The Power Surge by Michael Levi
Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future

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The book’s main strength is the clarity with which the author explains the development of shale exploitation and assesses the implications of the shale boom...
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The United States is in the throes of two unfolding energy revolutions, and partisans--convinced that only their side holds the key to American prosperity, security, and safety--are battling over which one should prevail. In The Power Surge, Michael Levi takes readers inside these revolutions. He shows how oil and gas production, after decades in decline, are being propelled upward by new technologies and high prices, prompting enthusiasts to predict an economic renaissance and impending energy independence. On the other side of the fight, he visits eco-startups and manufacturers betting on a new energy future, revealing how more efficient cars and trucks are increasingly dominating the road and costs for renewable energy have plummeted, leading many to herald a starkly different future that moves beyond fossil fuels and saves the planet.

Armed with on-the-ground lessons, and drawing on insights from economics, politics, international relations, and climate science, The Power Surge takes on the big claims made by both sides in the fight over American energy, explaining why the purists are often wrong. Both unfolding revolutions in American energy offer big opportunities for the country to strengthen its economy, bolster its security, and protect the environment. Levi shows how to seize those with a new strategy that blends the best of old and new energy while avoiding the real dangers that each poses.
 

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Michael Levi is the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations. A frequent advisor to government and business, he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, and other publications. He lives in New York.
 
Published March 29, 2013 by Oxford University Press. 272 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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The book’s main strength is the clarity with which the author explains the development of shale exploitation and assesses the implications of the shale boom...

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