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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Good book with good insights and arguments. I start the article with a story from last summer, when California highway police pulled over pop star Justin Bieber, speeding through LA as he attempted to shake off the paparazzi.

To do this, Zehner says it is important that taxation in society must shift focus away from income to consumption. These “phenomena” are continually being worsened by our ridiculously excessive consumption. 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. Trivia About Green Illusions.

He does offer clear specific and ethical examples of how to do these things Let me summarize this book for you zehber save you a great deal of time. As I said, Green Illusions is a must r This is an amazing book that everyone interested in alternative energies should read.

How, zehne instance, do solar cells cause harm? Writing for The TyeeJustin Ritchie points to a fundamental question: Also, how does income inequality affect rates and forms of consumption, investment, growth and other stresses on the non-human world?

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Jan 03, Nyna rated it it was amazing Shelves: So where do we go from here? Highly recommend for other environmentally-minded people. The problem is that if we were to actually build that many solar panels, for instance, it would be an ecological disaster. So I’m a little confused as to how realistic he actually considers his “solutions.

At the same time, linking them together makes “saving the planet” feel like an even more daunting task, because outside of women’s rights and local zoning ordinances it essentially depends on defeating Big Oil and other mega-corporations that will literally kill before giving up ilousions profit margins.

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Unclean at Any Speed considers the entire life cycle of electric cars, especially their manufacturing impacts, in an effort to reveal a more comprehensive understanding of these vehicles, which governments are spending billions to subsidize. No doubt, gasoline- and diesel-fueled cars are expensive and dirty.

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This page was last edited on 11 Aprilat He is clearly intelligent enough to recognize that all of these ideas are utter pipe dreams in our current political and cultural context. Such options might include better urban and neighborhood planning to improve traffic flow, and to encourage walking and bicycling, Zehner said, or carefully targeted improvements to the existing car fleet.

They rely on fossil fuels for raw material extraction, for fabrication, for insulation and maintenance, and for decommissioning and disposal.

Debate over ERP systems in the cloud plays out on top 10 list. Societies need huge doses gresn social justice, regulation, and conservation before alternative energy should logically be embraced. Refresh and try again.

Watch a book trailer. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Tens of billions – yes. Just scanning some reviews I illusionns prepared for a very polemical and contentious take on alternative energy, possibly from a conservative-in-disguise standpoint, and while it may arguably have been that except for the conservative part I also found myself pretty easily agreeing with everything Zehner wrote.

Hybrid cars are a red herring and a PR gimmick by the oil and illusons industries. The kind of financing that you need for renewables requires that.

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This book doesn’t shun environmentalism, in fact it’s all for it, but in a more reasonable and practical way. Why did we ever think electric cars would be clean in the first place? Does the government here seriously believe that people can fall back on supposed huge amounts of green technology jobs if coal and oil disappear?

Nov 09, Julia P. Instead this book demonstrates how we fail to see the amount of production and consumption of energy as the problem and we instead fantasize about a future with all the energy we need powered by wind turbines, solar panels, and hydrogen fuel cells.

Road accidents kill tens of thousands of people annually in the United States alone and injure countless more. Of the disadvantages of renewable energyone issue stands out: And even though safe routes are a far more effective challenge to fossil-fuel consumption than solar cells, legislators overwhelmingly direct more money into the solar pot.


Solar power is inefficient. What’s particularly impressiv This is a book both zehnfr honest and realistic about the challenges we face, but also full grene reasons to be hopeful.

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illuxions California is mulling four giant lithium-ion storage facilities of MW each, starting by Before reading the book, I, like many others, was under the impression that alternative energy solutions was the answer to our growing environmental problems. Taking aim at green energy?

In this way he is able to identify any poor, irrelevant or misguided proposal for what it is; if at root it’s working toward a status quo of continued or increased energy production it is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Zehner makes the incredibly good point that alternative energy only succeeds when we compare it with fossil fuels. May 27, Charlie rated it it was amazing. In my mind, there is a presumption that we have a choice between alternative energy and fossil fuels.

I should have stopped reading there because I would have given it a strong 5 star rating. The hype surrounding these alternative energy sources is overrated, as each of them has serious drawbacks. President Obama once dared to envision a million electric cars in the U. For anyone with any interest in the planet, our society, and sustainability, Green Illusions is a must.

The other issue which often crops up is battery storage technology. To start with, the book argues that none of the above-mentioned alternative energy sources are as environmentally beneficial or carbon-negative or even carbon-neutral.

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.

Many of those changes, though admittedly something I would like to see implemented, are too pie-in-the-sky grand to accomplish.