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Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worseby David Owen
Synopses & Reviews
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.
The Conundrum is a mind-changing manifesto about the environment, efficiency, and the real path to sustainability.
About the Author
David Owen has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1991. Before joining the New Yorker, he was a contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly. Owen has also been a regular contributor to numerous other magazines, including Harper's and Esquire, and he is a contributing editor at Golf Digest. He is the author of a dozen books, including The Man Who Invented Saturday Morning: And Other Adventures in American Enterprise and Sheetrock and Shellac: A Thinking Person's Guide to the Art and Science of Home Improvement. He lives in northwest Connecticut with his wife, writer Ann Hodgman, and their two children. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, Patrick Lawlor is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. His recent audio includes the New York Times bestseller The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell (Tantor). "Lawlor is masterful." —The Philadelphia Inquirer
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