It discusses various approaches to "clean energy", and why they do not provide the desired benefits. We have a consumption crisis. Green Illusions is broken into two distinct parts. Part I is a current history and investigation into why people believe renewable energy technologies will benefit humanity and the planet, and why that belief system is highly suspect and even detrimental despite the fact that fossil fuels yield negative consequences as well.
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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? This practical, environmentally informed, and lucid book persuasively argues for a change of perspective. The dozens of first steps he offers are surprisingly straightforward. 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Green Illusions. Oct 01, Mike rated it did not like it Shelves: sociology. I picked this book up at the library hoping it would provide an accurate critique of green technologies and was sorely disappointed. It is very weak on the science and economics of each technology and very biased toward the model of everyone living in dense urban areas and using mass transit - complete with personal references to glorious periods of time lived abroad in energy paradise and fear mongering anecdotes to scare everyone away from each technology.
The errors begin no later than page 7 I picked this book up at the library hoping it would provide an accurate critique of green technologies and was sorely disappointed. Dieter Schroder would have given him an "F" for being orders of magnitude off.
Tens of billions - yes. Tens of trillions - nowhere near that. The size of the automotive and semiconductor industries provide common sense reference points for the errors in his estimate and illustrate that it is not the size of the investment that would be required, but rather how little we value the energy we use - i. View all 4 comments. Jul 07, Amber rated it liked it Shelves: library-vegas , book-club.
I want to divide this book into two sections - the first section is awesome. He explains the reality of alternative energies extremely well. I appreciated his point of view and the fact that finally someone is putting into print the realities of the situation.
I should have stopped reading there because I would have given it a strong 5 star rating. My love for this book started to wane with the second half of the book where the author connected everything to our piggish use of energy. Everything I want to divide this book into two sections - the first section is awesome. Everything; teenage acne, sexuality, obesity, blah blah, its all connected.
And the ceaseless comparison - well Europeans do it this way and only if us backwards Americans could be more like those Europeans, well, we might stand a chance. We are Americans, not Europeans, and we need solutions for our cultural and socio-economic context.
May 23, Aaron rated it it was amazing. This is a book both devastatingly honest and realistic about the challenges we face, but also full of reasons to be hopeful. Personally, I think it is the only environmental book that really addresses the inter-connectedness of the many challenges we're confronting as a society, and Zehner does so with searing intelligence and quite a bit of humour.
His critiques are forceful without being pedantic or accusatory. And his writing is extremely accessible and engaging. What's particularly impressiv This is a book both devastatingly honest and realistic about the challenges we face, but also full of reasons to be hopeful. What's particularly impressive is that Zehner grounds his analysis in social science scholarship, yet you never feel like you're reading an academic book.
He reminds us that scholarship cannot only show us where we've gone wrong in our thinking and actions, but in piercing through the fog of our own desires, carve out a realistic path forward.
This is an impressive book that I believe will become a classic not only in specific studies of energy technologies, but for the environmental movement more broadly. Dec 23, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: technology , industry , environmental , science , non-fiction. Wouldn't it be nice if the world ran on happiness and flower power and if windmills and sunshine could feed millions and solve all our problems? Unfortunately that's an idea which has recently wormed its way into politics, especially since the Paris Climate Change Conference this year.
Here in Canada we don't have the time or money to care about the environment anymore unless we're weed-smoking hippies on welfare or middle-class suburb kids who think that just because they don't use soap they're Wouldn't it be nice if the world ran on happiness and flower power and if windmills and sunshine could feed millions and solve all our problems?
Here in Canada we don't have the time or money to care about the environment anymore unless we're weed-smoking hippies on welfare or middle-class suburb kids who think that just because they don't use soap they're saving whales.
It doesn't mean we don't give a damn, but most over here in Nova Scotia are relying on coal and shipbuilding, and out west it's oil. Hearing politicians stand up and say that electric cars and solar panels are the future is actually very depressing in that respect. Does the government here seriously believe that people can fall back on supposed huge amounts of green technology jobs if coal and oil disappear?
Canada is economically-unstable enough already! This book doesn't shun environmentalism, in fact it's all for it, but in a more reasonable and practical way. It sheds light on hippies and hypocrites and it also discusses what the real bad apple is - overpopulation and corporate greed.
How can these things be stopped or at least controlled? How can people make a difference without imposing their beliefs on others who don't share them? How can environmentalism work without taking things away from people?
Green Illusions answers all that and more. Nov 10, Sonali Daneil rated it it was amazing. 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. The first part of the book exposes a lot of the dirty secrets about clean energy.
The latter parts deal with how to move forward. And, the ideas seem a lot more convincing and realistic than a lot of the other ideas floating around out there in green tech la la land. Nov 09, Cassie Bennett rated it it was amazing. This has given me insight into how easily we humans are fooled into believing what we want. Going green has become a religion - a notion I have considered but never followed through with research. In the US we built our towns and cities on the best soil located near waterways which is now trapped thoughtlessly under asphalt.
The best example of what deregulation in practice looks like is the Niger Delta today. Ozzie exposes the scam behind LEED certification and smartly posits that our energy crisis is cultural rather than technological.
Today, once again we believe we think we have solved the problem — this time with our false green celebrities: Solar and Wind Power. Why not expect solar, wind or technology to save us? Read this great book and find out… For once it was a book I have no preconceptions and I didn't really have a clue what was coming. I don't even know how I actually picked it up and ordered it, but I'm glad I did. Green Illusions is a book explaining what current green initiatives there are ongoing in the world and why many of those will never solve the actual problem of us ruining the globe.
It goes through in very detail solar power, wind power and all other electricity bas Latest book I read was Green Illusions by Ozzie Zehner. It goes through in very detail solar power, wind power and all other electricity based green thinking ventures.
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