James Rus­sell

El­e­ment edi­tor

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Af­ter a par­tic­u­larly heavy night on the B&H Golds back in the day, I was in­spired to go to the li­brary and seek out Allen Carr’s best-sell­ing book Easy Way to Give Up Smok­ing.

It bored me sense­less, but it worked. Rather than de­scribe the fath­om­less depths of my stu­pid­ity and the hack­ing hell for which my lungs were des­tined, Carr sold me a life of hap­pi­ness, of smell-the-roses fri­vol­ity.

350.org founder Bill McKibben, when writ­ing on why just over half of US cit­i­zens be­lieve cli­mate change is caused by hu­mans, when 97.1% of cli­mate sci­en­tists know it is (2.2% are un­sure, 0.7 say it isn’t), stated: “Since all of us are in some way the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of cheap fos­sil fuel, tack­ling cli­mate change has been like try­ing to build a move­ment against your­self – it’s as if the gay-rights move­ment had to be con­structed en­tirely from evan­gel­i­cal preach­ers, or the abo­li­tion move­ment from slave­hold­ers.”

Well, get ready for the Alan Carr of en­ergy the­ory. In the fol­low­ing pages ten of this coun­try’s ex­perts in the fields of elec­tric­ity, bio-en­ergy, mi­cro gen­er­a­tion, elec­tric ve­hi­cles, the built en­vi­ron­ment and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency will show us all how a clean en­ergy fu­ture is not some utopian ideal, but an achiev­able re­al­ity, us­ing tech­nolo­gies al­ready avail­able to us, and on an en­tirely di­ver­gent path from the cur­rent govern­ment’s drill-ev­ery­thing man­date.

It’s our chance to give up smok­ing.

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