David Owen. Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009. 357pp.
There are advantages to this kind of simplicity. From this perspective, Owen offers a number of compelling and sharp-edged critiques of popular delusions about sustainability and environmental responsibility, including the anti-urban, back-to-the-land proclivities of modern environmentalism (18-21), the false hopes of solar power (239-245) and hydrogen (260-262) as sources of alternative energy, the local-food movement (300-305), hybrid cars (99), argon-filled windows (247-255), recycling (296-297), and the frenetic green consumerism embodied in such phenomena as "LEED brain" (230).