AEIOpeners: Ken Green's reading list

Kenneth P. Green has studied energy and energy-related environmental policy for nearly 20 years. An environmental scientist and policy analyst by training, he has published several studies and two supplemental textbooks intended for middle-school and college audiences. In addition, Green has testified before regulatory and legislative bodies at the local, state and federal levels, including many times before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was also a designated expert reviewer for two reports by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

"The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present," Phillip Lopate,1997

A special collection of personal essays from history so carefully selected, it really shows you the power and enduring value of the personal essay. One of my favorites is by Sei Shonagon, called "Hateful Things." This woman was a lady of the Japanese court in the 11th century who just kept a diary of things that pissed her off.

"Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future," Robert Bryce, 2011

Something really accessible to the lay reader. They don't have to master thermodynamics to read it. Bryce's writing is accessible and lively.

"Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human," Richard W. Wrangham, 2010

Catching Fire makes the anthropological case that humanity's harnessing of energy (as fire) led to major advances in our evolution. It not only gave primitive humans access to more calories in their food, it lengthened their productive time, let them shed a bunch of heavy musculature and hair, gave them protection from predators and allowed them to settle in areas that would otherwise be uninhabitable. We are not "addicted" to energy, we are creatures of energy.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Kenneth P.
Green

What's new on AEI

To secure southern border, US must lead international effort to stabilize Central America
image The Ryan pro-work, anti-poverty plan: Thomas Aquinas 1, Ayn Rand 0
image Does SNAP support work? Yes and no
image Obama Democrats lose their big bet on health exchanges
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 28
    MON
  • 29
    TUE
  • 30
    WED
  • 31
    THU
  • 01
    FRI
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Is Medicare’s future secure? The 2014 Trustees Report

Please join AEI as the chief actuary for Medicare summarizes the report’s results, followed by a panel discussion of what those spending trends are likely to mean for seniors, taxpayers, the health industry, and federal policy.

Friday, August 01, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Watergate revisited: The reforms and the reality, 40 years later

Please join us as four of Washington’s most distinguished political observers will revisit the Watergate hearings and discuss reforms that followed.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled today.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.