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Alcohol Can Be A Gas! Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century. By David Blume. With all the conflicting news stories about ethanol, the public can find it difficult to sort fact from fiction. This book explains the history, technology, and even the sociology of renewable fuels in a fashion that can be appreciated by expert and novice alike. It is the only comprehensive book written on alcohol fuel production, its uses for home and farm, and converting vehicles to run on it. Includes step-by-step instructions to help anyone build an ethanol plant or convert their car into an alternative fuel vehicle. More… | David Blume EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Alcohol Can Be A Gas!: Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century

Charging Ahead. By Joe Sherman. A classic tale of perseverance against daunting odds, Charging Ahead tells the story of the Solectria Corporation's efforts to develop and market an electric car. This marvelous narrative vividly describes how scientists and engineers built the world's most advanced electric vehicle. Combining insightful biography with the best of science and business writing, it captures not only a gripping drama but also the technical challenge of an electric car. It is an engaging story that pits idealism, energy, and technological superiority against seemingly impossible odds. More... | Joe Sherman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Charging Ahead

Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030. By Tony Seba. We are on the cusp of the most radical transformation in energy and transportation in a century. Exponentially improving technologies such as electric vehicles, solar, electricity storage, sensors, and more are turning the industrial-era energy and transportation industries upside down and making the gasoline vehicle, conventional energy and the whole public and private transportation infrastructure obsolete. As Kindle | More… | Tony Seba EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030

Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines: The Life and Times of a Bicycle Tycoon Turned Automotive Pioneer. By Stephen Goddard. Pope's company was the world's largest manufacturer of bicycles in the late 1800s. His production methods pointed the way for the building of automobiles through lightweight metals, rubber tires, precision machining, interchangeability of parts, and vertical integration. The founder of the Good Roads Movement, Pope entered automobile manufacturing while steam, electricity, and gasoline power were still vying for supremacy. The story of his failed dream of dominating U.S. automobile production is an engrossing view into America's industrial history. More… | Stephen Goddard EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines

Forward Drive: The Race to Build "Clean" Cars for the Future. By Jim Motavalli. As more alternative-fuel cars from major automakers enter the market, "clean" cars are taking center stage. Forward Drive presents the fascinating story of the race to build greener cars – ones that can help address the problems that have accompanied the rise and spread of traditional gas-powered vehicles. The book traces the history of automobile development, including early attempts to create practical electric vehicles, and explores new technologies, especially gas/electric hybrid drives and hydrogen fuel cells. More… | Jim Motavalli EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Forward Drive: The Race to Build "Clean" Cars for the Future

Getting There: The Epic Struggle between Road and Rail in the American Century. By Stephen Goddard. Goddard tells the story of how the struggle between the highwaymen and the railroaders ultimately changed the course of modern transportation. He describes how automakers, engineers, contractors, and government officials dethroned the railroad barons. His story covers the history of what has come to be called 'the highway lobby,' how road interests led by General Motors Corp. conspired in city after city to destroy efficient trolley systems, and how transportation has shaped the nation and its economy. More… | Stephen Goddard EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Getting There: The Epic Struggle between Road and Rail in the American Century

In the Rings of Saturn. By Joe Sherman. A step-by-step account of the progress of Saturn Corporation from its inception through the company's first two years of car production. This compelling narrative explores virtually every aspect of the Saturn project, one of America's biggest and most publicized industrial successes. It brings to life a very American story of renewal and growth, of great hope and soured expectations, of greed and lost opportunities. In the Rings of Saturn is both the anatomy of a corporate triumph and an incisive commentary on industrial renewal in the United States. More... | Joe Sherman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       In the Rings of Saturn

Infrastructural Ecologies for Fouché, Haiti. By Hillary Brown. How might a small Haitian village lacking basic power, sanitation, and waste collection and with a limited water supply achieve a measure of infrastructural self-sufficiency? How could these basic services be provided relying primarily on local natural resources while at the same time also creating local jobs? This was the challenge for Fouché, a hamlet spread out along a main road running through the Les Palmes district of Haiti. Solutions are proposed using a multi-objective, holistic design approach reliant on an integrated planning process. More… | Hillary Brown EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Infrastructural Ecologies for Fouché, Haiti

Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction. By Terry Tamminen. A hard look at the health, environmental, and national security costs hidden in every barrel of oil. While the petroleum industry is raking in huge profits, it is studiously avoiding measures that would lessen the hazards of its products. Using the successful lawsuits by state governments against big tobacco as a model, the author sets forth a bold strategy to hold oil and auto companies accountable and force industry reform. He also offers a blueprint for developing alternative energy sources based on California's real world experiences. As Kindle | More… | Terry Tamminen EcoSpeakers Info >>
       Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction

Race to the Sky: The Wright Brothers Versus the United States Government. By Stephen Goddard. The story of the struggle between the Wright brothers and the Federal Government to be first to build a flying machine, and the raw ambition, high ideals, greed, and cloak and dagger tactics of each side. By 1903, the Federal venture was in its seventh year and the Wright brothers had been working nights and weekends – often in secret –for four years. Everything came to a head in eight tense days in December when the battle – and the fame that would follow – was decided and the Wright brothers were victorious. More... | Stephen Goddard EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Race to the Sky: The Wright Brothers Versus the United States Government

Road to Ruin: An Introduction to Sprawl and How to Cure It. By Dom Nozzi. What causes sprawl, and are there sensible solutions to its aggravating problems? Nozzi provides an easy-to-follow introduction to sprawl's causes and offers common-sense solutions available to communities. America has been obsessed with a desire to improve conditions for cars, not people, primarily through enormous subsidies for road widening and construction of free parking. Design principles encouraging walking, bicycling, and mass transit in conjunction with automobile travel are essential to creating livable cities. As Kindle | More… | Dom Nozzi EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Road to Ruin: An Introduction to Sprawl and How to Cure It

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Beat High Gas Prices Now! By Diane MacEachern. Sets out practical, and easy-to-do things one can do to reduce gasoline consumption, and quantifies the savings that will result. As Kindle | More… | Diane MacEachern EcoSpeakers Info >>

Biodiesel America: How to Achieve Energy Security, Free America from Middle-East Oil Dependence And Make Money Growing Fuel. By Josh Tickell. Provides a fresh perspective on our oil-laden history (why America is more dependent on oil than any other nation), our present position of energy compromise, and the true potential for a fossil-fuel-free future. Shows that an abundance of available, economically viable, and profitable energy solutions exists. More… | Josh Tickell EcoSpeakers Info >>

Breaking Gridlock: Moving Toward Transportation that Works. By Jim Motavalli. Examines smart cars and smart tolls as responses to sprawl, and telecommuting and e-commerce as a reaction to burgeoning "edge cities." Considers cleaner cars as well as potential improvements in bus, water and air transportation. More… | Jim Motavalli EcoSpeakers Info >>

Divorce Your Car! Ending the Love Affair with the Automobile. By Katie Alvord. Divorcing your car can take many forms, from simply using it less to not owning one at all. This practical guide shows how divorcing a car can be fun, healthy, money-saving, and helpful to the planet. While most other transportation reform books emphasize long-range political and economic policy, this book speaks less about policy and more about realistic actions individuals can take to reduce their car dependence. It suggests all the reasons not to drive and the many alternative ways we can all get around without our cars. More… | Katie Alvord EcoSpeakers Info >>

Electrifying Ride: The Lost Decade. By Bill Moore. Selected writings of EV World's founder and publisher during the first half of a decade-long hiatus between the quiet wind down of EV1 production and GM's dramatic about face with the launch of the Chevy Volt. It recounts, through interviews and personal experiences, the efforts of many people to keep alive the electric car. A journey of discovery from the Atlantic Coast to Big Sur, from Carlsbad Caverns to Gusev's Crater on Mars. Part anthology, part travelogue, it is a fascinating ride through a little known chapter in automotive history. More… | Bill Moore EcoSpeakers Info >>

From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank. By Josh Tickell. Details all aspects of running diesel engines on vegetable oil. Includes information on biodiesel, the diesel fuel substitute made from new or used vegetable oil, as well as information on running any diesel engine on straight vegetable oil. Packed with history, information, instructions, photos, diagrams and resources. More… | Josh Tickell EcoSpeakers Info >>

High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines: Best Practices for the Public Right-of-Way. By Hillary Brown. This detailed handbook describes practices for creating sustainable city streets, sidewalks, utilities, and urban landscaping. Following the Design Trust for Public Space's acclaimed High Performance Building Guidelines, it launches a new era in the design and construction of public infrastructure. It includes sections on the benefits and precedents of high-performance infrastructure, near and long-term performance objectives, and best practices for sustainable construction in the public right-of-way. More… | Hillary Brown EcoSpeakers Info >>

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