As governments seek to avert both economic and climate crisis with green
fiscal stimulus packages - simultaneously boosting spending and
precipitating a wholesale shift away from fossil fuels to sustainable
energy - David MacKay's book could not have come at a better time. Based
on principles of hard, quantitative analysis and free of hyperbole, it
sets out clearly and concisely much of the information that politicians
need in order to make sound decisions on energy policy. All energy and
climate policymakers should read it.
Senior Policy Adviser,
Started reading your book yesterday. Took the day off work today so that I
could continue reading it. It is a fabulous, witty, no-nonsense, valuable
piece of work, and I am busy sending it to everyone I know.
Carbon Advice Group Plc
A total delight to read.
Extraordinarily clear and engaging.
author of 'Ten Technologies to Save the Planet'
Green Party Parliamentary candidate, Oxford
I've found your book to be absolutely superb and have
been recommending it almost embarrasingly regularly to pretty much
everyone with whom I've had a 'sustainable energy' conversation
recently. The chapters towards the back (27, 28, 29, 32) are very,
very thought-provoking. The lack of political leadership in this area
is deplorable and it made my blood boil to read the contradictory
quotes from Tony Blair!
I have just finished reading through your latest draft of Sustainable
Energy without the Hot Air. What a lovely book,
thanks very much for writing it.
I feel better in a way that a cancer patient might feel after reading
something in-depth about his disease: happier, if not happy, as it
has eased the tension of not knowing where he stands. And even were
fossil fuels sustainable it would remain interesting as a more
concrete picture of what modern life really entails.
thanks for the book. I took it to the loo and almost didn't come out again.
Private Secretary to the Vice-Chancellor
University of Cambridge
Professor MacKay's book would be valuable solely for the information
it contains, but it is such an enjoyable read at the same time as to
belie the gifts it's doling out to the reader. With energy and
environmental issues at the top of the international agenda, and with
misinformation, disinformation, and pie in the sky so prominent in
public discussion, MacKay brings the cold scalpel of fact to excise
the hype. Exploring even the most arcane energy systems being
proposed as solutions to our energy dilemma, he separates what is
possible from what is merely wishful thinking. But he does it in such
a no-nonsense manner as to disarm even the most skeptical reader. His
talent at making learning so enjoyable makes me envy his students,
though with this offering we can all get a taste of what truly great
teaching is all about.
author of Prescription for the Planet - The Painless Remedy For Our
Energy & Environmental Crises
I have spent several decades in the energy sector and without
doubt this is the best and most interesting book I have ever read on the subject. 'Sustainable Energy -
Without the Hot Air' by David MacKay has received rave reviews, covers
every conceivable energy source, and is made very readable by a good writing
style and by shoving all the equations into an appendix (and of course the
obligatory poking of the occasional bit of fun at U.S attitudes). Although
it is non-technical and purposely avoids economics and politics it is still
a great short course on the fundamentals of energy.
Chairman, Douglas-Westwood - Energy business analysts
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