“Solar Cells and Other Fairy Tales: Symbols and Expectations for a Clean Energy Future”

This is a great presentation that illuminates the facade of ‘green energy’ and stresses our need to REDUCE our energy consumption. I challenge you all to firstly acknowledge and understand how much energy you consume in a year and where is that energy coming from? Then take action to reduce your consumption.

Ozzie Zehner
STSC Visiting Scholar

The seductive tales of wind turbines, solar cells, and biofuels foster the impression that with a few technical upgrades, we might just sustain our current energy trajectories without consequence. Media and political coverage lull us into dreams of a clean energy future juxtaposed against a tumultuous past characterized by evil oil companies and the associated energy woes they propagated. Like most fairy tales, this productivist parable contains a tiny bit of truth. And a whole lot of fantasy.

This talk does not expose a scandal or cover-up in the traditional sense, but rather explores a particular alignment of interests and priorities that presents equally provocative questions to the environmental community. Solar cells shine brightly within the idealism of textbooks and the glossy pages of environmental magazines, but real-world experiences reveal a scattered collection of side effects and limitations that rarely mature into attractive realities.

This talk is based on Ozzie’s forthcoming book, Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism (University of Nebraska Press, June 2012).  SOURCE YOUTUBE

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