Moving away from fossil fuels and nuclear power is the goal of author Hermann Scheer, whose book, Energy Autonomy (EARTHSCAN 2007) finds the solution in a scattershot reliance on renewable energy schemes.
A member of the German Bundestag (parliament) and president of the European Association for Renewable Energy, the author is also chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy.
With credentials like those, its no wonder Scheer is passionate in the search for alternative sources of power, including biofuels, solar and wind power, to replace the destructive aspects of burning coal or building new nuclear power plants. Scheer argues for a decentralized approach to providing local power, using renewable sources that are close to home.
Energy Autonomy is not an easy read; its scholarly in tone and Scheer lacks Al Gores skill at putting zest in his subject. Perhaps its the translation. But if youre charged up over the quest for a new way to power the world, this Hero for the Green Century (Time Magazine) offers an encyclopedic overview.