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.

Author: Vijinn Nadal
Country: Senegal
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Life
Published (Last): 1 April 2015
Pages: 66
PDF File Size: 8.7 Mb
ePub File Size: 3.90 Mb
ISBN: 430-8-89371-273-3
Downloads: 6029
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Viran

Green Illusions

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. Furthermore, cheaper energy and more energy always result in 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 illuzions.

The subsidies seem to have been too good to last long and make renewable energy viable on this model. But herein lies a problem: While burning biochar, a rebranded term for charcoal, is less harmful than burning firewood, the fuel source would have a negative impact if produced on illusiohs large scale.

Whether or not these and other characterizations are entirely fair in their particulars is an open question. Read the full article here: 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?


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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Nov 09, Cassie Bennett rated it it was amazing. In general, if one is politically conservative or to the Right, he develops a confirmation bias against the alarmist prognosis of climate change and the position that renewable energy solutions are a gree.

Mention that you are my guest illusions receive a complimentary ticket at the box office or call Typically, alternative energy sources can be split into two main groups: The beginning of the book 7 illusilns is about how alternative sources of energy won’t produce much energy and how all sources of energy create pollution of one kind or another.

This is a book both devastatingly honest and realistic about the challenges we face, but also full of reasons to be hopeful.

Green Illusions Summary | Ozzie Zehner | 6-Minute Summary

Does IoT come with that burger? California is mulling four giant lithium-ion storage facilities of MW each, starting by How can environmentalism work without taking things away from people? The other issue which often crops up is battery storage technology. As I said, Green Illusions is a must read for all students, educators and policy makers concerned with the growing energy crisis Still, it would be a shame if that stratagem ultimately prevents more people from dispassionately exploring the book’s broader arguments, which are important and relevant — even for those who might disagree with the particulars.


Very informative, should have been a 4 but it took me 2 months to finish it!!!!

The imminent dangers of climate change is one. Of course, navigating such politically and culturally charged territory as population management is no simple matter, Zehner concedes, but the larger point is zehne to dismiss.

They rely on an economy whose growth is driven by fossil fuels. More than readable, however, is that this book is capital-i-Important.

Mar 25, Rohan Ramakrishna rated it really liked it Shelves: Another obvious downside is that burning coal pollutes the ggreen and exposes people to health risks. He does not question the arguments on climate change or its consequences. Accidents can happen due to operating errors, like in Chernobyl, or natural disasters, like the tsunami that caused the Fukushima catastrophe.

You need concurrent fossil fuel plants running alongside solar cells and wind turbines at all times. 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.

Green Illusions – Wikipedia

The Power Of Purpose: Can these technologies be renewed without fossil fuels? Let us look at some of them. Does this mean that Zehner thinks wind power is pure folly?