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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Earth Policy Institute’s 11th and final book, The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy will be hitting bookstores on April 20.

The Great Transition, written by EPI’s research team—Lester R. Brown, Janet Larsen, J. Matthew Roney, and Emily E. Adams—focuses on a rapidly evolving global movement toward cleaner sources of energy, driven by policy, economics, and the hard realities of accelerating climate change.The Great Transition

The authors note that as fossil fuel reserves shrink, as air pollution worsens, and as concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, oil, and natural gas, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled largely by coal and oil, is being replaced with one powered by solar and wind energy.

We can see the transition unfolding. For example, in the U.S. Midwest, Iowa and South Dakota are generating 26 percent of their electricity from wind farms. Denmark generates 34 percent of its electricity from wind. Portugal and Spain are above 20 percent. In China, electricity from wind farms now exceeds that from nuclear power plants. And in Australia, 15 percent of homes draw energy from the sun. With solar and wind costs falling fast, their spread is accelerating.

In The Great Transition, Brown and his colleagues explain the environmental and economic wisdom of moving to solar and wind energy and shows how fast change is coming.

“The energy transition will change not only how we view the world but also how we view ourselves,” say the authors. “With rooftop solar panels to both power homes and recharge car batteries, there will be a personal degree of energy independence not known for generations.”

Interested in a sneak peek? Check out Chapter 1. Changing Direction, on our website.

Pre-order a copy with us today for only $15 and get your copy as soon as it comes off the press.

For an additional $5 you can receive Lester Brown's memoir, Breaking New Ground, along with The Great Transition…we’ll even make sure Lester autographs it for you! Order here.






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