Green Illusions

Green Illusions

The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism

by Ozzie Zehner

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/06/2012

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We don't have an energy crisis. We have a consumption crisis. And this book, which takes aim at cherished assumptions regarding energy, offers refreshingly straight talk about what's wrong with the way we think and talk about the problem. Though we generally believe we can solve environmental problems with more energy-more solar cells, wind turbines, and biofuels-alternative technologies come with their own side effects and limitations. How, for instance, do solar cells cause harm? Why can't engineers solve wind power's biggest obstacle? Why won't contraception solve the problem of overpopulation lying at the heart of our concerns about energy, and what will? This practical, environmentally informed, and lucid book persuasively argues for a change of perspective. If consumption is the problem, as Ozzie Zehner suggests, then we need to shift our focus from suspect alternative energies to improving social and political fundamentals: walkable communities, improved consumption, enlightened governance, and, most notably, women's rights. The dozens of first steps he offers are surprisingly straightforward.
For instance, he introduces a simple sticker that promises a greater impact than all of the nation's solar cells. He uncovers why carbon taxes won't solve our energy challenges (and presents two taxes that could). Finally, he explores how future environmentalists will focus on similarly fresh alternatives that are affordable, clean, and can actually improve our well-being. Watch a book trailer.
ISBN:
9780803237759
Category:
Sustainability
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-06-2012
Language:
English
Series:
Our Sustainable Future
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
464
Dimensions (mm):
5830x3819x30mm
Weight:
0.68kg
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