Hybrid cars, fast trains, compact florescent lightbulbs, solar panels, carbon offsets: everything you've been told about being green is wrong. The quest for a breakthrough battery or a 100 mpg car is a dangerous fantasy. We are consumers, and we like to consume greenly and efficiently. But David Owen argues that our best intentions are still at cross-purposes to our true goal: living sustainably while caring for our environment and the future of the planet. Efficiency, once considered the holy grail of our environmental problems, turns out to be part of the problem-we have little trouble turning increases in efficiency into increases in consumption.
David Owen's elegant narrative, filled with fascinating information and anecdotes, takes you through the history of energy and the quest for efficiency. Owen introduces the listener to some of the smartest people working on solving our energy problems. He details the arguments of efficiency's proponents and its antagonists-and in the process overturns most traditional wisdom about being green.
This is a book that will change how you look at the world. Scientific geniuses will not invent our way out of the energy and economic crisis we're in. We already have the technology and knowledge we need to live sustainably. But will we do it? That is the conundrum.
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I'm sitting here in stunned, horrified silence.
Don't go out? Don't go to museums or plays, unless you can walk there? Don't travel? Oh the author can. He can fly around the world to give talks that would work just as well over Skype, but you can't even use solar LED lights (actually, if you read on, you can't use Skype either)? Wow. i have a four cylinder car, LED bulbs in all my sockets, I don't use AC or my heater; and still this guy would berate me. All borderline liberals, please read this and learn how crazy your leaders are. Why is "Progress" so repugnant to so-called "Progressives." All progress is bad to this guy, including anything that uses energy or saves energy. In fact, he doesn't want to get rid of energy use, he wants to get rid of energy users. If you have ever read Michael Crichton's "State of Fear" and thought it was a little too extreme and a little too paranoid, read this book and you'll see how lucent and prescient it was. And, OMG!, Crichton's title was shockingly perfect. Why not zero stars? I like the potential of the wind turbine gliders.