Diane's Reviews > The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse

The Conundrum by David Owen
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Apr 20, 12

Read from April 16 to 18, 2012

A very sobering, not to say depressing, book. I've had to remove my halo as a "concerned consumer" type of environmentalist and tuck it away. Turns out my sacred cows in that department had hooves of clay. Not that I won't still try to do my bit as best I can see how to do, but he makes it pretty clear that our global environmental challenges need a large, collective effort that relies a lot more on frugality than on increased efficiencies. Not to mention altering a certain delusional "developed world" mindset that suggests no sacrifices will be involved in solving global warming and related dilemmas. Humbling as it all is, I prefer to see the issues as clearly as possible and his argument makes a lot of sense. Apparently the more efficiently we use limited energy resources the more we use them altogether - and the faster their use spreads. If you've a mind to get serious about climate change, perhaps you should give this book a look.
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