Post Carbon Cities: New book on meeting challenges of 'peak oil' and global warming.

    Author's Eastern tour launches with Boston, New York, Philadelphia,

    PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 31 /CNW/ -- Record-setting prices for oil are
creating huge problems for America's cities as they cope with soaring fuel
costs. In Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty,
Daniel Lerch of Post Carbon Institute shows city leaders how to create plans
to reduce local vulnerability to rising prices and volatile energy markets.
    "The exciting news in this book is that America's local leaders are not
waiting for Washington to act," said Lerch. "In the cities I profile, city
officials and citizen committees have already started developing immediate and
long-term energy plans to move away from fossil fuels and develop alternative
sources of energy."
    Post Carbon Cities draws on the experiences of American and Canadian
cities large and small, to make it easier for cities to learn from what others
have done.

    -- Portland, Oregon is leading the nation with an ambitious goal to cut
       community-wide oil and natural gas use by 50% over the next 25 years.
    -- Hamilton, Ontario is reconsidering a major airport expansion after key
       officials and citizen activists insisted that future oil scarcity be
       taken into account.
    -- Willits, California assessed its vulnerability to oil scarcity and was
       able to find and resolve potential problems at the main city water
       treatment plant.
    -- Oakland, California is nearing completion of an eight-month task force
       study to identify ways to become "oil independent" by 2020.
    "Post Carbon Cities is the first major book written specifically for
local government officials, staff, and community activists on how to respond
to the fundamental changes taking place in the global energy system," said
Debbie Cook, city councilor of Huntington Beach, California. "Every municipal
leader in America should read this book."
    Lerch started an East Coast promotional book tour this week with
presentations and meetings with city leaders in Boston and Providence.  The
tour continues next week with presentations in New York and Philadelphia, and
ends the following week with appearances around Toronto.  Lerch is also
meeting with student groups and citizen activists during the tour.  Tour
schedule and details are at
    Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty is
published by Post Carbon Press (Sebastopol, California): information and
ordering at
    For more information contact Daniel Lerch:

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For further information: Daniel Lerch of Post Carbon Institute, 
+1-971-207-6334, Web Site:   

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