The Conundrum

The Conundrum

by David Owen

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Look out for David Owen's next book, Where the Water Goes.

The Conundrum
is a mind-changing manifesto about the environment, efficiency and the real path to sustainability.

Hybrid cars, fast trains, compact florescent light bulbs, solar panels, carbon offsets: Everything you've been told about living green is wrong. The quest for a breakthrough battery or a 100 mpg car are dangerous fantasies. We are consumers, and we like to consume green and efficiently. But David Owen argues that our best intentions are still at cross purposes to our true goal - living sustainably and 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. Efforts to improve efficiency and increase sustainable development only exacerbate the problems they are meant to solve, more than negating the environmental gains. We have little trouble turning increases in efficiency into increases in consumption.

David Owen's The Conundrum is an elegant nonfiction narrative filled with fascinating information and anecdotes takes you through the history of energy and the quest for efficiency. This is a book about the environment that will change how you look at the world. We should not be waiting for some geniuses to 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101560136
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 991,477
File size: 562 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Owen is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author more than a dozen books. He lives in northwest Connecticut with his wife, the writer Ann Hodgman.

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The Conundrum 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
St.CroixSue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A concise narrative on the environment and why many of our " going green" practices are misguided. A history of our dependence on fossil fuels and what has to happen for real and actual sustainability based on global economic realities. There is a wonderful chapter on several innovative technologies being worked on by some of the smartest people, but this is tempered by the very harsh reality of their near insurmountable costs. The real path to sustainability is the herculean task of everyone reducing consumption, right now. A must read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the sort of book that seems to actually make you smarter since, despite it's relative brevity, it provides an entirely new perspective on our current environmental crisis. You'll seem very clever if you discuss its ideas with others and you'll certainly feel clever when you use its thesis to consider the ideas and claims of others.
TT2135 More than 1 year ago
Barnes and Noble keeps sending me these request for reviewing books even though many times I have asked them to stop. This wasnt a bad book until I received another request from B&N to review.