- Paperback: 261 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594485615
- ISBN-13: 978-1594485619
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse Original Edition
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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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Overall I enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone interested in energy policy. Owen's thoughtful points serve as balance to optimists like Bryce and Lovins.
The first problem is that he is not the type of person willing to live as a vegan without a car. While he seems to have a great awareness of what needs done, he doesn't manage to live in the manner he knows is necessary. That can make him a little hard to take serious at times.
Second, he has more problems than solutions. It is very clear that the NIMBYs which have stopped us from building more high density cities based on Subways and Elevators need to be broken. It is very clear that energy efficiency gains give us nothing if they do not come along with higher energy prices. However the pathways to make that happen are opaque.