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Electrify

An Optimist's Playbook for Our Clean Energy Future

Saul Griffith

Saul Griffith

Founder of Rewiring America

An optimistic—but realistic and feasible—action plan for fighting climate change while creating new jobs and a healthier environment: electrify everything.

Synopsis

Climate change is a planetary emergency. We have to do something now—but what? Saul Griffith has a plan. In Electrify, Griffith lays out a detailed blueprint—optimistic but feasible—for fighting climate change while creating millions of new jobs and a healthier environment. Griffith's plan can be summed up simply: electrify everything. He explains exactly what it would take to transform our infrastructure, update our grid, and adapt our households to make this possible. Billionaires may contemplate escaping our worn-out planet on a private rocket ship to Mars, but the rest of us, Griffith says, will stay and fight for the future.

Griffith, an engineer and inventor, calls for grid neutrality, ensuring that households, businesses, and utilities operate as equals; we will have to rewrite regulations that were created for a fossil-fueled world, mobilize industry as we did in World War II, and offer low-interest “climate loans.” Griffith's plan doesn't rely on big, not-yet-invented innovations, but on thousands of little inventions and cost reductions. We can still have our cars and our houses—but the cars will be electric and solar panels will cover our roofs. For a world trying to bounce back from a pandemic and economic crisis, there is no other project that would create as many jobs—up to 25 million, according to one economic analysis. Is this politically possible? We can change politics along with everything else.

About the Author

  • Saul Griffith
    Saul Griffith

    Founder of Rewiring America

    Saul Griffith is the founder and chief scientist of Rewiring America. An inventor, entrepreneur, and MacArthur “genius” fellow, both Saul and Rewiring America are on a mission to electrify everything in order to fight climate change, create jobs, save households money on their energy bills, and enjoy zippier cars, cleaner air, and more modern appliances. In Electrify, Saul explains exactly what it would take to transform our infrastructure, update our grid, and adapt our households to make this possible. To dig in to more details about Rewiring America’s plans to electrify everything, please see our research reports on households, jobs, the one billion machines we need to replace, and the policies we need to make it all happen in time to save planet Earth.

Praise

  • Kirkus Reviews
    Kirkus Reviews

    "Surprisingly optimistic, realistic, and persuasive." Read on.

  • Kim Stanley Robinson
    Kim Stanley Robinson

    Author of the Mars trilogy and The Ministry for the Future

    "The great thing about Electrify is that it zeroes in on two of the most urgent issues we face in coping with climate change and dodging the onrushing mass extinction event: how to transform our energy supply to clean renewables as quickly as possible and, crucially, how to pay for that work. The combination, as outlined by Griffith, is an inspiring and even exhilarating experience to witness. Read it and see!"

  • Mariana Mazzucato
    Mariana Mazzucato

    Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London; author of Mission Economy

    "A radical but realistic take on the new direction of infrastructure, investment, and production, Electrify is required reading for an economy-wide green transition in the USA."

Events

  • Booksmith
    Booksmith

    Oct 12, 2021

    Saul Griffith in conversation with journalist and collaborator Laura Fraser at the Electrify! Book launch at the Booksmith in San Francisco. Register here.

  • Rev Conference
    Rev Conference

    Oct 18, 2021

    Saul Griffith will give the keynote address at the Renewable Energy Vermont conference. A preorder link with discount code will be given to attendees. Learn more and register here.

  • Seminary Co-op
    Seminary Co-op

    Oct 19, 2021

    Saul Griffith will be in conversation with a professor from UChicago ECo at the Seminary Co-op.

Contact the Author

For speaking engagements and any other inquiries for Saul Griffith, please contact:

Wes Neff
President of Leigh Bureau
Email: wesn@leighbureau.com
Web: Leigh Bureau