Fwd: Ozzie Zehner, "Solar Cells and Other Fairy Tales"
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:59:53 -0700 (PDT)
Another valuable find by Wanda Ballentine. I hope to read Zehner's book by
the end of the year (after my University of Minnesota courses have ended).
It's available at the Hennepin County Library.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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From: Wanda Ballentine <wsb70 [at] comcast.net>
Date: Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM
Subject: Ozzie Zehner, "Solar Cells and Other Fairy Tales"

 Very important view of alternative energy


Ozzie Zehner, "Solar Cells and Other Fairy Tales"

This event was held at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine &
Society at the University of California, Berkeley.

"Solar Cells and Other Fairy Tales: Symbols and Expectations for a Clean
Energy Future"

7 Mar 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Ozzie Zehner
STSC Visiting Scholar

The seductive tales of wind turbines, solar cells, and biofuels foster the
impression that with a few technical upgrades, we might just sustain our
current energy trajectories without consequence. Media and political
coverage lull us into dreams of a clean energy future juxtaposed against a
tumultuous past characterized by evil oil companies and the associated
energy woes they propagated. Like most fairy tales, this productivist
parable contains a tiny bit of truth. And a whole lot of fantasy.

This talk does not expose a scandal or cover-up in the traditional sense,
but rather explores a particular alignment of interests and priorities that
presents equally provocative questions to the environmental community.
Solar cells shine brightly within the idealism of textbooks and the glossy
pages of environmental magazines, but real-world experiences reveal a
scattered collection of side effects and limitations that rarely mature
into attractive realities.

This talk is based on Ozzie's forthcoming book, Green Illusions: The Dirty
Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism (University of
Nebraska Press, June 2012).

This event sponsored by STSC
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