Thursday 22 January 2015

Review: Green Illusions (Ozzie Zehner)

Tom Zeller Jr reviews Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism by Ozzie Zehner which convincingly argues that there is no such thing as "clean" energy, all alternatives are dependent on fossil fuels, and that tech-fixes can't address the real issues of overconsumption and growth as an end in itself:

"'Alternative energy is not a free ride, just a different ride and there's no reason to believe it will offset fossil fuel use in a society that has high levels of consumption and is growing exponentially.' 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. At the moment, we're really paying attention to the technology end of things, Zehner argues, and without a holistic approach, these innovations get us nowhere."

> Huffington Post: Ozzie Zehner's 'Green Illusions' Ruffles Feathers
Goodreads: Green Illusions (Ozzie Zehner)
> Green Illusions website

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