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Green Deen by Keith Ellison, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

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Chapter 8Living Off the Grid

I began this section on watts by talking about the blackout of 2003 in the northeastern United States and how it got me thinking about energy. Throughout this section, we have looked at the sources of present and future energy, and also at energy from heaven versus energy from hell. I have also talked about the promise of green jobs and energy efficiency. Now I want to return to the blackout to talk about how we can address the imbalances in the way we deliver energy.

Blackouts are not unusual in the world. Across the globe, people live in places where energy is unreliable and unavailable. The Qur’an says:

But squander not (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. (Qur’an 17:26)

In places where the flow of energy ...

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