Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, points out that since 1985, Americas consumption has climbed, fuel efficiency has stagnated, and our crippling dependence on foreign oil is as big as it has ever been. He now issues a call to action, for Congress, the energy industry, and the public, and calls for a new American revolution--an energy and ...
Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, points out that since 1985, Americas consumption has climbed, fuel efficiency has stagnated, and our crippling dependence on foreign oil is as big as it has ever been. He now issues a call to action, for Congress, the energy industry, and the public, and calls for a new American revolution--an energy and climate revolution.
I really enjoyed this book. Governor Richardson is both knowledgeable and passionate about the importance of changing our fossil fuel ways. He ties our dependence on oil to our dependence on Middle Eastern regimes otherwise not allies of a democratic republic. He makes a strong case for big savings by increasing efficiency and developing our economy around developing renewable energy industries. He withdrew from the presidential race as I was reading this. I hope that he will continue to make his beliefs known.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-09-03 Coinciding with Governor Richardson's campaign for the Democratic Party nomination for president, his proposals for reducing our dependence on foreign oil is substantial, despite their transparent vote-getting tenor. Drawing on his 15 years in the U.S. Congress, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and as energy secretary in the Clinton administration, as well as his New Mexico governorship, Richardson provides useful insights into the resistance of powerful entities such as the automobile industry, coal industry and, of course, the oil industry to alternative energy sources. Writing in a folksy style, with personal anecdotes that leaven his wonkishness, Richardson is not shy about trumpeting the breadth and depth of his experience; at times he's almost insufferable, but his battles with those who care more about quick profit than about clean air, clean water and energy-related national security suggest he has earned the right to say, "I told you so." Richardson is critical of Republicans, including George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, yet manages to lift portions of the book above partisan politics. Knowing that Congress will often be inhibited by powerful special interests, Richardson would use the bully pulpit of the White House to initiate change, hoping, for example, that calling for automakers to produce plug-in electric cars will drive private markets to do right by the environment. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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