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The Resource Chasing the wind : inside the alternative energy battle, Rody Johnson

Chasing the wind : inside the alternative energy battle, Rody Johnson

Label
Chasing the wind : inside the alternative energy battle
Title
Chasing the wind
Title remainder
inside the alternative energy battle
Statement of responsibility
Rody Johnson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Over the past few decades, the vexing problems of climate change and finite resources have ignited contentious global debates about alternative energy technologies. In this lucid, balanced book, Rody Johnson investigates the development and deployment of one such technology--wind power--and, in particular, the ways in which a heated battle over that energy source played out in an Appalachian community. Johnson's wide-ranging account examines the history of wind power; its capacity and output in comparison to such sources as fossil fuels, other renewables, and nuclear energy; the infrastructural challenges of transmitting electricity from wind farms to end users; global efforts to curb carbon emissions, including the Kyoto treaty; the role of public policy, government subsidies, and tax breaks; and the differences and similarities between wind power regimes in the United States and Europe. Interwoven throughout this discussion is the compelling narrative of how, beginning in 2005, the proposed construction of a wind farm along mountain ridges in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, pitted locals against each other--a story that puts a human face on the arguments about wind power's promise of clean, renewable energy and its potentially negative effects, including bird and bat kills, a disfigured natural landscape, and noise pollution. Drawing on countless hours he spent attending public meetings and interviewing those on both sides of the issue, Johnson not only pictures the Greenbrier County struggle in illuminating detail but also makes valuable comparisons between it and similarly pitched battles in another West Virginia county, where a wind farm had already been built, and in Florida, where plans to erect beachside wind turbines next to a nuclear plant faltered. Concluding with a thoughtful, realistic assessment of a 2012 study suggesting that the country has the capability of receiving 80 percent of its electrical generation from renewables by 2050, Chasing the Wind makes a vital contribution to the ongoing dialogue regarding America's energy challenges and what is likely required to meet them. Rody Johnson is a freelance writer and a retired aerospace engineer with residences in Vero Beach, Florida, and Lewisburg, West Virginia. He is the author, most recently, of The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown: 60 Years of Baseball in Vero Beach
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N$T
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Johnson, Rody
Dewey number
333.9/2
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TJ820
LC item number
.J66 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wind power
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
  • Wind power
Label
Chasing the wind : inside the alternative energy battle, Rody Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From the beach to the mountains -- A thousand years -- Europe : reality or tilting at windmills -- Battle begins -- Rough road -- Wind in the states -- Alternative sources -- Growth issues -- Endangered -- A view of the mountain
Control code
887803805
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 175 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781322067612
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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638012
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)887803805
Label
Chasing the wind : inside the alternative energy battle, Rody Johnson
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From the beach to the mountains -- A thousand years -- Europe : reality or tilting at windmills -- Battle begins -- Rough road -- Wind in the states -- Alternative sources -- Growth issues -- Endangered -- A view of the mountain
Control code
887803805
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 175 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781322067612
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
638012
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)887803805

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