Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism (ISBN ), by Ozzie Zehner, was published in by. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Zehner, Ozzie. Green illusions: the dirty secrets of clean energy and the future of environmentalism / Ozzie. Green Illusions. The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism. Ozzie Zehner. Our Sustainable Future Series. pages 12 illustrations.
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Green Illusions will turn your Alternative Energy thinking on it’s head. 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: The author argues that carbon taxes allow other side effects of energy production like radiation, groundwater pollution, and deforestation to go ahead without the same tax penalty.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Otherwise, besides some ill-advised pretentions toward lyricism and metaphors, the book gfeen highly readable. European Experts Release Draft Guidelines. Hearing politicians stand up and say that electric cars and solar panels greenn the future is actually very depressing in that respect.
These illusios cautionary notes in the head-long rush towards renewable sources.
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Typically, alternative energy sources can be split into two main groups: Mar 14, DavidO rated it really liked it Shelves: He shows that the life cycle of bio-fuels eventually results in accelerated climate change due to destruction of rainforests, as per the experience in Brazil; manufacture of solar cells result in large emission of toxic greenhouse gases like hexafluoroethane C2F6, Nitrogen trifluoride NF3 and sulphur hexafluoride SF6which are twelve to seventeen thousand times more potent than CO2.
In poor countries, the soot from firewood, waste, and dung kills about 1. In my mind, there is a presumption that we have a choice between alternative energy and fossil fuels.
But Zehner is also clearly playing the provocateur here, and it appears to have been a wise gambit, given the sonorous harrumphing illusoons book has generated in green circles. In short, the book quite effectively tear This is a book directed towards Americans about their energy usage and how best to obtain it and use it. Let us look at some of them. Jan 27, Frank Berg rated it it was amazing. Similarly, a principal at Island Park Elementary School in Mercer Island, Washington, an avid bicycler herself, vetoed a proposed bike route, pointing out that a fifth-grader had recently been killed while walking his bike through a street crossing.
Imagine your high school math teacher being Sir Laurence Olivier dressed as Hamlet. Read this great book and find out… Development of wind power is said to cause loss of jobs in the economy, grid stability problems, high subsidization, higher retail electricity rates, and usage issues.
May 27, Charlie rated it it was amazing. If city leaders wish to reduce urban smog, for example, they might well recognize that 80 percent of it flows from just 20 percent of the vehicles experiencing poor combustion, Zehner said. Zehner’s own analysis — as well as research recently published out of the University of Zener — suggests that there is little evidence to support that. I appreciated his point of view and the fact that finally someone is putting into print the realities of the situation.
He does offer clear specific and ethical examples of how to do these things Let me summarize this book for you and save you a great deal of time. In short, the book quite effectively tears down all the popular “green” solutions, for a variety of reasons: Such options might include better urban and neighborhood planning to improve traffic flow, and to encourage zenher and bicycling, Zehner said, or carefully targeted improvements to the existing car fleet.
I like that the varying sides of arguments for or against a type of energy weren’t the same ones that we’re beaten over the head with. The author makes a cogent case for their relevance to the green movement. Also, how does income inequality affect rates and forms of consumption, investment, growth and other stresses on the non-human world?
My favourite book on environmentalism. I picked this book up at the library hoping it would provide an accurate critique of green technologies and was sorely disappointed. As things stand, Western governments, mainstream environmental movements, establishment scientists and mainstream media have successfully sold us the ideal of total adoption of renewable energy as the way forward. It discusses various approaches to “clean energy”, and why they do not provide the desired benefits.
Taller or more efficient wind turbines are just another way of throwing [the boomerang] harder. Another prominent conventional energy source is uranium, which is used to generate nuclear energy. As one commenter at Plugincars. Practical and clear eyed. This has given me insight into how easily we humans are fooled into believing what we want. Indeed, his core objection appears to be with technology fixes in general, or the conviction that any bit of technological derring-do — be it a high-efficiency photovoltaic cell or a low-emissions vehicle — will be sufficient to nudge the planet from unpleasant trajectories like global warming.
Ozzie Zehner’s ‘Green Illusions’ Ruffles Feathers
Zehner m This book is important. Zehner is like us – he does not know the answers, but this book lays out the bigger questions we should be asking and thinking about.
This book doesn’t shun environmentalism, in fact it’s all for it, but in a more reasonable and practical way. Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction This review was originally published in my blog – here In general, if one is politically conservative or to the Right, he develops a confirmation bias against the alarmist prognosis of grewn change and the position that renewable energy solutions are a panacea. This is an important factor indeed. But, recent reports in this decade have concluded that Spain, Germany, UK and France are rolling back subsidies for clean energy because they are unaffordable and unsustainable.
The kind of financing that you need for renewables requires that. I would recommend grene anyone who zehnwr they care about the environment.