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A lesson in bringing about true changes of mind and heart comes from a Japanese functionary. By day, he crunched numbers that showed his country was approaching imminent energy crisis and helped to craft policy. By night, he weaved a novel in which a bureaucrat-hero helps see the country through to new energy sources. When the crisis came faster than he expected, he actually put the novel away because he did not want to make the burden of his countrymen worse. When the short-term crisis passed, he published his novel. It's phenomenal and well-timed success fueled the vision that inspired difficult change and maintained a sense of urgency.

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Council on Foreign Relations Press 2001. An essay that Yergin publiDaniel Yergind on the peak oil controversy in the Wall Street Journal aroused further criticism from the peak oil community. 1982 ISBN 0-394-71063-0; Random House new revised 3rd ed.

Yergin is the co-founder and chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates an energy research consultancy that is now part of IHS Inc. Daniel Howard Yergin (born February 6 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize winning American author speaker and economic researcher.

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