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“At once prophetic and pragmatic – must be read by anyone concerned about our collective future.” – Joel Bakan, Filmmaker and author of The Corporation and Childhood Under Siege
“An extremely important message for a society whose best-intentioned members have lost themselves in a wilderness of wishful thinking.” – James Howard Kunstler, Author of The Long Emergency and other books
“Terrific book…Zehner is especially good at untangling sloppy thinking.” – David Owen, The New Yorker and author of Green Metropolis
Green Illusions pioneers a critique of alternative energy from an environmental perspective, arguing concerned citizens should drop solar, wind, biofuels, hydrogen and hybrids to instead focus on walkable communities, improved consumption, governance, and most notably, women’s rights.
Blending investigative journalism with scholarly analysis, Green Illusions astutely challenges the assumption that America can solve its energy problems by creating more energy – more solar cells, more wind turbines, and more biofuels. These technologies suffer serious side effects and limitations – not least of which, they perpetuate energy intensive lifestyles that in turn jeopardize short- and long-term wellbeing.
It’s not a question of whether American society can construct an alternative energy nation. The real question is the reverse. Do we have a society capable of being powered by alternative energy? The answer today is clearly, no. But we can change that.
- Reveals the five unseen harms of solar cells
- Exposes what clean energy and pornography have in common
- Describes a hidden “boomerang effect” that is undermining green energy investments
- Shows why contraception won’t solve overpopulation (and what actually will)
- Explains why engineers can’t solve wind power’s biggest obstacle and what they’ll really need
- Introduces a simple sticker that will produce a greater impact than all of the nation’s solar cells
- Shows why carbon taxes won’t solve our energy challenges (and presents two taxes that could)
- Details how corporations turned food into fuel and why they’ll try again
- Shows why future environmentalists will resist hybrid and electric cars
- Identifies what future environmentalists are studying in college today
Ultimately, readers will see we don’t have an energy crisis; we have a consumption crisis, and they’ll encounter potent solutions that are affordable, enjoyable, and refreshingly realistic.
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