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      BIODIESEL

      Greg Pahl
      Paperback

      Price: $19.95

      Biodiesel is a vegetable-oil based fuel more biodegradable than sugar and less toxic than table salt. In this essential book, author Greg Pahl explores biodiesel's exciting potential as a fuel for veh…

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      Biodiesel is a vegetable-oil based fuel more biodegradable than sugar and less toxic than table salt. In this essential book, author Greg Pahl explores biodiesel's exciting potential as a fuel for vehicles, home heating and more. It includes resources for buying or making your own biodiesel.

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      ALCOHOL CAN BE A GAS DVD

      David Blume
      Other/miscellaneous products

      Price: $16.47

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      Hear David Blume extol the virtues of ethanol fuel in this two hour lecture, originally given to the Gr…

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      Hear David Blume extol the virtues of ethanol fuel in this two hour lecture, originally given to the Green Party of Nevada City, Calif. In this video, you'll learn the history of gasoline and how ethanol fuel has been attacked by the oil industry.

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      SVO: Powering Your Vehicle With Straight Vegetable Oil

      Forest Gregg
      Paperback

      Price: $9.38

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      The benefits of straight vegetable oil (SVO) as an alternate fuel for diesel engines are many. SVO is cheap, carbon-…

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      The benefits of straight vegetable oil (SVO) as an alternate fuel for diesel engines are many. SVO is cheap, carbon-neutral, uses a waste product and does not depend upon centralized corporate infrastructure.

      SVO is the only book available that explains exactly what you need to convert a diesel vehicle and how to do it properly. It provides readers the knowledge to sort through the different supply companies and online plans to find the best equipment and plans for their needs. While technical in nature, this fully illustrated book is very accessible. Each method is introduced and described in great detail. Illustrated, 226 pages.

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      GREEN TRANSPORTATION BASICS

      DAN CHIRAS
      Paperback

      Price: $6.61

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      Green Transportation Basics is a guide to greening your personal driving habits by dramatically improvi…

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      Green Transportation Basics is a guide to greening your personal driving habits by dramatically improving the efficiency of an existing vehicle using simple measures such as trip planning and regular maintenance to improve fuel economy. This handy guide also explores the most promising new green cars and trucks, including electric vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and natural-gas cars. And it critically examines sustainable fuels including ethanol, biodiesel, straight vegetable oil, hydrogen and biomethane, evaluating each according to a set of established criteria. Each green fuel source must:

      • be socially, economically and environmentally sustainable
      • have a high net energy yield
      • be clean, abundant, renewable and affordable.
      Don't let your dream of greening your transportation idle – Green Transportation Basics will guide you through the myths and misconceptions and provide clear options for the road to a more sustainable future.

      About the Author
      Dan Chiras is a respected educator and author who has published more than 25 books on residential renewable energy and green building. He is the founder and director of The Evergreen Institute, where he teaches workshops on small wind energy systems, solar electricity, passive solar design, energy efficiency, and green and natural building.

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      ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SECRETS

      Stephen D. Chastain
      Paperback

      Price: $24.95

      Alternative Energy Secrets focuses on overlooked fuels. In its pages, you'll find extensive information regarding waste oils and their inexpensive conversion to useful fuels. Also included are plans f…

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      Alternative Energy Secrets focuses on overlooked fuels. In its pages, you'll find extensive information regarding waste oils and their inexpensive conversion to useful fuels. Also included are plans for a super fast oil collector trailer that picks up 200 gallons in a few minutes and does not form water emulsion like a gear pump will. Author Stephen Chastain describes oil cracking, blending, filtering, testing, and the construction of centrifuges to clean waste oils and make them suitable for use in home heating or as diesel fuel. Also covered is the construction of waste oil burners and heaters, tips on off-grid power generation and converting your car to diesel. This book is a practical how to text containing very unusual material. A must have for alternative energy users!

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      BIODIESEL POWER

      Lyle Estill
      Paperback

      Price: $6.86

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      Whether we are nearing the end of oil or merely nearing the end of inexpensive oil, it is becoming in…

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      Whether we are nearing the end of oil or merely nearing the end of inexpensive oil, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need to find alternative ways to meet our energy needs. Biodiesel is one such alternative, and it's one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy.

      Biodiesel in North America is in its infancy. As air quality deteriorates in major centers, governments are scrambling for ways to reduce emissions and are embracing biodiesel in their fleets. Conferences on biodiesel are often "inaugural," as society begins discussing this fuel in earnest.

      Biodiesel Power is a chronicle of this emerging industry. Lightly touching on the technical aspects of the fuel, its qualities and specifications, the book is largely about the people and stories of the biodiesel movement. It explores the tensions between:

      • grassroots activists and their altruistic co-ops
      • the profit-minded commercial producers and the voices of agribusiness
      • the government
      Far from a third-party account, Biodiesel Power comes from one whose experience with biodiesel ranges from the grease dumpster to the boardroom. Author Lyle Estill has made the journey from backyard brewing to being part of a producer and distributor cooperative, and then on to commercial production.

      Compelling and timely, Biodiesel Power is the history of biodiesel in the making. It will appeal to a wide audience including farmers, truckers, backyarders and commercial producers, investors, politicians and all those concerned about the end of oil.

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      INDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION

      Lyle Estill
      Paperback

      Price: $17.95

      For many people, the word “industry” brings to mind images of sprawling factories belching toxic emissions in a blighted natural landscape. “Industrial” has become synonymous with pollution, human rig…

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      For many people, the word “industry” brings to mind images of sprawling factories belching toxic emissions in a blighted natural landscape. “Industrial” has become synonymous with pollution, human rights abuse, and corporate greed. In Industrial Evolution, Lyle Estill seeks to reclaim the term, with its original connotations of hard work, diligence and productivity, and to show how community-scale enterprise can create a vibrant, sustainable local economy. Industrial Evolution is a story of survival. It is about how the small group of committed entrepreneurs introduced in Small is Possible managed to keep their dream alive and thriving through the economic recession, emerging with a model of what a sustainable local economy might look like in a post carbon future. Compulsively readable and seasoned with light humor, this grassroots account demonstrates that ecological stewardship and enterprise at an appropriate scale can lay the foundation for abundance.

      Industrial Evolution skips the doom and gloom and is all about solutions. By showing that it is possible to take the big out of industry, this book motivates people to work together in a meaningful way. Filled with inspirational tales of success, failure, perseverance, and real world experiences that anyone can relate to, Industrial Evolution is a must-read for activists, organizers, politicians, and anyone who cares about resilient communities.

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      HIGH VOLTAGE

      Jim Motavalli
      Hardcover

      Price: $24.99

      A behind-the-scenes look at the robustly competitive race to dominate the market for electric cars, the larger-than-life moguls behind them, and the changes that are transforming the auto industry.

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      A behind-the-scenes look at the robustly competitive race to dominate the market for electric cars, the larger-than-life moguls behind them, and the changes that are transforming the auto industry.

      In the 1980s, it was unimaginable that the home computer would become as common and easy to use as a toaster. Today, plug-in charging stations and smart grids seem like something still far off in the future. But by 2020, the auto industry will look very different from today’s field of troubled auto giants. The combination of technological breakthroughs and charging networks driven by global warming and peak oil makes it clear that revolutionary change in the auto industry is happening right now.

      In High Voltage, Jim Motavalli captures this period of unprecedented change, documenting the evolution from internal combustion engines to electric power. Driven by the auto world’s ambitious and sometimes outlandish personalities, the book chronicles the race to dominate the market, focusing on big players like Tesla and Fisker, as well as a tiny start-up and a battery supplier. Flashing forward to the changes we’ll see in the coming years, High Voltage shows a not-so-distant future where we will live on a smart grid, our cars “fueling,” that is, charging, while we shop or sleep. The ramifications of these changes will be on a grander scale than most of us ever imagined—altering foreign policy, reducing trade deficits, and perhaps even ending global warming.

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      GOOSEN'S ALCOHOL FUEL BOOK

      Clarence D. Goosen
      Paperback

      Price: $27.95

      Based on scientific and professional understanding of how to make quality alcohol in considerable quantities, this book is filled with detailed articles on distillation principles, how stills are desi…

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      Based on scientific and professional understanding of how to make quality alcohol in considerable quantities, this book is filled with detailed articles on distillation principles, how stills are designed for optimum production and several recipes for mashing corn. Other articles cover the complete process of making alcohol fuel. Also featured are plans for making several experimental stills, an 8-inch packed column still, mash cookers and other equipment for production of alcohol fuel. Detailed charts answer the many questions sure to be asked by the novice distiller.

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