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Green Illusions by Ozzie Zehner

Published June 1st by University of Nebraska Press. Green Illusions kllusions turn your Alternative Energy thinking on it’s head. Furthermore, cheaper energy and more energy always result in Other suggestions include moving away from living in the suburbs to cities, which can make communities more walkable and friendly to public transit and allow use of more bicycles and so on. It’s a book that greeb very provocative. The Power Of Purpose: Overall i think it is a worthy read.

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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 illlusions on defeating Big Oil and other mega-corporations that will literally kill before giving up their profit margins.

Otherwise, besides some ill-advised pretentions toward lyricism and metaphors, the book was highly readable.

Yet, eventually, after a rather odd section on how a lack of women’s rights is a big reason why we use so much energy, only some of which relates to what I, at least, think of as women’s rights issues, the author goes into a series of chapters on using less energy and why it would work well, especially since it works elsewhere in the world iklusions well. I should have stopped reading there because I would have given it a strong 5 star rating.

I was surprised by how much I liked this. View all 4 comments.

Green Illusions

Just scanning some reviews I was 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.


Preview — Green Illusions by Ozzie Zehner. No doubt, gasoline- and diesel-fueled cars are expensive and dirty.

It sheds light on hippies and hypocrites and it also discusses what the real bad apple is – overpopulation and corporate greed. Still, it would be a shame if that stratagem ultimately prevents more people from dispassionately exploring the book’s broader breen, which are important and relevant — even grfen those who might disagree with the particulars. I don’t see who shouldn’t read this.

But please RSVP here. Zehner, albeit with a confronting voice, attacks pillars of the “Green Revolution” bringing needed scrutiny to a movement that has been politicized and undeveloped in the minds of the general public for some time.

But even if Zehner’s citations are dated — and I’m not arguing here that they necessarily are — his larger point may well still pertain: Their rebuttal includes data on conflict of interest. Read the full article here: Sep 13, Raghu rated it it was amazing. Stories such as these are all too familiar to Deb Hubsmith, director of the Safe Routes to School SRTS National Partnershipwhich institutes programs across the country to make walking and biking to school safer and more practical for students and educators.

You burn it for heat and more trees grow to replace the one you chopped down.

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Hybrid cars are a red herring and a PR gimmick by the oil and car industries. 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.

This practical, environmentally informed, and lucid book persuasively argues for a change of perspective. As I said, Green Illusions is a must r This is an amazing book that everyone interested in alternative energies should read. He cites extensively from government and industry sources to make a rigorous case that is still fair and nuanced enough to be mindful of the benefits and drawbacks to each sector. Typically, alternative energy sources can be split into two main groups: Citing a lifecycle analysis from the National Academy of Sciencesfor example, Zehner concludes that the aggregate environmental damage from an electric car — that is, accounting for all the costs associated with its manufacture, use and ultimate disposal — is greater than that of a gasoline car, even if the gasoline comes from the highly polluting and greenhouse gas-intensive oil sands of Canada.


Jul 07, Amber rated it liked it Shelves: Anyone lacking an interest in the aforementioned topics should quickly read up on climate change and environmental degradation. The average eco-friendly citizen would probably not suspect that the plight of women or child advertisement have anything to do with carbon emissions.

Ozzie exposes the scam behind LEED certification and smartly posits that our energy crisis is cultural rather than technological. Just really focus on the main points: But, recent reports in this decade have concluded that Spain, Germany, UK and France are rolling back subsidies for clean energy because they are unaffordable and unsustainable.

And, if they work as advertised, these energy technologies will spur the kind of growth that will increase pressure to extract and burn fossil fuels well into the future. The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism ,” takes on what Zehner considers the sacred cows of the green movement: At this point, the book shifts gears.

Notify me of follow-up comments by email. On the other hand, if one is on the Left or a liberal, then that person develops a confirmation bias towards the dire consequences of Global warming and opts totally for renewable energy solutions.

Book goes beyond normal green thinking philosophies as it talks about women’s rights, population growth, cutting consumption and lot more.