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Green illusions : the dirty secrets of clean energy and the future of environmentalism

Author: Ozzie Zehner
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2012.
Series: Our sustainable future.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ozzie Zehner
ISBN: 9780803237759 0803237758
OCLC Number: 759915567
Description: xx, 437 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Unraveling the spectacle --
I: Seductive futures : Solar cells and other fairy tales ; Wind power's flurry of limitations ; Biofuels and the politics of big corn ; The nuclear-military-industrial risk complex ; The hydrogen zombie ; Conjuring clean coal ; Hydropower, hybrids, and other hydras --
II: From here to there : The alternative-energy fetish ; The first step --
III: The future of environmentalism : Women's rights ; Improving consumption ; The architecture of community ; Efficiency culture ; Asking questions --
Epilogue: A grander narrative?
Series Title: Our sustainable future.
Responsibility: Ozzie Zehner.

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"Ozzie Zehner's 'Green Illusions' Ruffles Feathers... If his goal was to capture attention by tweaking the nose of clean-energy enthusiasts everywhere, Ozzie Zehner might well have succeeded. His new Read more...

 
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Keen and Important Reading You Won't Find Elsewhere

by EnergyGeek (WorldCat user published 2012-05-31) Excellent Permalink

This book had a profound impact on my thinking about environmental issues facing us. I read a lot of books on energy, environment, climate change, etc and Green Illusions stands out because it has all new material. This isn't the same stuff you've read 1000 times in other environmental books.

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