Environmental Gore: A Constructive Response to Earth in the Balance

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Vice President Al Gore's Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit was one of the most widely read books written by an active politician in many years. More than just a book about science or policy, Earth in the Balance presented environmental issues as a moral and metaphysical challenge to humankind. In true point-counterpoint fashion comes Environmental Gore: A Constructive Response to Earth in the Balance. While complimenting Gore for beginning a constructive dialogue and acknowledging Gore's ...
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Overview

Vice President Al Gore's Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit was one of the most widely read books written by an active politician in many years. More than just a book about science or policy, Earth in the Balance presented environmental issues as a moral and metaphysical challenge to humankind. In true point-counterpoint fashion comes Environmental Gore: A Constructive Response to Earth in the Balance. While complimenting Gore for beginning a constructive dialogue and acknowledging Gore's "Impressive mastery" of environmental issues, the authors collected here offer both a competing vision of the nature of environmental issues and different strategies for solving our genuine environmental ills. These authors reflect Gore's grandiloquent view that nothing less than a transformation of human nature and society is required to safeguard the environment. Instead, what is required is sound science and a clearer understanding of how institutional and economic incentives can be changed to carry out the legitimate agenda of environmental protection. Environmental Gore includes essays from eminent scientists, policy analysts, and social thinkers and is offered in, the spirit of finding common ground between Vice President Gore's vision and the insights of the school of thought known as "new resource economics."
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Library Journal
This collection of essays purports to offer an alternative vision of the state of the global environment to that presented by Vice President Al Gore in his best-selling Earth in the Balance (LJ 1/92), but in large part the book fails to deliver on its promise. Inevitably with a collection of this nature, the constituent essays are of uneven quality. The strongest entries focus on the economics of Gore's solutions and offer market-based alternatives. The contributions by Robert Hahn (American Enterprise Institute) and Gus di Zerega (Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment) are noteworthy, with di Zerega's easily the most provocative in the book. Many of the other essays offer weak, unsubstantiated attacks on Gore's work and make the entire book much less than the sum of its parts. For most libraries, this will be a marginal purchase.-Randy Dykhuis, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936488783
  • Publisher: Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
About the Authors
Pt. I Civilization in the Balance 1
1 Comments on Earth in the Balance 3
2 Toward a New Environmental Paradigm 27
3 Gore's Environmental Views and the Economy 77
4 The Environmental Creed According to Gore 91
Pt. II Climate Issues 107
5 Global Warming - The Gore Vision versus Climate Reality 109
6 The Origin and Nature of the Alleged Scientific Consensus 123
7 With Respect to the Ozone Hole - Gore Is Part of the Problem 137
Pt. III Resource Issues 151
8 Tropical Rain Forests - Myths and Realities 153
9 Waste Not, Want Not 171
10 It Works Better If You Plug It In 193
11 The Role of Free Trade in Conservation 201
Pt. IV Toward Real Reform 217
12 Property Rights as a Central Organizing Principle 219
13 Sustainable Communities 227
14 Clear Thinking About the Earth 249
Afterword 259
Index 263
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