The Conundrum - How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse-logo

The Conundrum - How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse

David Owen

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patrick Lawlor

Length:

5h 42m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:36


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

11:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:37


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

14:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

32:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:26