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What Folks are Saying About it...

  • Loving Jay’s new book. I’ll have to get a few more copies to send to people I know. He gives very compelling evidence that developing solar energy is our way out of a lot of our problems as a country.
    Gretchen Fathauer

  • What a riot! It has a little Al Franken - Ann Coulter kind of flavor to it. Very entertaining. I hope it finds a wide audience...
    Vincent Emmer, CFP

  • The sheer volume of facts and research is really something! He breathes life into pictures of different time periods, from the point of view of energy, but still lots of great tidbits of info to give a feel for the times.
    Gretchen Fathauer

  • I love the narrative voice. You make it a fun read.
    Dawn Pettit

  • It’s accessible despite how much research went into it.
    Gretchen Fathauer

  • Love it! BTW I began muttering the last sentence to myself about 2 decades ago, and for the last ~6 years, openly sharing this “belief”. Cheers! Hiphiphooray! Welcome New World!
    Natalie Farber

  • Loving the book, Jay. (And its rhythms!) Well done!
    Vin Jensen

  • Am enjoying your book very much. It is both refreshing and discouraging to see the patterns in human behavior and greed repeating themselves.
    Susan Isaac

  • Makes me want to jump to your final chapters before I get too depressed about human nature! I want to post a lot of your quotations around the house.
    Susan Isaac

  • This book saves me about 5 years of research learning what I want to learn about the history of energy. I've learned a megaWatt and I'm only half through!
    Sam Garber

  • I especially like that it's infused with good humor and Warmke's view that very few things (if any) were suddenly and single handedly braindedly invented.
    Sam Garber

  • Overall, Jay Warmke's often funny, always compelling excursion to Solartopia makes it clear that when it comes to green power, "opportunities abound that will make the Industrial Revolution look like a second-rate warm-up act for the real show."
    Harvey Wasserman

  • Jay is blessed with an off-beat sense of humor and a wonderful way of narrating truly earth-shattering history with aplomb and a light, loving touch. "I don't remember a time when the world wasn't about to end," he begins.
    Harvey Wasserman

  • It's compelling.
    Nan Kutcher

  • The big picture Warmke provides is so helpful in the face of sensationalistic media reports.
    John Howell

  • I just read your book, "When Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine." It is terrific - really informative (and entertaining).
    John Howell

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When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine

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How We Got into This Mess, and How We are Going to Get Out of It - by Jay Warmke

Released for Earth Day, 2012!

Little did I realize when I started researching this book, that we, as a society, live in a moment of time that comes about only once a century or so.

Ask yourself:

  • Do you feel that this generation, and the generations to come face a future of only limited resources - and even less hope?
  • Is this the last generation that will have access to millions of years of stored energy in the form of fossil fuels?
  • Do you feel like the corporations and politicians are lying about how much fossil fuels remain unused - and how much they will cost?
  • Do you feel like the system is about to implode?

Well, it's sooo much worse than that!

And sooo much better...

This book traces the history of energy, from 1491 through today.  It is a remarkable story.  A story filled with one-armed bigamists, Texas Rangers named Lone Wolf hired by the governor to arrest anyone producing oil cheaper than big oil would like.  Clandestine meetings in Scottish castles.  Footraces to patent offices to steal inventions allowed to lapse by illiterate Italian immigrants (and as a result, Bell is remembered as the inventor of the telephone).

Nearly everything you ever learned about the history of energy is wrong.  For example - Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb.  The Wright Brothers were not the first to fly.  Henry Ford did not invent the automobile, or the assembly line... in fact he arrived fairly late to the entire party.

And then there are the formal conspiracy theories - Was Prohibition an attempt by Standard Oil to eliminate competition from ethanol?  Did GM conspire to dismantle the light rail system across the U.S (the U.S. Supreme Court thought so).

Our energy history leads to our energy present.  A world that experienced peak coal (1998), peak natural gas (2003), and peak oil (2007).  Will we repeat the same mistakes we have repeated many times before?

Now that we know where we have been, and where we are - where are we going?

Ten predictions for the coming two decades, as the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine. For example:

  • Why the electric car will come to dominate transportation within 15 years.
  • Why all the media hype regarding the "recent natural gas boom" is just that - hype.  We may soon be seeing a 3-5 fold increase in prices, and shortages resulting in massive imports of natural gas.  Some boom, eh?
  • How the line between consumer and supplier of power will disappear - and the utility of the future may look very much like FaceBook.
  • And ultimately, why energy will be free in the not too distant future.

Yes, everything is about to change.  But rather than a future without hope - it will be a future without limits.

Easy to read.  Entertaining.  And packed with more facts than you will find pretty much anywhere (certainly more facts than you will find in Exxon's annual report).

Order today and find out why and how...

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