New Book by Mara Prentiss

February 13, 2015
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Prof. Mara Prentiss has published a new book, Energy Revolution: The Physics and the Promise of Efficient Technology (Harvard/Belknap, 2015).

Energy can be neither created nor destroyed—but it can be wasted. The United States wastes two-thirds of its energy, including 80 percent of the energy used in transportation. So the nation has a tremendous opportunity to develop a sensible energy policy based on benefits and costs. But to do that we need facts—not hyperbole, not wishful thinking. Mara Prentiss presents and interprets political and technical information from government reports and press releases, as well as fundamental scientific laws, to advance a bold claim: wind and solar power could generate 100 percent of the United States’ average total energy demand for the foreseeable future, even without waste reduction... (Read more on the publisher's website.)