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Energy Autonomy: the economic, social and technological situation with renewable energy

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Photograph of the front of the book transferred by Alberto Casas Palasa.

For 200 years, the industrial civilization has relied upon abundant and cheap carbon combustibles. This dependence however has led to dangerous consequences. For one part it is the insecurity of depending on the most unstable region of the world, -the Middle East-, aggravated by the imminence of the peak of oil, an each time larger shortage, and the scale of the prices. For the other part, the consequences of continuing to burn combustible fuels are potentially catastrophic, as shown in the acceleration of climate change.

Despite this all, there is a solution; the transition to renewable energy sources and a decentralized distributed generation of energy, a model that has been proven technologically, comercially, and politically, and that Dr. Scheer shows exhaustively in this book.

The advantages of renewable energy are so clear that the actual resistance to it deserves a diagnosis. Scheer proportions it with detail, showing why and how entrenched interests are opposed to the transition towards renewable energies and what can be done to get rid of these obstacles.

Hermann Scheer is a member of the Bundestag (German Parliament), president of EUROSOLAR, the European organization for renewable energies, president of the Foro Parlamentario Internacional (International Parliamentary Forum) about renewble energies. Dr. Scheer has recieved numerous awards, including the World Solar Prize and the Alternative Nobel Prize. This edition has been made with the collaboration of the Terra Foundation.

To read a commentary of this book at

Download a chapter of the book (in Spanish) : "Obstáculos Mentales " (Mental Obstacles)

Download a chapter of the book (in Spanish): "¿Viviendo con energía nuclear? " (Living with nuclear energy?")


Details of the book

Author: Hermann Scheer
Subject: Ecology
Collection: Antrazyt, 312
ISBN: 978-84-9888-147-9
Pages: 336 with 5 tables
Editorial: Icaria Editorial
Place and Date of Publication: Barcelona, November 2009