Coming Clean: Breaking America's Addiction to Oil and Coal
By Michael Brune
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Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, has seen firsthand the devastation caused by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf. Nationally recognized as one of today's most inspiring and effective environmental leaders, he previously served as executive director of Rainforest Action Network for seven years. Brune lives with his wife and their two young children in Alameda, California. More...
The catastrophic release of oil into the Gulf of Mexico by BP's Deepwater Horizon well has been a wake-up call, bringing home to Americans in a very personal way—more powerfully than statistics on peak oil or global warming—the message that we must end our destructive dependence on dirty fuels. We want to move our country toward a clean-energy future, and this book provides a road map for how to get there.
Author Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club and former head of Rainforest Action Network, distills all his activist skills and passion into this book. He shows us how we, as motivated citizens, can put our convictions into practice and strategically pressure corporations and our government to change their energy priorities. His vivid reports track the myriad ways our thirst for ever-scarcer oil and coal harms communities like those along the Gulf coast, corrupts policy and finance, and wreaks havoc on the Earth and its climate. He also describes the most promising developments in renewables, biofuels, and efficient design. In a new Afterword to this edition, Brune recounts his personal experiences working on the scene in the Gulf region, and offers an inspiring vision of the clean-energy future within our reach.
Praise for Coming Clean
"Brune artfully exposes the shameless tactics employed at every level of the energy supply chain by those intent upon maintaining the status quo. Sharing proven methods to jump-start the necessary paradigm shift away from fossil-fuel dependency, Brune offers an enlightened yet impassioned manifesto on how to achieve clean energy." —Booklist
"A trove of information [from] an experienced political activist and straight-talker." —Publishers Weekly
"A clearsighted indictment of our ugly marriage to fossil fuels. Brune... doesn't fail to name names and throw some light on both the plunderers and restorers of American energy." —Orion