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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
CONGRESSMAN JERRY MCNERNEY
n the November 2006 election, the people of California’s 11th congressio-
nal district (which includes parts of the Silicon Valley and San Joaquin
Valley regions) elected Jerry McNerney to represent them in Washington,
D.C. Reelected in 2008 and 2010, he is a member of the House Committe on
Science, Space, and Technology; the Subcommittee on Energy and the
Environment; and the Subcommittee on Investigation and Oversight.
McNerney was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and attended the Uni-
versity of New Mexico, where he studied engineering and mathematics, earn-
ing a Ph.D. in 1981. He served several years as a contractor to Sandia National
Laboratories on Kirtland Air Force Base, working on wind energy and national
security programs. In 1985, he accepted a senior engineering position with U.S.
Windpower, Kenetech. In 1994, he began working as an energy consultant for
Paciﬁc Gas & Electric, FloWind, the Electric Power Research Institute, and
other utility companies. During his career in wind energy, McNerney’s work
contributed to saving the equivalent of approximately 30 million barrels of oil,
or 8.3 million tons of carbon dioxide—the main greenhouse gas—as well as
other harmful pollutants.
McNerney and his wife of thirty-one years, Mary, make their home in
Pleasanton, California. He is an avid reader, has written three unpublished
novels along with numerous essays, and has also published several technical
papers pertaining to wind energy.
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artin Cheek has worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine writer
for over two decades. He served as the European bureau chief for
Edittech International, a news service that focuses on developments
in science and the high-tech industry. At Edittech, he wrote more than 1,000
articles for magazines and newspapers in North America, Asia, Europe,
and Australia. He has worked as a writer and an editor at South Bay Accent
Magazine, Triumph Magazine, and Defense Science Magazine. He also regu-
larly wrote articles for San Jose Magazine, proﬁling Silicon Valley’s leading
businesspeople. Several of his articles for this magazine won Peninsula Press
Club journalism awards.
Cheek was born in Hollister, California; attended Palma High School in
Salinas; and graduated in 1990 with a journalism degree from San José State
University. He is the author of the ﬁrst and second editions of Moon Handbooks:
Silicon Valley, a travel guide to “the high-tech capital of the world.” He is also
the “City Expert” for the San José/Silicon Valley section of the travel-focused
Home&Abroad.com website. His regular column, called “The Big Picture,” is
published in the Morgan Hill Times, the Gilroy Dispatch, and the Hollister Free
Lance. It often discusses alternative energy issues in the Silicon Valley region.
He makes his home in Morgan Hill, California, where he is active in
various nonproﬁt groups, such as the Friends of the Morgan Hill Library,
the San Pedro Ponds Trail Volunteers, the Poppy Jasper Short Film Festival,
and Leadership Morgan Hill. He also serves on the Morgan Hill Parks and