Book Review: Power From The People

Joanna Schroeder

“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: Fractured Land

Joanna Schroeder

When is the last time you filled up your tank with a gallon of gas that was less than $2? For me, today. As oil prices have plummeted with gas prices falling suit, many people are attributing all the extra oil to fracking. But what is the cost, financially and environmentally speaking, of oil drilled in this manner? A new …

book reviews, Ethanol, Oil

Book Review: Renewable Energy- Following the Money

Joanna Schroeder

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, 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

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

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