Break Through: Why We Can't Leave Saving the Planet to Environmentalists

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Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger triggered a firestorm with the publication of Break Through, contending that the politics that dealt with acid rain and smog can’t deal with global warming.The nations that ratified the Kyoto protocol have seen their greenhouse gas emissions go up, not down. And the destruction of tropical rain forests, a key driver of global warming, has accelerated.What today’s ecological crises demand, say the authors, is not that we constrain human power but rather unleash it.We must go ...

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Overview

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger triggered a firestorm with the publication of Break Through, contending that the politics that dealt with acid rain and smog can’t deal with global warming.The nations that ratified the Kyoto protocol have seen their greenhouse gas emissions go up, not down. And the destruction of tropical rain forests, a key driver of global warming, has accelerated.What today’s ecological crises demand, say the authors, is not that we constrain human power but rather unleash it.We must go beyond interest group environmentalism and liberalism to create a politics focused as much on uncommon greatness as on the common good. “To win,Nordhaus and Shellenberger persuasively argue, environmentalists must stop congratulating themselves for their own willingness to confront inconvenient truths and must focus on building a politics of shared hope rather than relying on a politics of fear” (New York Times Book Review).
Break Through is the first step in a new progressive movement that will influence the political debate for years to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547085951
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 470,185
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus have spent their entire careers working with environmental organizations. The two are managing directors of American Environics, a social values research and political strategy firm, and are senior fellows with the Breakthrough Institute. Their vision of a new, more effective environmentalism is reflected in these proposals already introduced in Congress: "The New Apollo Project," by Representative Jay Inslee; "Health Care for Hybrids," by Senator Barack Obama; and "Global Warming Preparedness," by Senators John Kerry and Olympia Snowe.

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger have spent their entire careers working with environmental organizations. The two are managing directors of American Environics, a social values research and political strategy firm, and are senior fellows with the Breakthrough Institute. Their vision of a new, more effective environmentalism is reflected in these proposals already introduced in Congress: "The New Apollo Project," by Representative Jay Inslee; "Health Care for Hybrids," by Senator Barack Obama; and "Global Warming Preparedness," by Senators John Kerry and Olympia Snowe.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Mariner edition iv

Introduction: From the Nightmare to the Dream 1

Part I The Politics of Limits

1 The Birth of Environmentalism 21

2 The Forest for the Trees 41

3 Interests Within Interests 66

4 The Prejudice of Place 89

5 The Pollution Paradigm 105

6 The Death of Environmentalism 130

Part II The Politics of Possibility

7 Status and Security 157

8 Belonging and Fulfillment 188

9 Pragmatism 216

10 Greatness 241

In Gratitude 274

Notes 278

Bibliography 322

Index 333

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