
get it all from renewable sources? David MacKay sets out to find the answer
through a forensic numerical analysis of what we use and what we can
produce. His conclusions starkly reveal the difficult choices that must
urgently be taken and readers interested in how we will power our society in
the future will find this an illuminating read. For anyone with influence on
energy policy, whether in government, business or a campaign group, this
book should be compulsory reading. This is a technically precise and
readable account of the challenges ahead. It will be a core reference on my
shelf for many years to come.
Former Executive Director, Friends of the Earth (England, Wales, and Northern Ireland)
and Vice Chair, Friends of the Earth International
Preventing climate chaos will require sophisticated and well informed
social, economic and technological choices. Economic and social
`laws' are not immutable -- politicians can and should reshape
economics to deliver renewable energy and lead cultural change to save
energy -- but MacKay reminds us that even they ``canna change the laws
of physics"! MacKay's book alone doesn't have all the answers, but it
provides a solid foundation to help us make well-informed choices, as
individuals and more importantly as societies.
Chief Executive, Friends of the Earth Scotland
Everyone who cares about the survival of humanity should read this book.
It's packed with facts and statistics about solutions, and shows that we must stop arguing
about which is cheapest or best, because we need all of them. I've been reading books about
energy and climate change for the last 20 years, and this is the best yet.
Co-founder, Climate Answers
and former Executive Director of Greenpeace UK.
"A brilliant book. In setting out just how hard it is to decarbonise our
energy system, it pulls no punches. I loved most of it, and disagreed
violently with parts of it, which, I think, is exactly what David intended."
vice-chair, Sustainable Development Commission
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