Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism

Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism

by Martin W. Lewis
     
 

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Scholars, politicians, and activists worldwide are finally recognizing the severity of the global environmental movement remain. Anti-environmentalists dismiss the very idea of a 'crisis' as a mirage.

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Scholars, politicians, and activists worldwide are finally recognizing the severity of the global environmental movement remain. Anti-environmentalists dismiss the very idea of a 'crisis' as a mirage.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Eco-extremists threaten the environment, Lewis argues, by fueling the anti-environmental countermovement. A professor of geography at George Washington University, he analyzes and sharply criticizes radical environmentalism, charging that it is founded on erroneous ideas fabricated from questionable scholarship and that its proponents ignore history and willfully dismiss economics. He profiles the principal groups of radical greens, pointing out the weaknesses and dangers of their agendas. A liberal moderate, Lewis advocates a Promethean rather than Arcadian approach to environmentalism; he would rely on technology, urbanizaton and Third World development to restore and protect the planet. Such primary problems as population growth and poverty, he argues, cannot be solved by poltical extremism. lewis makes a strong case for solar power and a globally integrated economy in this controversial book, which is likely to stir up a hornet's nest of debate. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Written by a self-confessed ex-radical now espousing an eclectic ``Promethean'' environmentalism that embraces, among other enviromental bugaboos, capitalism, large-scale government, advanced technology, and big cities, Green Delusions aims to ``distinguish the five main variants of eco-extremism . . . to expose the fallacies on which such views ultimately founder, and to demonstrate that the policies advocated . . . would, if enacted, result in unequivocal ecological catastrophe.'' The author generally hits his target cleanly and forcefully, making the book essential for environmental collections. Its clarity, detail, and solid documentation could also make it a surprise success in general circulation. Though clearly addressed to the academic and environmental communities, it could, given a little attention, gain a sizable audience among those ordinary citizens who find themselves increasingly disquieted by the extremism that currently dominates environmental discourse.-- Linn Prentis, Milford, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822312574
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1992
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.11(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

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