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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism ,” takes on what Zehner considers the sacred cows of the green movement: As I said, Green Illusions is a must r This is an amazing book that everyone interested in alternative energies should read. The first half was excellent factually describing the shortfalls of existing energy sources.

Published June 1st by University of Nebraska Press. This is a great lens to look at if you’re in the Sustainability or Conservation fields. This page was last edited on 11 Aprilat 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?

Feb 11, Larry rated it really liked it. I wouldn’t advise getting too caught up with the figures in the early chapters though, the point is alternative energy sources cannot sustain our level of consumption. 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.

Ozzie Zehner’s ‘Green Illusions’ Ruffles Feathers

Nov 09, Patrick Johnson rated it it was amazing. Indeed, his core objection appears to be with technology fixes in general, or the conviction that any bit of technological derring-do — be it zehned high-efficiency photovoltaic cell or a low-emissions vehicle — will be sufficient to nudge the planet from unpleasant illusions like global warming. 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 so well.


The author also informs the reader about the environmental downsides to solar, wind, and other alternative technologies. In successive chapters, it discusses solar cellswind powerbiofuelsnuclear powerhydrogen powercoal powerhydropoweralternative energygreen investmentpopulation controlconsumptionarchitecturecarbon taxesenvironmental education.

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.

Sep 10, Annea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Given the clear and far-ranging benefits of walking and biking to school, the fact that communities hold bake sales to finance bike racks and safe thruways for students while the fetishized solar-cell industry bathes itself in billions of public funds is an inglorious national embarrassment. I’m not sure if it’s confirmation bias, but this book echoes many of the concerns I have with going green.

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

Green Illusions

May 05, Andrew rated geren it was amazing. A lifecycle comparison zehher the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, for example, concluded that the overall impacts of gas-powered and battery-powered vehicles reach parity only when gas-fueled cars achieve an efficiency of 70 miles per gallon.

We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. I had never thought of environmentalism as inextricably illusios to all of these other issues and I appreciate the new perspective.

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. At first, it seems to have been written by some oil company, as it points out the shortcomings of green alternative sources of energy.

This one is not quite as pressing for me because it doesn’t directly deal with issues of justice and civil rights, but it’s a necessary read nonetheless. Conventional energy sources, like zenher fuels and nuclear power, are dangerous and environmentally damaging. I want to divide this book into two sections – the first section is awesome. This is an important factor indeed.

The best example of what deregulation in practice looks like is the Niger Delta today. Although, the other four authors are perhaps insurmountable competition.

These projections are deemed eyebrow-raising and in an illueions of political gridlock and bitter arguments over climate change, the political barriers also need to be considered as formidable. He does offer clear specific and ethical examples of how to do these things.


Highly recommend for other environmentally-minded people. I wish her family and colleagues the best during this time. It just was sehner much “eloquence” and not enough rationale. Debate over ERP systems in the cloud plays out on top 10 list.

No diehard Republican would be caught dead reading this book. In short, the gredn quite effectively tears down all the popular “green” solutions, for a variety of reasons: My article considers how electric cars merely shift negative impacts from one place to another. It is bit too much looking the world zwhner American perspective, but that is understandable from the writers background and also because US is big part of the problem and the solution.

If his goal was to capture attention by tweaking the nose of clean-energy enthusiasts everywhere, Ozzie Zehner might well have succeeded.

Solar power is inefficient. I picked this book up at the library zehber it would provide an accurate critique of green technologies and was sorely disappointed.

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To do this, Zehner says it is important that taxation in society must shift focus away from income to consumption. For once it was a book I have no preconceptions and I didn’t really have a clue what was coming. Almost every electric vehicle study compares electric vehicles to gas-powered ones. In the US we built our towns and cities on the best soil located near waterways which is now trapped thoughtlessly under asphalt.

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Green Illusions by Ozzie Zehner

Going green has become a religion – a notion I have considered but never followed through with research. A detailed article in a reputed MIT journal by James Temple analyses these issues and says that batteries as backup is likely an unaffordable solution.

The pricing of goods and services must be recalibrated to reflect their negative effects on the environment in their production. However, Ozzie does provide a solution – one that requires an overhauling of human mentalities and tendencies read – almost impossible todaybut it’s a start that is being seen in many small pockets of the world today.

Nevertheless, Ozzie manages to clear a lot of myths around and greeen the misconceptions regarding alternative energy.