Energy and EV Secrets not
only spells out how your oil dependence is undermining your individual bank
accounts; it shows how imported oil is impacting the security of our troops,
the health of our economy, and the creation of good jobs. The first half of the
book will make it crystal clear that changing these conditions is a pressing
priority. That priority will only increase as the global competition for oil intensifies over the coming decades with
direct impacts on your gas prices.
The book provides reliable facts and figures from national and
international sources to create readily understandable graphics. These graphics
and the accompanying descriptions provide a clear picture of the global oil
challenges and the need to save energy. When you see these facts, it will show
you the way to move forward.
The EV Solution
The book goes on to show how to stop the oil dependence by making the transition to the electric vehicle
(EV) solution. The EV solution saves energy and involves cutting your fuel
costs to pay for the electric cars and e-bikes. It can stop the need for
importing oil and free you from the tyranny of gas prices. It takes all of the
wrong minded ideas about electric vehicles, e-bikes and plug-in hybrids like
the Volt and puts those ideas to rest. You will learn how the old ideas and
outdated excuses about EVs are all part of the mindset that keeps us addicted
Energy and EV Secrets makes
it clear that you can free yourself from the age of the internal combustion
engine – the ICE age. It will help you to develop the EV Mindset to become oil free and to cut the drain of money
that goes with rising gas prices.
Russell Sydney is uniquely qualified to write about the burgeoning use of electric cars, plug-in hybrids and e-bikes – the Electric Vehicle (EV) Solution.
Russell is a seasoned and experienced writer and international seminar leader. He has a gift for turning technical information about things like electric cars into readily usable and understandable language. He has been the Editor and Principle Writer for the Sustainable Transport Club Newsletter since 2004. He is the author of the best-selling Bust the Y2K Bug and A History of the Farmers Markets Movement in California.
His professional career has included rising to the top of the training field. Russell has trained people on technology throughout the United States, all across Canada, around the U.K., and down into the Caribbean. This work helped over 300 companies adopt new technologies and over 8,000 people with various aspects of business and computerization.
Russell Sydney also helped create one of the leading Electric Vehicle Areas in the U.S. This EV Area stretches from Long Beach to Santa Monica and up to Santa Barbara. It has one of the highest concentrations of electric cars, plug-in hybrids and e-bikes in the U.S. He has worked with many of the top EV leaders and developers as well as hundreds of electric car drivers and e-bike riders around the country. He is communicating their knowledge about handling high gas prices and how to save energy. In addition, he is communicating his own personal experiences with EVs. He is a Chevy Volt driver and has been driving and testing all sorts of electric cars and e-bikes since 2003.
Russell Sydney has a Master’s Degree in International Development from UC Davis.
As Dukert details, all energy sources have pluses and minuses. Those who champion any single energy source (or even energy efficiency by itself) as the sole answer to our energy problems are off track, he argues, as are the cynics who condemn one source or another or pooh-pooh the threat of global warming. In short, we need every significant source of energy we have today, while also making greater efforts to improve the efficiency of energy production and energy consumption.
Dukert also explores the choices made by individuals, businesses, and society as each group juggles conflicting, interconnected factors: affordability, reliability, adequacy of supply, environmental concerns, and time. In explaining why there's no magic bullet solution to the energy crisis, the author blends simple technical descriptions, economics, and real-world politics. Besides providing a cogent overview of a huge—and hugely important—industry, this short, comprehensive volume helps readers decide for themselves which choices are in their best interest. As Dukert suggests, energy independence is probably not a realistic goal for any country, but the search for a dynamic, practical energy balance can nonetheless result in a wiser national energy policy.
Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to traditional chains like JCPenney now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. Retailers are producing clothes at enormous volumes in order to drive prices down and profits up, and they’ve turned clothing into a disposable good. After all, we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it’s cheaper to just buy more.
But what are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being?
In Overdressed, Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of budget clothing chains, the death of middle-market and independent retailers, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals. She travels to cheap-chic factories in China, follows the fashion industry as it chases even lower costs into Bangladesh, and looks at the impact (both here and abroad) of America’s drastic increase in imports. She even explores how cheap fashion harms the charity thrift shops and textile recyclers where our masses of clothing castoffs end up.
Sewing, once a life skill for American women and a pathway from poverty to the middle class for workers, is now a dead-end sweatshop job. The pressures of cheap have forced retailers to drastically reduce detail and craftsmanship, making the clothes we wear more and more uniform, basic, and low quality. Creative independent designers struggle to produce good and sustainable clothes at affordable prices.
Cline shows how consumers can break the buy-and-toss cycle by supporting innovative and stylish sustainable designers and retailers, refashioning clothes throughout their lifetimes, and mending and even making clothes themselves.
Overdressed will inspire you to vote with your dollars and find a path back to being well dressed and feeling good about what you wear.
There are 40 million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement.
The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include:Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets.
Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.