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It is not easily possible for the average person to conclusively determine as to which side is telling the truth.

The errors begin no later than page 7 I picked this book up at the library hoping it would provide an accurate critique of green technologies and was sorely disappointed. A lifecycle comparison from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, for example, concluded that the overall impacts of gas-powered and battery-powered vehicles reach parity only when gas-fueled cars achieve an efficiency of 70 miles per gallon. Overall i think it is a worthy read.

Refresh and try again. Five big data trends forecasted for ErpinnewsDecember 17, Watch a book trailer. Jan 27, Frank Berg rated it it was amazing. Green Illusions will turn your Alternative Energy thinking on it’s head.

Nov 09, Patrick Johnson rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Zehner offers so many practical solutions to our growing energy crisis.

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While burning biochar, a rebranded term for charcoal, is less harmful than burning firewood, the fuel source would have a negative impact zehnet produced on a large scale. It has political support from people like Bernie Sanders.


If this were just some conservative oil loving blowhard’s diatribe about how alternative energy sucks I would have never bothered picking up the book. Unfortunately that’s an idea which has recently wormed its way into politics, especially since the Paris Climate Change Conference this year. It just was too much “eloquence” and not enough rationale.

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He points out that more and more energy availability will only lower costs of energy, thereby generating even more demand for zehnrr. Their rebuttal includes data on conflict of interest. I definitely thought solar energy iillusions photovoltaic cells was great for the environment. Such options might include better urban and neighborhood planning to improve traffic flow, and to encourage walking and bicycling, Zehner said, or carefully targeted improvements to the existing car fleet.

For once it was a book I have no preconceptions and I didn’t really have a clue what was coming.

Nov 09, Cassie Bennett rated it it was amazing. In California, for every dollar spent on safe routes, well over ten dollars has flowed to solar cells during every budget year from thru today.

Greem rebuttal researchers are affiliated with prominent institutions like Carnegie Mellon, the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Brookings Institution, and Stanford University. This is an important factor indeed.

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It doesn’t mean we don’t give a damn, but most over here in Nova Scotia are relying on coal and shipbuilding, and out west it’s oil. In the US we built our towns and cities on the best soil located near waterways which is now trapped thoughtlessly under asphalt.

He states it many times: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction June 30, Tesla, Leaf: This is a book both devastatingly honest and realistic about the challenges we face, but also full of reasons to be hopeful. California is mulling four giant lithium-ion storage facilities of MW each, starting by At first glance, regrowables look like a great replacement for our dwindling conventional energy sources.


At least now, I can consider myself to be “informed” grfen what grren and the world’s possible options are. The hype surrounding these alternative energy sources is overrated, as each of them has serious drawbacks.

In doing so, their findings draw attention away from the broad array of transportation options available—including living walking, bicycling, and using mass transit. Oct 01, Mike rated it did not like it Shelves: If consumption is the problem, as Ozzie Zehner suggests, then we need to shift our focus from suspect alternative energies to improving social and political fundamentals: This website uses cookies to improve your experience. The first half was excellent factually describing the shortfalls of existing energy sources.

But even if the researchers are wrong, there is a more fundamental illusion at work on the electric-car stage. I wish her family and colleagues the best during this time. Indeed, the study found that an electric car is likely worse than a car fueled exclusively by gasoline derived from Canadian tar-sands!

The sludge output of the average American yields enough power to light a standard compact florescent light bulb without end. However, Zeller writes that Zehner cites a ” lifecycle analysis” by the National Academy of Sciences as a basis for evaluating the “aggregate environmental damage” from an electric car. It can easily be argued that activists in the environmental movement are already focused on many of these issues. Quotes from Green Illusions.