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We’ve imagined for several decades that in an ideal energy future we’ll have solar panels on every building and wind turbines accompanying the corn on rural farmland. Yet, is our energy context ready for photovoltaic modules and wind generated electricity? Who doesn’t love the idea of harvesting solar energy that would just hit the planet whether we use it or not? Will renewable energy technologies replace our oil infrastructure or will environmentalists need to tackle many other issues before we should even start talking about renewable energy?
In Extraenvironmentalist #42 we hear from Ozzie Zehner about his new book Green Illusions which discusses the ecological impacts of manufacturing a renewable energy future. Ozzie tells us about his research into the stories of renewable energy technologies such as solar photovoltaics and wind turbines. Are solar panels on a rapidly decreasing cost curve? Do wind turbines reduce carbon emissions of electricity generation? We also ask Ozzie what environmentalists should advocate for if they aren’t pushing for renewable energy.
// Music (in order of appearance)
Princeton – Grand Rapids (RAC Remix) via RAC Soundcloud Page
Elliot Yamin – Let’s Get to What’s Real via ThatEricAlper Soundcloud Page
Joe Bataan – Es Tu Costa (It’s Your Thing) via Funky16Corners
Bodies of Water – Like a Stranger via Icarus & Occident
Dolly Parton – House of The Rising Sun (Apollo Zero’s Dolly House of Remix) via Apollo Zero
// Extended Clips (in order of appearance)
[1st Break] – 34m
Obama on Renewable Energy
Rep. Inslee floor statement on American optimism and renewable energy jobs
Mark Jacobson – Renewable Energy is Now
Alan Grais on Renewable Energy from the Montreal Degrowth Conference on an upcoming Vimeo video
T. Boone Pickens
Obama on Winning the Future – Renewable Energy
[2nd Break] – 1h05m
Juliet Schor on working less from the Montreal Degrowth Conference
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