Filmmaker Ivy Meeropol tells us what it’s like inside a nuclear power plant with her documentary “Indian Point.” And S. David Freeman tells us about how activists convinced the power company PG&E to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in central California.
“Given the persistence of fossil fuels, it’s tough to imagine how Ready KiloWatt and his gang can power an optimistic, realistic new era. And with ever-more gizmos guzzling juice, does energy efficiency have a prayer?
YES! say former utility CEO and energy policy authority S. David Freeman and today’s Earthworms guest, energy journalist Leah Y. Parks. They are co-authors of a great new book, All-Electric America – A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future (2016, Solar Flare Press). This book is a terrific summary of clean energy options, clearly explaining solar to storage, economics to electric cars – backed by current examples from U.S. cities, businesses, utilities and points of techno-evolution.
Dave Freeman remains optimistic after 7+ decades of energy work, as an architect of the US EPA during the Nixon era, as L.A.’s Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment, and as CEO of utilities in Texas, California and New York. Leah Parks represents their research and writing partnership with clear enthusiasm for the many ways clean electrical technology is HERE, and how even utility evolution inertia is being overcome, in examples like Vermont’s Green Mountain Power and Oregon’s Pacific Power.
Could America’s clean energy future be plugged in and powering up right now? This Earthworms conversation says, energetically, YES!”
“The modern day Edisons have done their job. We need not wait any longer. We are poised to wake up to a world running completely on renewable energy. Waiting any longer is like saying we shouldn’t have used the personal computer in 1985 until the smartphone was invented. In their new book, “All-Electric America,” authors S. DAVID FREEMAN, former utility CEO, and LEAH Y PARKS, a journalist in the electricity industry, explain how making the transition to an all-electric, all renewable society by the year 2050 is necessary, practical, and achievable. An energy infrastructure powered by the sun and wind and running on electricity, for all our energy needs, will be reliable, cleaner, safer, and CHEAPER. It will be superior to the system we have today and will lead to a better future.”
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“Leah Y Parks, co-author of All-Electric America , explained how making the transition to an all-electric, all renewable society by the year 2050 is necessary, practical, and achievable. An energy infrastructure powered by the sun and wind & running on electricity, for all our energy needs, will be reliable, cleaner, safer, and CHEAPER. It will be superior to the system we have today and will lead to a better future.”
“Author Leah Parks talks about her book, All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, presenting a practical course of action offering the best hope for eliminating disastrous climate change.”
“On Radioactivity Wednesday we were joined by Leah Y. Parks, who along with S. David Freeman authored the new book All Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, which posits that cheaper and better technology will allow the United States to be completely run on renewable energy by 2050. She discussed how improvements in technology and storage capabilities, falling prices, and progress made by some US cities and other countries could make a completely clean energy infrastructure possible in the near future. “
“Our guest was Leah Parks, who is co-author, with S. David Freeman, of All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, recently published by Solar Flare Press. … She and David state, “We can now power all of our energy needs with electricity generated completely by renewable energy.” In the interview, she explained how this can happen with existing and developing technology and outlined the steps that are required by the government, utilities, and above all, individuals, to make this happen. We found this to be an especially upbeat interview and were persuaded by the arguments.”
“Toward the end of what was billed as a public conversation with S. David Freeman, a young woman in the audience invited the former TVA director to come back to Knoxville Aug. 25 and rally a citizens’ group before they converge on a TVA board meeting to demand greater attention to energy efficiency.”
David Freeman’s autobiography and a fascinating history of energy policy in America over the last 50 years. This book will inspire people to overcome early setbacks and live their dreams. It reveals that when you speak your mind, you can get bad people to do good things.