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After covering the environment and energy beat for more than a decade, journalist Amanda Little decided the only way to fully understand America’s energy crisis was to travel into the heart of it. So she embarked on a daring, cross-country power trip to the most extreme and exciting frontiers of our energy landscape.

In Power Trip, we accompany her to a deep-sea oil rig, the cornfields of Kansas, the catacombs of the Pentagon, the Talladega Superspeedway, and inside New York City’s electrical grid. We visit laboratories creating the innovations that will carry us into a clean-energy future. We also travel back through history to investigate how America developed its unrivaled appetite for fossil fuels. In vivid, fast-paced prose, she illustrates how the same American ingenuity that got us into this mess can get us out of it too.

With next-generation candor and optimism, Little explores the most promising clean-energy solutions on the horizon, arguing that everything we know about our past teaches us that we can solve the problems of our future. Hard-hitting and forward-thinking, Power Trip is a lively and impassioned travel guide for all readers trying to navigate our shifting landscape, and a clear-eyed manifesto for the younger generations inheriting the earth.


Power Trip offers a panoramic view of our energy crisis, exploring past, present, and future with hope, passion, and humor. Whether you are liberal or conservative, expert or novice, young or old, you’ll find adventure and insight in this book.”
– Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

“Energy is the most important story in the world bar none, and no one has ever told it with more verve than Amanda Little. If you want to know how the world works, and why it may not work much longer, this is the book you need.”
– Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature

“Lively, engaging, and most thought-provoking, Power Trip takes us on a journey through the very wide world of energy, from its colorful past to its high-tech future. Little answers the questions that perplex many and, so importantly, identifies the key questions that only the future will answer.”
– Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

Power Trip weaves a fast, fun, and gripping story–one that’s both candid and unflinching in its approach. Amanda represents the best of a new, young perspective, a new voice of green.”
– Robert Redford