Global Energy Innovation: Why America Must Lead

Global Energy Innovation: Why America Must Lead

Global Energy Innovation: Why America Must Lead

Global Energy Innovation: Why America Must Lead


America is trailing other parts of the developed world in terms of its development of--and commitment to--renewable energy. In Europe and Asia, sustainable communities, smart green grids, and emerging environmentally sound technologies are becoming common. The United States must move beyond the lethargy and defeatism of the 9/11 era, rediscover its ability to lead in technological inventiveness, and revitalize its economy via the creation of green jobs and sustainable, carbon-neutral communities. Because the lives of America's children and grandchildren are at stake, America must act quickly.

"Global Energy Innovation: Why America Must Lead" explains why the emerging Third Industrial Revolution will become the largest social and economic megatrend of the post-modern era. With its comprehensive, up-to-date examination of renewable energy systems and related green technologies, this book represents a call-to-action that will benefit any reader, regardless of their status as a lay person, scholar, or scientist.


The world is entering an extraordinary new era that will result in a complete restructuring of the way energy is generated, supplied, and used. Called the Green Industrial Revolution (GIR), this will become the largest social and economic change of the postmodern era. It will be an era of extraordinary potential and opportunity, with remarkable innovation in science and energy that will lead to sustainable and carbonless economies powered by advanced technologies like hydrogen fuel cells and nonpolluting technologies like wind and solar. Small community-based renewable energy generation will replace massive coal and nuclear-powered utilities, and smart grids will deliver energy effortlessly and efficiently to intelligent appliances. America must shake off the angst of 9/11 and become the world leader in global energy innovation to reinvigorate its dormant entrepreneurial spirit and stimulate its sagging economy.

This new social-political-economic era encompasses changes in technology, economics, businesses, jobs, and consumer lifestyles, and will be a fundamental change from the Second Industrial Revolution (2IR), which was based on fossil fuels, internal combustion engines, mechanical engineering, and neoclassical economics. This monumental shift is already underway in Europe and Asia, where renewable energy, sustainable communities, smart green grids, and environmentally sound technologies are becoming common. Now, it is at America’s doorstep.

The concept of the Third Industrial Revolution was referred to by Jeremy Rifkin in his book The European Dream (2004), where he noted that the development of the modern world was marked by extraordinary changes brought about by the nexus of digital communications and renewable energy to power buildings and vehicles. Rifkin identified a Third Industrial Revolution in Europe during the 1990s. His book was devoted to acknowledging European leadership in business, economics, and environmental development at the end of the 20th century.

Although Rifkin saw this change only in Europe, the beginnings actually developed earlier, in Japan and South Korea. in the 1980s, these Asian . . .

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