Green Illusions The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism

ISBN-10: 0803237758

ISBN-13: 9780803237759

Edition: 2012

Authors: Ozzie Zehner
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Description: 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.

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Book details

List price: $33.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 6/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.01" wide x 9.00" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Ozzie Zehner, a philanthropy advisor who has collaborated on numerous projects in industry, government, and academia, is a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

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