Cooling It! No Hair Shirt Solutions to Global Warming

by Gar W. Lipow

Overview

Cooling it! No Hair Shirt Solutions to Global Warming, an optimistic book about a gloomy subject, takes an in-depth look at the hundreds of existing technologies that together can completely replace fossil fuel at an equivalent cost ranging from mid-priced 200 MPG cars to affordable solar electricity.

Unlike most renewable energy books, it emphasizes technology available on the market today with a net cost comparable to fossil fuel dealing only briefly with future breakthroughs. Unlike most global warming books it focuses on solutions - spending little time trying to convince the skeptical quarter of the population that the problem is real. By concentrating on the technical case, it makes an urgent social point; political decisions, not technical incapacity are behind continued carbon emissions. Destructive expensive burning of fossil fuels, or dramatic cuts in standard of living are not our only choices. The complete draft can be found on-line here.