Green Illusions

Green Illusions

The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780803237759
0803237758
Characteristics: xx, 437 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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mamabadger56
Nov 14, 2016

An important, informative book - although discouraging to those of us who would like to believe there are easy solutions to the environmental crisis. Zehner takes the subject with the seriousness and thoughtfulness it deserves.

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pm221
Nov 11, 2016

The pessimists guide to energy production of all types, followed by a plea for sociological change to minimise energy consumption. All very valid if discouraging.

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Lon11
Jan 14, 2015

It could be considered two books in one really. If you approach the book in that manner it is a very satisfying read.

brendancarlson Apr 24, 2014

I'm in agreement with the commenter below, the first half of this book is a fairly good read, the second half...not so much.

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binational
Aug 02, 2012

This book is easily over a hundred pages longer than it needs to be, and that taxes the reader's patience. Still, it debunks a lot of "politically correct" myths about solar panels, wind turbines, electric cars, LEED ratings, and other supposedly "sustainable" technologies that turn out to be far less "green" than the greenwashing marketing hype would have you believe. The real answer, Zehner argues, is in less glitzy options - the new urbanist building codes, heat and electricity cogeneration, weatherizing existing homes, bicycling, etc.

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Mar 20, 2013

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