Reviewed by JoAnne L. Dunec
Congressman Jerry McNerney, PhD, Martin Cheek, Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America From the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels, AMACOM, 2012.
The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery—not over nature but of ourselves.
— Rachel Carson
Clean Energy Nation opens with the premise that the United States is at a crossroads similar to the situation in the summer of 1776 when members of the Second Continental Congress debated the question of independence and elected to sign the Declaration of Independence. To Congressman McNerney and Martin Cheek,
Today’s members of Congress now face the question of energy freedom—specifically, how to cut the cord tying more than 300 million Americans to fossil-fuel addiction. . . . Our nation’s success or failure in manifesting this necessary goal will determine what form our civilization will take in the future.