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.