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The Conundrum: how scientific innovation, increased efficiency, and good intentions can make our energy and climate problems worse Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0074CYZ26
- Publisher : Scribe (22 February 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 553 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
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The Efficiency Green Book talks about how to do more with less, but can we talk about how to do more with more.
Interesante punto de vista acerca de la mejora de la eficiencia energética, con un desarrollo de la famosa paradoja de Jevons. El libro verde de la eficiencia habla de cómo hacer más con menos, pero puede ser que hablemos de cómo hacer más con más. Recomiendo su lectura.
This book is tremendously important because it makes you THINK before just saying yes, and emphasizes the importance of REDUCING.
The subtitle of Mr. Owen's book is a fair synopsis of the book. There is little in the way of proposed solutions to the author's perception of our environmental problems. There's no shortage of description of how bad we are at just about everything we do under the guise of "greening" our approach to energy harvesting and use. I had to fight to finish the book because of the author's whining narrative!
I take no issue with much of Mr Owen's research -- there are no blaring errors in fact. However, I do take issue with the author's casual dismissal of quoted expert opinions and his leaning towards the negative implications of everything we've done and will likely do to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and our extravagant lifestyle (in so far as energy use goes).
I specifically take issue with Mr. Owen's insistance that we stop trying to improve the efficiency of our energy-using systems because it leads to higher energy use. The phenomenon is real enough but it's prevalence, importance and order-of-magnitude is overstated. The quest for "efficiencies" in our social, economic and technological (western) world is too ingrained to dislodge by any amount of wordsmithing and guilt casting.
I am a strong believer in our ability to adapt and survive (and perhaps even prosper in some parts of the world). Things (i.e, environment, energy situation, etc.) will, no doubt, get much worse before "real" action is taken and, in some cases, we'll be too late but I do believe that we can and will make things better.