“Causing Shockwaves…Not anti-green but simply asking questions.”
The Sunday Times
GREEN ILLUSIONS | The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism — By Ozzie Zehner
SOLAR CELLS AND OTHER FAIRY TALES | Discover the 5 unseen harms of solar cells and witness a simple sticker that could produce a greater energy impact than all of the nation’s photovoltaics combined.
WIND POWER’S FLURRY OF LIMITATIONS | See why engineers can’t solve wind power’s biggest obstacle and what they’ll really need.
BIOFUELS AND THE POLITICS OF BIG CORN | Learn why corporations turned food into fuel and how they’ll try again.
THE NUCLEAR-MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL RISK COMPLEX | Get a rare glimpse inside tank SY-101 and learn why nuclear power may not close a single coal-fired power plant in the U.S.
THE HYDROGEN ZOMBIE | Read this behind-the-scenes exposé on the life, death and afterlife of the hydrogen dream.
CONJURING CLEAN COAL | The most intriguing question isn’t about whether or not clean coal exists. Rather, why do so many Americans even believe clean coal could exist?
HYDROPOWER, HYBRIDS, AND OTHER HYDRAS | Discover why future environmentalists will resist electric cars and hybrids as well as a host of other technologies.
THE ALTERNATIVE-ENERGY FETISH | Witness what clean energy and pornography have in common.
THE FIRST STEP | Catch a glimpse of a hidden “boomerang effect” that is undermining green energy investments.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS | Find out why contraception alone won’t solve concerns about overpopulation (and what actually could).
IMPROVING CONSUMPTION | Examine the problems with thinking of consumption in terms of “Sustainable,” “Green,” or “Organic” (and uncover secret paths forward).
THE ARCHITECTURE OF COMMUNITY | See why future environmentalists will reject LEED buildings and straw-bale homes in favor of more durable options.
EFFICIENCY CULTURE | Discover why carbon taxes won’t solve our energy challenges (and learn about one tax that could).
ASKING QUESTIONS | Learn what environmentalists of the future are studying in college today.
This deep green book presents more than just a critique of solar cells, wind turbines, biofuels, and electric cars. It delivers three dozen first steps around the themes of environmental justice, overpopulation, rebound effects, energy economics, degrowth, taxes, bicycling, livable neighborhoods, and energy conservation.
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Nautilus Book Award Winner
Best Earth Day Books – Chr. Science Monitor
IPPY Award Winner
Goodreads Top Nonfiction Books
Readers Choice Award Semifinalist
N. California Book Award Nominee
1 | SOLAR CELLS AND OTHER FAIRY TALES
2 | WIND POWER’S FLURRY OF LIMITATIONS
3 | BIOFUELS AND THE POLITICS OF BIG CORN
4 | THE NUCLEAR-MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL RISK COMPLEX
5 | THE HYDROGEN ZOMBIE
6 | CONJURING CLEAN COAL
7 | HYDROPOWER, HYBRIDS, AND OTHER HYDRAS
8 | THE ALTERNATIVE-ENERGY FETISH
9 | THE FIRST STEP
10 | WOMEN’S RIGHTS
11 | IMPROVING CONSUMPTION
12 | THE ARCHITECTURE OF COMMUNITY
13 | EFFICIENCY CULTURE
14 | ASKING QUESTIONS
Green Illusions delivers a backstage tour of solar, wind, hydrogen, biofuels, clean coal, and electric cars. It asks: is clean tech part of the solution to growth and productivism, or part of the problem? Learn about the unseen harms of solar cells. Uncover why future environmentalists will resist electric cars and hybrids. Explore the under-appreciated link between human rights and environmentalism. And, learn what future environmentalists are studying in college today.
“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
“At once prophetic and pragmatic — must be read by anyone concerned about our collective future.”
—Joel Bakan, Filmmaker and author of The Corporation
“Zehner is a delightful apostate in the church of green energy.”
“This book takes a look at the dark underbelly of ‘green energy’ and attempts to shift the U.S. dialogue to a more pressing problem: consumption.” —Christian Science Monitor
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