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Green illusions : the dirty secrets of clean energy and the future of environmentalism / Ozzie Zehner.

By: Zehner, Ozzie.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Our sustainable future: Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2012Description: 1 online resource (xx, 437 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780803243361; 0803243367.Subject(s): Renewable energy sources -- United States | Environmentalism -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Green illusions.DDC classification: 333.79/40973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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?
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-414) and index.

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?

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All Americans should read this book. According to Zehner (visiting scholar, Univ. of California, Berkeley), the country has a consumption problem underlying its suboptimal social conditions and reckless growth economy mentality. People cannot expect technology to solve energy and pollution problems. First, the author explains why solar cells and ethanol and battery-powered vehicles are ecological disaster machines, and why alternative energy technologies do not clean the air and water, protect wildlife, lower atmospheric carbon dioxide, or replace older power plants. He discusses why real progress toward a happier lifestyle comes with less consumption and a focus on various issues, including women's rights, walkable neighborhoods, smarter building codes, preventive health care, economic reform, and a wiser consumer culture. Because buildings, not vehicles, contribute up to 80 percent of unwanted emissions in urban areas, change is needed. Perhaps the US should copy changes made by the Dutch, who enjoy longer life-spans, less poverty, less air pollution, cleaner drinking water, and a higher standard of living, all with a fraction of the energy per capita that Americans require. Americans have plenty of energy, but most is wasted. Numerous notes, references, and revealing charts support the arguments. Complete index. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. F. Potter formerly, University of California, Irvine

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