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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But Zehner is also clearly playing the provocateur here, and it appears to have been a wise gambit, given the sonorous harrumphing the book has generated in green circles.

Societies need huge doses of social justice, regulation, and conservation before alternative energy should logically be embraced.

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Though nuclear energy accidents are less likely to occur than, say, oil spills, their damage potential is exponentially greater. Hybrid cars are a red herring and a PR gimmick by the oil and car industries.

This book shattered the “alternative energy” dream that most environmentalists are clinging to for the much less sexy strategy of conservation. As for hydrogen fuel cells, the production of hydrogen requires more energy than the cell eventually provides.

Ozzie exposes the scam behind LEED certification and smartly posits that zehnwr energy crisis is cultural rather than technological. But even if the researchers are greem, there is a more fundamental illusion at work on the electric-car stage.

One classic example is good, old firewood.

European Experts Release Draft Guidelines. 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. More than readable, however, is that this book is capital-i-Important.


Practically speaking, that would give a clear edge to electric cars — for now. Another prominent conventional energy source is uranium, which is used to generate nuclear energy. Typically, alternative energy sources can be split into two main groups: President Obama once dared to envision a million zenher cars in the U. To start with, the book argues that none of the above-mentioned alternative energy sources are as environmentally beneficial or carbon-negative or even carbon-neutral.

The subsidies seem to have been too good to last long and make renewable energy viable on this model. Indeed, the study found that zehnwr electric car is likely worse than a car fueled exclusively by gasoline derived from Canadian tar-sands!

Aside from the physical lifespan, they also rely on fossil fuels for their financing.

Ozzie Zehner’s ‘Green Illusions’ Ruffles Feathers

But please RSVP here. There are lots of research studies saying we have enough wind energy to supply x our needs or we have enough solar in the Mojave Treen to do this and that. We return to where we started — with high demand and so-called insufficient supply.

Practical and clear eyed. Best book reading app farazJanuary 2, This book is the proverbial other-side-of-the-coin. As I said, Green Illusions is a must read for all students, educators and policy makers concerned with the growing energy crisis Again he says no.

Put another way, renewable energy only makes sense if undertaken in concert with other, more fundamental changes in the way we deploy and make use of energy in our everyday lives.

This zeyner uses cookies. Watch a book trailer. Instead this book demonstrates how we fail to see the amount of production and consumption of energy as the zehnwr and we instead fantasize about a future with all the energy we need powered by wind turbines, solar panels, and hydrogen fuel cells.

So if you want the details, get this book right away it offers a lot of details. It goes through in very detail solar power, wind power and all other electricity based green thinking ventures. California is mulling four giant lithium-ion storage facilities of MW each, starting by Bieber joins a growing list of eco-celebrities who are leveraging their electric cars into green credentials.


In general, if one is politically conservative or to the Right, he develops a confirmation bias against the grreen prognosis of climate change and the position that renewable energy solutions are a panacea.

However, Zeller writes that Zehner cites a ” lifecycle analysis” by the National Academy of Sciences as a basis for evaluating the “aggregate environmental damage” from an electric car. So where do we go from here? We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. The first half was excellent factually describing the shortfalls of existing energy sources. But the reason that I wrote the book was to draw out why that choice that we seem to have between the two is an illusion.

All experts therefore agree that we need alternative solutions. Jan 11, Mac Gray rated it really liked it. Trivia About Green Illusions. I like that the varying sides of arguments for or against a type of energy weren’t the same ones that we’re beaten over the head with.

By continuing to use zehned website, you agree to their use. He explains the reality of alternative energies extremely well. I don’t believe all the things are so black and white as proposed in the book, but I do undersign most of the thoughts from the book.

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