About The WATT? An Energy 101 Primer

The WATT? is your user’s guide to energy in the 21st century.

This ebook (available on multiple platforms) provides a comprehensive overview of energy in the U.S. Consider it your starting point to becoming a more active, energy-literate citizen able to take on BIG challenges.

Energy is one of the world's largest industries, and it's intimately intertwined with the global economy and environment. If we can solve our great global energy challenges we will also solve many of our biggest environmental, social, health and economic challenges. Yet for all the wide-eyed, hopeful talk about building out the clean, renewable energy economy of the 21st century, there's a serious lack of understanding about what energy actually is, how it powers our lives, what problems it causes, what problems it solves, and – perhaps most importantly – the enormous scale of our energy challenges.

In short: we need, as a society, to become more energy literate. And that’s where The WATT? An Energy 101 Primer comes in handy.

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About the Author

Ben Jervey

Ben Jervey writes about climate, energy, and sustainability for numerous publications. He is a blogger and editor for OnEarth, a contributing editor to DeSmogBlog, and the former Environment Editor at GOOD. He’s the author of “The Big Green Apple: Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Living in New York City.” He currently lives in Vermont. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.


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