If you want to know how to end our addiction to oil …

Cover image of Joe Romm's book, Straight Up: America's Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions… buy my book, Straight Up: America’s Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions.

Traffic is up 50% as Climate Progress has been providing readers the most comprehensive coverage on the BP oil disaster — from the causes to the human impacts to the policy implications — for free!

So I thought I’d take the opportunity to plug my book, which devotes an entire chapter to peak oil and what to do about it, and another to the “clean energy solution.”  In other chapters, the book explains how the media and the anti-science disinformers have undercut efforts to mobilize the kind of political effort the country needs to dramatically reduce fossil fuel use once and for all.

If you haven’t bought Straight Up yet, you’re missing:

Obama may not want to take this moment to make the case for the clean, safe energy of the 21st century that never runs out.  But it strikes me as a good time to revisit the issue of how we end our addiction to oil, so I’ll be posting more on that in the coming days.

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9 Responses to If you want to know how to end our addiction to oil …

  1. ken levenson says:

    Another nail in NYTimes dreadful energy coverage:

    Can we really be shocked? Somehow I still am…..

  2. I do recommend Joe’s book, but if you are really interested in how to get off oil, you’ll also want to get the RMI book “Winning the OIl Endgame”, downloadable at

    In it, we argue for a technology and business led transition away from oil.

    Lovins, Amory B., E. Kyle Datta, Odd-Even Bustnes, Jonathan G. Koomey, and Nathan J. Glasgow. 2004. Winning the Oil Endgame: Innovation for Profits, Jobs, and Security. Old Snowmass, Colorado: Rocky Mountain Institute. September.

    [JR: Hmm. Love the authors, but I’m afraid this was written when Amory was still enamored of hydrogen, so I can’t really recommend this book.]

  3. Wit's End says:

    JR, You should plug your first book too, “From Hell and High Water,” which may be more suitable for beginners to the topic, assuming they compose a percentage of the increased traffic!

  4. Michael T says:

    News from NSIDC on April Arctic Sea Ice Extent:


    “During April, Arctic sea ice extent declined at a steady pace, remaining just below the 1979 to 2000 average. Ice extent for April 2010 was the largest for that month in the past decade. At the same time, changing wind patterns have caused older, thicker ice to move south along Greenland’s east coast, where it will likely melt during the summer. Temperatures in the Arctic remained above average.”


    “Despite the late ice growth, Arctic air temperatures remained persistently warmer than average throughout the winter and early spring season. April temperatures were about 3 to 4 degrees Celsius (5 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit) above average across much of the Arctic Ocean, and up to 10 degrees Celsius (18 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal in northern Canada. Conditions in the Arctic were part of a trend of warmer temperatures worldwide in the past few months. An exception was the Sea of Okhotsk, where cool April conditions and northerly winds have slowed the rate of ice retreat. Visit the NASA GISS temperatures Web site for more information on global and Arctic temperatures over the past few months.”

    NASA GISS global temperature anomaly maps are updated each month as new data becomes available. To see ocean data: under “Data Sources”, click on the box next to “Ocean” and select “Hadl/Reyn_v2”

  5. Bill W says:

    Sadly, there’s still no Kindle edition. I’m guessing that’s between your publisher and Amazon.

    [JR: I’m told it’s coming.]

  6. PeterW says:

    Hi Joe, Any chance it will be released as an audio book? I’m starting to really like this format. I just bought Bill McKibben’s audio book Eaarth on iTunes.

  7. Matt M says:

    Hey Joe,

    Still waiting for it to appear in iBooks. I see Hell and High Water is there so I’m hoping Straight Up is not far behind.

  8. Sam says:

    People keep saying that Straight Up is Joe’s 2nd book, but it’s not so. Joe has actually written about 10 books, but his most important seven are:

    April 2010: Straight Up. New York: Island Press. ISBN 9781597267168.

    Dec. 2006: Hell and High Water: Global Warming—the Solution and the Politics—and What We Should Do. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 0-06117-212-X.

    2004: The Hype about Hydrogen, Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate. New York: Island Press. ISBN 1-55963-703-X. An updated edition was published in 2005 (ISBN 1-55963-704-8).

    1999: Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions. New York: Island Press. ISBN 1-55963-709-9.

    1994: Lean and Clean Management: How to Boost Profits and Productivity by Reducing Pollution. New York: Kodansha Amer Inc. ISBN 1-56836-037-1.

    1993: Defining National Security: The Nonmilitary Aspects. Washington: Council on Foreign Relations. ISBN 0-87609-135-4.

    1992: The Once and Future Superpower: How to Restore America’s Economic, Energy, and Environmental Security. New York: William Morrow & Co. ISBN 0-688-11868-2.

  9. Joe,

    re: Winning the Oil Endgame and hydrogen: Amory wrote something about a long-term transition to hydrogen at the end of the book, but for the quantitative 2025 scenario analysis (which I was instrumental in designing), hydrogen was not included because it was not practically relevant in that timeframe. Readers can learn a great deal about how to get the US off of oil (and the difficulties of doing so) by reading this book. They can ignore the last chapter on the longer term (or take the hydrogen analysis with a grain of salt) but they shouldn’t be discouraged from reading the book because of that issue.

    I think you know that I share your skepticism about hydrogen and vehicles, but let’s not throw this very useful baby out with the bath water.