Book Review: Power From The People

Joanna Schroeder book reviews, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy

“We must take rapid, effective, innovative action to change the ways we generate and use energy; renewable energy is ubiquitous, offering a new model of energy generation that is local, democratic, and free from the abuses of a centralized monopoly.” This week I focus on community energy. The call to action above is from the Energy Democracy, Renewable Communities Alliance …

book reviews, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy

Book Review: The Power Surge

Joanna Schroeder book reviews, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Electricity, Energy, Opinion

As I write about energy each day, I often wonder what the trade-offs or consequences will be if a technology takes off, or even if it fails. How will it, if at all, alter America’s energy landscape? From my point of view, we are a country in fear of change and in fear of taking action. We are a country …

book reviews, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Electricity, Energy, Opinion

Book Review: Flight Behavior

Joanna Schroeder book reviews, Climate Change, Environment, Opinion

I recently read the novel Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, a book about climate change. When I first began reading the book I had no intentions of doing a review, but as I got deeper into the book, and the characters voiced their opinions, about media in general, my intentions changed. The premise of the book is that millions of …

book reviews, Climate Change, Environment, Opinion

Book Review: Build Your Own PHEV

Joanna Schroeder Alternative Vehicles, book reviews, Electric Vehicles

This week I went techie and read “Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle,” by Seth Leitman. I chose this book because I drive an EV – the Ford C-Max, and when I purchased my vehicle, I opted against the plug-in component because I didn’t have a place to charge my car (I live in an apartment complex). In the …

Alternative Vehicles, book reviews, Electric Vehicles

Book Review: Renewable Energy- Following the Money

Joanna Schroeder book reviews, Renewable Energy

Rainy Iowa days make it a nice time to spend the night reading and this week I finished “Renewable Energy- Following the Money,” by Craig Shields who is the editor of 2GreenEnergy.com, a great “greencentric” blog. I had mixed emotions on the book and let me explain why. The book consists of a series of interviews with various energy expects …

book reviews, Renewable Energy

Book Review: How Are You Mother Earth?

Joanna Schroeder Audio, book reviews, Environment

Calling people of all ages. I’ve finally found a truly entertaining and educational book about climate change and the environment. “How are you Mother Earth?” written by Gordon Hunter, a scientist, takes the reader on the journey with Katie, her boyfriend Mike and her father when they take Mother Earth to the doctor for a check-up. Well, it turns out …

Audio, book reviews, Environment

Book Review – Ruminations on the Distortion of Oil

Joanna Schroeder Audio, book reviews, Oil, Opinion

I recently finished reading the book, “Ruminations on the Distortion of Oil Prices & Crony Capitalism,” by Raymond J. Learsy. The book was a historical review of his writings dealing with Big Oil and why oil prices are so high. In other words, “an overview of…our enslavement to oil and the money inextricably tied to it.” A former commodity trader, …

Audio, book reviews, Oil, Opinion