AMERICA’S ENERGY FUTURE
The whole wide world is standing at the crossroads waiting for the sun to rise, waiting for a brand-new day. And in this section on America’s energy future, we’ll find out how we can bring about that brand-new day by exploring how all of humanity can benefit from creating a twenty-first-century civilization built on a foundation of clean- and renewable-energy sources and a more energy-efficient social structure. Chapter 12 examines how two regions of northern California are taking steps to improve their economies with various sustainable-energy projects and programs. Chapter 13 broadens our view by considering how the United States can be inspired by the progress other nations have made in moving toward energy independence. Chapter 14 tackles the issue of securing America’s energy future to protect our defense, our economy, our public health, and our food supply. In Chapter 15, we’ll look at the power of leadership, using the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 as a learning experience for future legislation endeavors. Finally, in Chapter 16, the book closes with a message about how we can find inspiration from the past that can motivate modern Americans to progress forward toward a better energy future.