Cooling It! No Hair Shirt Solutions to Global Warming

by Gar W. Lipow
"Cooling It! is a carefully documented compendium of cost-effective ways to cut fossil fuels. It makes the most comprehensive case to date that the obstacles to solving global warming are political not technological.” Dr. Joseph Romm, Executive Director of The Center for Energy & Climate Solutions, author of The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate and Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity By Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, former DOE Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

"Cooling It! presents a compelling and readable business case for how energy efficiency and renewable energy can grow the economy and dramatically reduce pollution from energy use. Rising energy costs and fossil energy's enormous contribution to global warming pollution, make this a timely summary. I recommend it to anyone concerned about a sustainable energy future for their children and grandchildren." Eric Heitz, President of The Energy Foundation

“Gar Lipow's exhaustively researched work details in a comprehensive way the vast range of technologies and practices available today that not only can put the brakes on global warming, but also provide us with a more prosperous, secure and healthy world. He documents the tremendous material efficiencies we can profitably gain in all sectors of the economy, and the huge potential renewable energies have to propel a sustainable economic future. Lipow's book provides pathways that are optimistic and realistic at the same time, and leaves no excuses for despair or footdragging. It's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work building a truly sustainable economy. Gar Lipow shows how.” Patrick Mazza, Research Director at Climate Solutions

"Cooling It! refutes the myth that world poverty is due to technical incapacity or ecological limits. It makes the technical case that greatly increased energy efficiency plus renewables could sustainably power a rich-nation standard of living for the entire world. Another energy future is possible!” Patrick Bond – Director of the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies

"Cooling It! provides compelling evidence that we have the technology today to phase out all fossil fuel use – at a cost comparable to what we currently pay for oil, gas and coal. Methodical research combines with clear lively writing to demonstrate that hundreds of small solutions, rather than one magic bullet can replace our current dependence on ancient carbon. This book steers a middle course between survivalist doom-mongering and hydrogen hype. Wonkery with attitude!” Michael Perelman, author of The Perverse Economy: The Impacts of Markets on People and the Environment