Green Gold: Japan, Germany, the United States and the Race for Environmental Technology / Edition 1

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A crucial argument for today's environmentalists—startling proof that environmental regulation and environmental technologies are necessary for a strong economy.

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Lucid and compelling. . . On Capitol Hill, lawmakers writing energy and environmental policy would do well to peruse Green Gold.—The Washington Post Book World
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Twelve years of political and business leadership hostile to environmental protection has dissipated the U.S.'s once dominant position in a wide range of crucial technologies, according to this important study. Examining the technologies and policies of other nations, Moore, a lawyer and journalist, and Miller, director of the Center for Global Change at the University of Maryland, cite remarkable environmental and economic successes in Germany and Japan. While the U.S. has been unable to move technology from basic research to the marketplace, those two countries bridged that gap using technologies developed by U.S. taxpayer money. Moore and Miller delineate ways in which the U.S.'s declining share of global markets in cars, power-generating equipment and solar-cell production is related to our inferior environmental standards. They look at California's innovative policies and the failure of national policies, and tender their own recommendations. (Aug.)
Library Journal
In eight chapters, Moore and Miller describe the U.S. indifference toward environmental technologies often developed with taxpayer funding through the Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, or Department of Energy. They succinctly catalog these missed opportunities-breakthroughs in fuel cells, electric power generation, car design/efficiency-that could have an enormous environmental and economic impact. By contrast, Germany and Japan, the authors believe, have foreseen the environment and their economies as mutually dependent, not antagonistic, partners. Two concluding chapters provide recom- mendations for change. The discussion is lively, timely, and clear. Recommended for all collections.-Michael D. Cramer, Virginia Polytechnic & State Univ. Lib., Blacksburg
Curtis, a former counsel to the US Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, and Miller (director, Center for Global Change, U. of Md.) go behind the scenes in Germany, Japan, and elsewhere to show how nations are staking their economic futures on developing new technologies aimed at protecting the environment. The authors uncover the reasons behind the US' failure to keep up with Germany and Japan's innovations in environmental technology, and discuss new technologies such as cleaner energy sources and more efficient industrial processes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807085318
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 938,524
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction 1
Pt. I New Realities - and Realists 17
Ch. 1 Germany's Miracle 19
Ch. 2 Japanese Opportunism 39
Ch. 3 The World Market and American Decline 59
Pt. II Losses and Possibilities 77
Ch. 4 U.S. Policy Failures 79
Ch. 5 California Sunshine 105
Pt. III The New Industries 125
Ch. 6 Wheels 127
Ch. 7 Clean Power Technologies and Cleaner Fuels 141
Ch. 8 The Inevitable Solution: Zero-Polluting Energy Sources 154
Pt. IV The Future 177
Ch. 9 Green Prophets 179
Ch. 10 Facing the Future: Policy Recommendations 194
Epilogue 213
Notes 223
Index 265
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