Eco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists Are Destroying Our Natural Heritage

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An investigative reporter documents the destructive impact of the environmental movement in North America and beyond.

When journalist Elizabeth Nickson sought to subdivide her twenty-eight acres on Salt Spring Island in the Pacific Northwest, she was confronted by the full force and power of the radical conservationists who had taken over the local zoning council. She soon discovered that she was not free to do what she wanted with her land, and that in the view of these ...

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Overview

An investigative reporter documents the destructive impact of the environmental movement in North America and beyond.

When journalist Elizabeth Nickson sought to subdivide her twenty-eight acres on Salt Spring Island in the Pacific Northwest, she was confronted by the full force and power of the radical conservationists who had taken over the local zoning council. She soon discovered that she was not free to do what she wanted with her land, and that in the view of these arrogant stewards it wasn’t really hers at all. Nickson’s long, frustrating, and eyeopening encounter with these zealots started her on a journey to investigate and expose the hugely destructive impact of the environmental movement on ordinary people and communities across North America—and the world.

What she discovered is shocking. Forty million Americans have been driven from their land, and rural culture is being systematically crushed, even as wildlife, forests, and rangelands are dying. In Eco-Fascists, Nickson explores how environmental radicals have taken over government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. The result? A wholesale sequestration of forest, range, and water—more than 40 percent of North America—impoverishing us all, especially the most vulnerable. This confiscation of America’s natural heritage is a major factor contributing to our current economic decline; until it is acknowledged and addressed, our economy will not recover.

Nickson traces the tens of billions of dollars environmental nonprofits marshal every year to promote the notion that our essential natural systems are collapsing, and finds, in a brutal example of self-fulfilling prophesy, that their corrupted science is desertifying the heartland. She visits once-thriving communities that are turning to ghost towns because environmental legislation has forced mines, ranches, and mills to close and has forbidden critical forest, range, park, and wilderness maintenance.

Eco-Fascists exposes the major fallacies of the environmental movement—from wildlife protection to zoning to forest-fire management—and introduces us to the individuals who are fighting back. Fast-paced, highly accessible, and sure to be controversial, this is a work that will change the national conversation about environmental protection and its impact.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this bitter polemic, journalist Nickson analyzes the environmental movement from the perspective of property owners—herself included—who have had their livelihoods affected by onerous government regulation, while activists have hijacked the political process. Nickson argues that the “green lobby” is using bad science based on false assumptions about ecology and conservation biology to remake our country into a vast untended wilderness, with terrible economic and (yes) environmental consequences. Venom drips from her pen: “Evil may be too strong a word but what else do you call an idea that ruins everything it touches?” Environmental conservation impoverishes “working country” by taking away the land and water rights that were the founding principles of the republic and economic basis of Western expansion. The forests, plains, and waterways of North America are no longer to be cultivated for productive use; they are instead reserved only for the spiritual and aesthetic satisfaction of the “green overlords.” Nickson’s overreliance on partisan “experts” and unscientific dismissals of climate and conservation science, along with her tendency to ascribe hyperbolically dastardly motives to bureaucrats, scientists, city dwellers, politicians, philanthropists, and activists alike, undermines the effectiveness of her most stirring point: that whatever we are doing to save the environment, it’s not working—not for the land or for its people. Agent: Don Fehr, Trident Media Group. (Oct.)
Washington Times
A superbly written account of the devastating political agenda of the environmentalist junta...The book’s bombshell revelations alone will make it one of the year’s most talked-about releases…[This] book should also get people talking, reflecting and reconsidering previously held positions about North America’s environmental movement.
Kirkus Reviews
A veteran journalist's screed about the tyranny of the environmental movement in rural America. With much of American biological diversity located in rural areas, it stands to reason that the people and ways of life most strongly affected by the work of conservationists are found in the hinterlands. Former Globe and Mail, Time and Life contributor Nickson (The Monkey Puzzle Tree, 1994), who owns forest property on an island in the Pacific Northwest, waged a long battle against environmentalists there for the right to build another house on her property. Aghast at her encounter with environmental regulations, the author decided to investigate environmentalism's impact across the country. Her book is a chronicle of her personal struggle to claim her rights as a property owner and a broad, ranting overview of the environmental movement, "a grand idea corrupted by powerful fanatics" whose nongovernmental organizations rely on "a suffocating web of lies, distortions, fearmongering, and bad science." Conservation biology and the "sophistry" of Harvard scientist E.O. Wilson, with his overblown claims of species extinction, have curtailed the use of natural resources, extinguished jobs, forced rural people off the land, and sharply diminished working- and middle-class incomes. Nickson characterizes The Nature Conservancy, a leading NGO, as a wealthy group of "virtuecrats" with deep corporate ties. Like other groups, it uses the Endangered Species Act as a weapon to "destroy rural America." The author chronicles her interviews with aggrieved ranchers, other property owners and like-minded individuals such as philosopher of science Alton Chase, who faults conservation biology and researchers at the Property and Environment Research Center, a free-market think tank. Nickson's sledgehammer approach contributes little to understanding the clash between conservationists and property owners. A broad-brush demonization of environmentalism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062080035
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 367
  • Sales rank: 1,421,906
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Columnist, investigative journalist, and novelist Elizabeth Nickson was European bureau chief of Life magazine and a reporter for Time magazine, and has written for many international publications. She lives on Salt Spring Island in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    ECO Fascists

    Very thorough, imformative and relevant for today's issues.

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