Power to the People - How the coming energy revolution will transform an industry, change our lives and maybe even save the planet

Edited by Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran 
Earthscan  February 2005  

Hardback  368 pages  ISBN 9781844071760      £38.00
Global warming, power failures, tanker spills and energy wars: our profligate ways have doomed us to suffer such tragedies, right? Perhaps, but Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Environment and Energy correspondent of The Economist, sees great opportunity in the energy realm and Power to the People is his fiercely independent and entertaining look at the economic, political and technological forces that are reshaping the world's management of energy resources. In it, he documents an energy revolution already underway, a revolution as radical as the communications revolution of the past decades.

From the corporate boardroom of a Texas oil titan who denies the reality of global warming to a think tank nestled in the Rocky Mountains where a visionary named Amory Lovins is developing hydrogen fuel-cell technology that could make the internal combustion engine obsolete, Vaitheeswaran gamely pursues the people who hold the keys to our future. Man's quest for energy is insatiable. It is also essential. By avoiding the traditional divide that pits free markets against the wisdom of conservation and the need for clean energy, Power to the People debunks myths without debunking hope.


  • Introduction
  • Market Forces: The Invisible Hand Ascendant
  • Environmental Pressures: The Green Dilemma
  • Energy Technology: Bigger that the Internet
  • Epilogue
  • bliography
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