Global Energy Innovation
Why America Must Lead
by Woodrow W. Clark II and Grant Cooke
November 2011, 197pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39721-9
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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The world’s oil supply and other cheap carbon-based fuels are dwindling; climate change and global warming constitute a growing environmental threat; obsolete energy sources, like nuclear, are often the cause of horrific disasters. When will America join the new industrial revolution that is already underway in Europe and Asia?

The world is entering the Third Industrial Revolution, an era of remarkable progress in science and technology that will require a global shift away from reliance on fossil-fuel and carbon-based energy. This book explains how America can lead the effort to reverse global warming and become the world leader in global energy innovation.

America is trailing other parts of the developed world in terms of its development of—and commitment to—renewable energy. In Europe and Asia, sustainable communities, smart green grids, and emerging environmentally sound technologies are becoming common. The United States must move beyond the lethargy and defeatism of the 9/11 era, rediscover its ability to lead in technological inventiveness, and revitalize its economy via the creation of green jobs and sustainable, carbon-neutral communities. Because the lives of America’s children and grandchildren are at stake, America must act quickly.

Global Energy Innovation: Why America Must Lead explains why the emerging Third Industrial Revolution will become the largest social and economic megatrend of the post-modern era. With its comprehensive, up-to-date examination of renewable energy systems and related green technologies, this book represents a call-to-action that will benefit any reader, regardless of their status as a lay person, scholar, or scientist.


  • Describes numerous examples of Europe and Asia's emerging activities in the Third Industrial Revolution, as well as the EU and Asia's historical and current activities in climate change mitigation, renewable energy technologies, and economic models to promote the green revolution
  • Covers new technologies across the globe, ranging from single-hut solar energy generation for African villages to industrial-scale wind farms in Mongolia
  • Includes materials from the United Nations and information from scientific studies on climate change, global population growth, and environmental degradation
  • Offers directions for the creation of successful public policies and sustainability strategies on a community level, from colleges and universities to towns and cities
  • Details the benefits that the United States could enjoy in this new era of energy innovation
Woodrow W. Clark II, MA3, PhD, is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the UN IPCC. He is an author, serial entrepreneur, and consultant on sustainable communities who teaches at universities in the United States, the EU, and China.

Grant Cooke, MJ, is an award-winning journalist, college administrator, and a pioneer businessman in California's energy efficiency and energy renewable industries.


"The book is almost unique in its genre because it encompasses technologies, business plans, government initiatives, and major impediments to the Green Industrial Revolution (GIR). This is done broadly but clearly, with enough to interest the lay reader, and without resort to scare exhortations. . . . This hopeful book provides clear exposition, with lots of facts and figures, of the status of the Third, or Green, Industrial Revolution and illustrates potential alternatives to the disastrous energy path the United States is following."—Library Journal, March 1, 2012
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