The Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative recently released Game Changed: Energy on the Move, a new book edited by Hoover distinguished fellow George Shultz and Director of the MIT Energy Initiative Robert C. Armstrong on the historic and current innovations on energy. A product of many years of collaboration between the two organizations, the book’s first five chapters outline the present, future, and possibilities of various aspects of the energy revolution, while emphasizing the importance of continuing energy research.
“We believe that we are on the brink of a golden age in the field of energy,” wrote Shultz and Armstrong in the book’s preface. “Game-changing energy innovations are the engine toward a bright future. . . . We need to rev up the engine of energy innovation in our country, and this time, we cannot allow that engine to stall.”
Formatted as a series of short quotes and essays from energy experts adeptly woven together with analysis and further explanation, the book as a whole gives a wide survey of energy innovation, covering topics such as natural gas from shales, solar photovoltaics, grid-scale electricity storage, electric cars, and LED lighting. The final two chapters look to the future of energy, and the role of the military as an energy game changer.
In addition to Shultz, Hoover fellows Jeremy Carl and Commander David Slayton contributed to the book.
In conjunction with the project, the teams established a Game Changers website that would function as a “curated digital clearinghouse” of information about important potential energy technologies. The site prominently features technologies discussed in the Stanford-MIT conferences, including compelling examples that resonate with a broad audience. In the future, the teams hope to add links to other web resources as well as a blog for analysis and commentary on emerging issues of interest.