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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:   eBook : Document : 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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Zehner, Ozzie.
Green illusions.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011042685
(OCoLC)759915567
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ozzie Zehner
ISBN: 9780803243361 0803243367 9781280687594 1280687592
OCLC Number: 792944066
Awards: Commended for Independent Publisher Book Awards (Current Events 2) 2013
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 437 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 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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We don't have an energy crisis. We have a consumption crisis.  Read more...

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