Greenjobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment

By A. Bronwyn Llewellyn; James P. Hendrix et al. | Go to book overview

Chapter 5:
Green Energy

> “Environmentalism is hot.”
—Newsweek, July 17, 2006

We all use it. We all waste it. Our current lifestyles and technologies gobble it up like there’s no tomorrow. From cars, computers, and kitchen stoves to televisions, furnaces, and factories, virtually everything we use and do needs some form of energy. Consider these statistics:
The average American uses six times more energy than the world per-capita average.
The average American uses 50 percent more energy than the average European.
The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population yet consumes about 25 percent of the world’s energy resources.
The United States uses about $1 million worth of energy every minute, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.
Only 5 percent of the energy consumed in the United States came from renewable sources in 2006.

Most of the world, including the United States, burns fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas) to meet its insatiable energy needs. Long plentiful and inexpensive, the supplies of these nonrenewable resources—one-time gifts from Earth—are now diminishing. Political upheaval in oil-rich countries makes their availability

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Acknowledgments iv
  • Part One 1
  • Chapter 1- It's a Greening World- How We Got Where We Are and Where We're Headed 3
  • Chapter 2- Green Goes Mainstream 17
  • Chapter 3- Who Wants a Green Job and Why 27
  • Chapter 4- What Green Means for Education and Training 39
  • Part Two 45
  • Chapter 5- Green Energy 47
  • Chapter 6- Green Transportation 95
  • Chapter 7- Green Building 113
  • Chapter 8- Green Organizations and Ngos 141
  • Chapter 9- Natural Resources Management 149
  • Chapter 10- Green Goods and Services 181
  • Bibliography 204
  • Appendix 212
  • Index 230
  • About the Authors 234
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