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The U.S. Government and Renewable Energy

A Winding Road, 1st Edition

By Allan Hoffman

Jenny Stanford Publishing

156 pages | 45 Color Illus. | 2 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2016-08-23
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This is a book on how the U.S. and other governments have changed their thinking about energy issues over the past four decades, a change triggered by increasing concern about the role of fossil fuels in global warming and climate change, greater awareness of the risks of nuclear power, and the emergence of viable renewable energy sources. It will help understanding of how this change came about in the United States from the unique perspective of a well-placed participant and observer. It will enhance understanding of the global energy transition that is finally getting underway in the second decade of the 21st century at an accelerating, even dizzying, pace.

The book’s main purpose is to illustrate how the U.S. government moved along its winding path to where it is today in getting ready for a renewable energy future. Target audiences are the young people who will inherit the transition and shape its future, those in government who currently shape our public policies, and those colleagues, friends, and family members who lived through many of the times and events discussed in the book.


"Hoffmanplayedasubstantialroleinthedevelopmentofawidevarietyofrenewableenergytechnologiesoverthepast40years,whileemployedattheU.S.Senate,theNationalAcademyofSciences,andtheDOE.Much can be learned by examining the failures as well as the successes. Hoffmantellsuswhatneedstobedoneforagentlelandingonsustainabletechnologieswithasmartgrid. This is an important and necessary path for the nation and the planet."

—Emeritus Professor David Hafemeister, California Polytechnic State University, USA, and Author of Physics of Societal Issues


—Dr. Peter F. Varadi, Co-founder of Solarex Corporation

"Dr.AllanHoffmanpresentsauniquepersonalrecordoftheU.S.energypolicydevelopmentduringfourdecades.He is one of the top driving forces in this progress and conveys a fascinating description of the successes and disappointments from the inside of the federal government. Earlier than most people, he recognizedthepotentialofrenewableenergy. He hasalso beenapioneerincomprehendingthewater–energylinkage.Foranybodywhowishestounderstandhowtechnologyrelatestopolitics,thisbookisamust-read."

—Prof. Gustaf Olsson, Lund University, Sweden

Table of Contents


The New England Years: How It All Got Started

Introduction to Capitol Hill

OPEC Oil Embargo and Corporate Average Fuel Economy

First Tour of Duty in the Executive Branch and the DPR

Post-Domestic Policy Review Period and the Ronald Reagan–George H. W. Bush Years

The Clinton–Gore Years (Part 1 of 3)

The Clinton–Gore Years (Part 2 of 3)

The Clinton–Gore Years (Part 3 of 3)

The 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta

Cooperation with Other Countries to Develop Renewable Energy Technologies

The George W. Bush–Dick Cheney Years

Time in the Obama Administration and Final Years in Government

Summarizing and Looking at Today’s Renewable Energy Situation

Looking Ahead

The Importance of Energy Policy

About the Author

Allan R. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Engineering Physics degree from Cornell University and a PhD in physics from Brown University. Trained as an experimental physicist, he has devoted most of his career to the planning and management of clean energy technology programs in Washington, DC. He has served as a staff scientist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and in senior positions at the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Hoffman is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

About the Series

Pan Stanford Series on Renewable Energy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Physics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable