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Hardcover | $25.95 Short | £20.95 | 232 pp. | 6 x 9 in | October 2011 | ISBN: 9780262016773
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Unlocking Energy Innovation

How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System


Energy innovation offers us our best chance to solve the three urgent and interrelated problems of climate change, worldwide insecurity over energy supplies, and rapidly growing energy demand. But if we are to achieve a timely transition to reliable, low-cost, low-carbon energy, the U.S. energy innovation system must be radically overhauled.

Unlocking Energy Innovation outlines an up-to-the-minute plan for remaking America’s energy innovation system by tapping the country’s entrepreneurial strengths and regional diversity in both the public and private spheres. “Business as usual” will not fill the energy innovation gap. Only the kind of systemic, transformative changes to our energy innovation system described in this provocative book will help us avert the most dire scenarios and achieve a sustainable and secure energy future.

About the Authors

Richard K. Lester is Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT and Founding Director of MIT’s Industrial Performance Center. He is the author or coauthor of The Productive Edge and other books.

David M. Hart is Professor in the School of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy at George Mason University. He is the author of Forged Consensus: Science, Technology, and Economic Policy in the United States, 1921–1953. He served as Assistant Director for Innovation Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2011 to 2012.

Table of Contents

  • Ethics, Sexual Orientation, and Choices about Children
  • Basic Bioethics
  • Arthur Caplan, editor
  • A complete list of the books in the Basic Bioethics series appears at the back of this book.
  • Ethics, Sexual Orientation, and Choices about Children
  • Timothy F. Murphy
  • The MIT Press
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • London, England
  • ©
  • 2012
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means (including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval) without permission in writing from the publisher.
  • MIT Press books may be purchased at special quantity discounts for business or sales promotional use. For information, please email or write to Special Sales Department, The MIT Press, 55 Hayward Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.
  • This book was set in Sabon by The MIT Press. Printed on recycled paper and bound in the United States of America.
  • Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
  • Murphy, Timothy F., 1955–
  • Ethics, sexual orientation, and choices about children / Timothy F. Murphy.
  • p. cm. — (Basic bioethics)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • ISBN 978-0-262-01805-0 (hbk. : alk. paper)
  • 1. Homosexuality—Genetic aspects. 2. Sexual orientation—Research—Moral and ethical aspects. 3. Prenatal influences. 4. Prenatal diagnosis. 5. Human genetics—Moral and ethical aspects. 6. Bioethics. I. Title.
  • HQ76.25.M867 2012
  • 176′.4—dc23
  • 2012007248
  • 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Contents
  • Series Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 The Controversy: Parents and Their Children 1
  • 2 The Controversy Goes Mainstream
  • 13
  • 3 A Genetic Study Raises the Stakes 17
  • 4 Book Reports, Mostly 29
  • 5 In Defense of Trait Selection 79
  • 6 More Debate 97
  • 7 Beyond Rights
  • 111
  • 8 Not a Few Last Words 123
  • Appendix: Arguments for and against Prenatal Interventions 139
  • Notes 143
  • Bibliography 157
  • Index 165


“Richard Lester and David Hart offer a thoughtful analysis about the special challenges of innovation in energy. Their book will generate discussion and indeed debate about the relative roles of government and markets in bringing innovation about.”
Daniel Yergin, author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
“Lester and Hart have perceptively described what a vastly improved U.S. energy innovation system would look like and the significant economic and environmental benefits it could deliver. Equally important, they have laid out a thoughtful initial approach to building this system over the near and long-term.”
Dan W. Reicher, Executive Director, Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


Honorable Mention, 2011 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Business, Finance & Management, presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers