Public Agenda

Who Turned Out the Lights?

Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis

Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

In the 2008 bestseller, Where Does the Money Go? Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson cut through the confusing political jargon to give readers an unbiased, understandable, and even humorous look at the federal budget crisis. In WHO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS? (Harper Paperbacks; October 27th, 2009), Bittle and Johnson are back to tackle a subject even more controversial and confusing: The Energy Crisis.

Energy is a problem that never seems to go away, despite our best efforts to ignore it. Why has there been so much talk and so little action? WHO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS? offers a much needed reality check: The “Drill, Baby, Drill” versus “Every Day is Earth Day” battle is not solving our problems and the finger-pointing is just holding us up.

By applying the same winning approach they used to irreverently explain the federal budget crisis in Where Does the Money Go?, Bittle and Johnson use pop culture to help define the fundamental concepts that shape the debate and explain the three risks we face: that we won’t be able to afford energy, that we’ll run out of it, and that we’ll destroy the planet before we have a chance to solve the problem. They guide readers through a range of ideas on the agenda, including alternative fuels, nuclear power, conservation, alternative forms of transportation, and alternative living patterns, and then outline the pros and cons of each.