Green IS the old Black

While urbs such as SSM and Windsor are still competing to wear the outmoded mantle of “green”, the more style and science conscious are realizing that alternative energy is just fossil fuels rebranded.

The book “Green Illusions” was written by Ozzie Zehner, a visiting scholar at the university of California, Berkeley. His recent publications include science pieces in Christian Science Monitor, The American Scholar, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Humanist, The Futurist, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. He has appeared on PBS, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and regularly guest lectures at universities.

Zehner’s research and projects have been covered by The Sunday Times, USA Today, WIRED, The Washington Post, Business Week and numerous other media outlets. He also serves on the editorial board of Critical Environmentalism.

Zehner primarily researches the social, political and economic conditions influencing energy policy priorities and project outcomes. His work also incorporates symbolic roles that energy technologies play within political and environmental movements. His other research interests include consumerism, urban policy, environmental governance, international human rights, and forgeries.

Zehner attended Kettering University (BSc -Engineering) and The University of Amsterdam (MSc/PhD – Science and Technology Studies). His research was awarded with Honors at both institutions. He lives in San Francisco.

Ozzie Zehner, exposes solar as yesterday’s cute mutt in this Authors@Google lecture.

“Ten years from now, will we think of renewable energy as clean and green? Emerging research on the side effects and limitations of solar cells, wind turbines, biofuels, electric cars and other alternative energy strategies will likely transform conventional wisdom about what’s green, and what’s not. Which players will be left in the dust? Who will innovate the next green revolution? “

Here is a great video of a physicists version of why these unreliable, intermittent and costly energy adjuncts masquerading as “alternatives” can never be one.

Green really IS the old Black.

Update 1 Oct. 14, 2012: Ozzie Zehner, November 6, 2012 | Ramsay Lecture | Toronto | lunch

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1 Response to Green IS the old Black

  1. Catherine Bayne says:

    Handy links, put them to good use in the Wind Wars on Ontario Nature!

    Catherine Bayne on Your comment is awaiting moderation. Fri, 12th Oct 2012 7:48 pm
    Ms Bell’s statement that “Our organization strongly supports the production of energy from clean, renewable sources such as wind. But the location of wind turbines is a key concern for us.”, is not even “seemingly” reasonable unless it is based on actual scientific proof of the validity of claims made for the allegedly clean energy. At present Ontario Nature (ON) is in the undignified position of “third party intervenor” for greed energy.
    Your allies prioritize this way…”developers should site wind facilities in areas where there is strong community acceptance. Areas home to cottages and hobby farms should be avoided, as these part-time residents usually have the means to fund challenges, and in fragile political times – or even in the best of times no politician wants to support a controversial project” ( )
    Your opposition, like Physicist John Droz, have pointed out there is NO scientific validity in the claims made for unreliable, non-dispatchable renewables such as wind and solar. So the reasonable course of action is to halt the scam and remedy the shameful lack of proper due diligence the Auditor General revealed in his 2011 Report. ( )
    Green illusions are dispelled by scientific scrutiny, all that is required is an unfiltered assessment of fact to see that supposed “alternative” energy is merely an expensive and destructive adjunct. In his book “Green Illusions” ( ) Ozzie Zehner, reveals that green IS the old black and in his Authors@GOOGLE lecture exposes solar as yesterday’s cute accessory mutt. ( )
    Zehner attended Kettering University (BS -Engineering) and The University of Amsterdam (MS/Drs – Science and Technology Studies). His research was awarded with honours at both institutions. Despite his obvious predilection for the mythical creatures of environmentalism the author was true to Science.
    The sacrifice of Science to an Ideology has shifted the arena of debate into the realm of beliefs so it is very true that, “unless we’re willing to examine the facts from different angles” ON will persist in supporting the rape of our unspoiled wilderness and wetlands in Northern Ontario, the torture of people in their homes in Southern Ontario, and the merciless colonization and corruption of traditional First Nations’ culture.
    That ON entertains the comparison of a non-dispatchable, intermittent generator with those which can stand alone, or the idea that two wrongs make a right and transmission lines dedicated to renewables are not as deadly to wildlife as those serving conventional power, or that lack of evidence is proof of anything, strongly suggests logical reasoning will be a challenge which we can only hope is met sooner rather than later.
    Before it is too late to prevent the industrialization of the minimally impacted Lake Superior watershed and lakebed to accommodate some of the “935 MW of larger wind facilities that are scheduled to come online between this year and 2014 are not included in the OPA’s summary of FIT 1.0 contracts under development”, ( ) it is devoutly to be wished that the common ground of solid Science be found to save us from the muck of Green.

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