416 pages, Photos, figs
To free the U.S. of fossil fuel dependency while boosting the economy, we need the kind of visionary leadership that led to the Apollo moon landings in 1969, according to Inslee and Hendricks in this energetic articulation of a clean-energy future. That vision is sadly lacking under the current administration, reports Washington State Congressman Inslee in several caustic sidebars about his contentious energy discussions with President Bush and Vice-President Cheney. His first-person anecdotes lighten this otherwise earnest book, based on initiatives of the Apollo Alliance, an advocacy group and think tank uniting unions, environmental groups and business organizations committed to fostering a green economy. Redesigning the car, investing in solar power, mining wind for power, exploring the nascent technology of wave energy, using energy more efficiently and working clean coal and safe nuclear power into the equation are among the authors' prescriptions.
Inslee is primary congressional sponsor of the New Apollo Energy Act and on the Apollo Alliance advisory board; coauthor Hendricks is a member of the alliance's steering committee. A brief foreword by Bill Clinton waxes enthusiastic about the synergy between the book, the alliance and the proposed legislation.
Their vision is true to America's competitive spirit... Apollo's Fire calls us to our destiny. - PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON IN HIS FOREWORD TO APOLLO'S FIRE "At Virgin, we know you don't get anywhere without vision. Here in Apollo's Fire is the compelling, bold vision in energy the world needs to beat global warming." - SIR RICHARD BRANSON, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE VIRGIN GROUP "Representative Inslee is a nuanced thinker and speaker... Apollo's Fire is as characteristically rational and up front." - TREEHUGGER.COM "The authors' sweeping and attainable vision for America's energy independence shows we can once again reach for higher goals and succeed." - ROBERT REDFORD, ACTOR AND DIRECTOR "The book evokes the national focus on reaching the moon in the 1960s to advocate a comprehensive array of policy and technological solutions." - SCIENCE NEWS"
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