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Who Turned Out the Lights
Your Guided Tour To The Energy Crisis
by Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson

From the editors of PublicAgenda.org comes an entertaining, irreverent, and absolutely essential nonpartisan guide to the energy crisis

ENERGY: It's a problem that never goes away (despite our best efforts as a nation to ignore it). Why has there been so much talk and so little action? In Who Turned Out the Lights? Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson offer a much-needed reality check: The "Drill, Baby, Drill" versus "Every Day Is Earth Day" battle is not solving our problems, and the finger-pointing is just holding us up.

Sorting through the political posturing and confusing techno-speak, they provide a fair-minded, "let's skip the jargon" explanation of the choices we face. And chapters such as "It's All Right Now (In Fact It's a Gas)" prove that, while the problem is serious, getting a grip on it doesn't have to be. In the end, the authors present options from the right, left, and center but take just one position: The country must change the way it gets and uses energy, and the first step is to understand the choices.

About the authors:

Scott Bittle, co-author of Who Turned Out the Lights: Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis, is executive editor of PublicAgenda.org, where he has prepared citizen guides on more than twenty major issues including the federal budget deficit, Social Security, and the economy. He is also the website director for Planet Forward, an innovative PBS program designed to bring citizen voices to the energy debate.

Jean Johnson, co-author of Who Turned Out the Lights: Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis, is co-founder of PublicAgenda.org, and has written articles and op-eds for USA Today, Education Week, School Board News, Educational Leadership, and the Huffington Post Website.

Who Turned Out The Lights? hit the nail squarely on the head by giving an honest opinion of the current energy crisis. The book gives a running commentary on the history of energy usage from the industrial revolution through the energy crunch that we now face. It takes a serious look at geo-political squabbles over gas and oil and what is seen as ever developing environmental issues. Not only does the book highlight the need to make changes in the way we use fossil fuels, it also takes a hard look at other sources of energy such as natural gas, bio-fuels, wind, nuclear, hydroelectric, solar, and other usable fuels. This is a book that everyone should read. By John Roberts, Project Manager of MoneyMatters101.com.

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