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Empowering the Great Energy Transition: Policy for a Low-Carbon Future
Empowering the Great Energy Transition: Policy for a Low-Carbon Future
By Scott Victor Valentine, Marilyn A. Brown, and Benjamin K. Sovacool
336 pp, Columbia University Press, 2019
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This useful survey of the nexus between global energy use and climate change studies technological developments in alternative energy sources and traces how governments and communities have responded—or failed to respond—to the climate crisis. Renewable energy has become cheaper, making alternative forms of energy—from the sun, wind, biogas, and other sources—increasingly competitive with fossil fuels. The authors also sketch the ways that people can conserve energy with only modest changes in their behavior and how local leaders and communities can play a big role in making the inevitable transition away from fossil fuels.