Dave Burns'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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Feb 14, 2012

really liked it

The author sketches a world that has solved it environmental problems, but gives us no clue how we could get there. In his utopia, stable populations of humans live in high density cities with high energy costs. The incentives built into this environment encourage people to stay within a reasonable carbon footprint, fertility rate, and energy budget. How do we get from here to there? Owen's silence on this conundrum leaves us to fill in the blanks for ourselves. One possible conclusion is that while we can imagine his solution to the environmental conundrum, we have no way to achieve it.
The book spends most of its words debunking popular ideas about how to solve environmental problems. It is well written, entertaining, engaging and well worth a look. Do not expect to feel hopeful after reading it.
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