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Green Seduction: Money, Business, and the Environment
     

Green Seduction: Money, Business, and the Environment

by Bill Streever
 

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Bill Streever has worked in almost every camp involved with the environment. He is a scientist who has worked in both public and private sectors. He brings that wide experience and the perspective of many others like him to Green Seduction: Money, Business, and the Environment.

Thirty-five years ago, polluted rivers burned, cities and farms dumped raw

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Bill Streever has worked in almost every camp involved with the environment. He is a scientist who has worked in both public and private sectors. He brings that wide experience and the perspective of many others like him to Green Seduction: Money, Business, and the Environment.

Thirty-five years ago, polluted rivers burned, cities and farms dumped raw sewage into aquifers, highway and dam construction proceeded with little thought to environmental impact, and carcinogens and acids billowed from smokestacks. Today much has changed. Government jobs and university training programs exist in environmental studies. Nonprofit organizations serve as watchdogs on government agencies, buy land for conservation, and offer advice and criticism to the corporate world. Environmental consulting is a profession, and in industry, environmental departments have developed. Since the late 1960s, environmentalism has grown from a radical movement to a mainstream business sector that spends more than two hundred billion dollars each year.

Following environmental workers on the job, Streever guides readers across a California Superfund site, through the New Orleans water system, into wetlands created in Washington, D.C., suburbs, through a south Georgia carpet plant, and elsewhere. Through these firsthand experiences, Green Seduction offers a new appreciation of what businesses have invested in the environment and what the benefits may be from that investment.

Bill Streever has worked as a research ecologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

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Library Journal
These three works argue that economic success is not at odds with environmental interests. Streever, formerly a research ecologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, takes readers on-site to nine ventures where environmental interests are economically succeeding, including a Georgia carpet plant and the New Orleans water system. This approach offers limited background and contextual information about the overall environmental movement. Throughout the text, Streever clearly identifies the major obstacle to a green economy: the fact that environmental costs are not internalized. However, no solution is offered.

Economist Henderson and journalist Sethi, the producer and host/scriptwriter of Ethical Markets, respectively, feature numerous profiles of companies and individuals who are leading the environmental movement. Following each chapter is a brief interview with a leader in the area addressed by the chapter. Just as in Streever's book, the numerous quotes from various individuals here fail to provide background information and analysis supporting arguments advanced by the authors.

Goldstein (energy program director, Natural Resources Defense Council) effectively takes an alternative approach through three main areas, further dissecting the subject by citing examples and data regarding national and international trends. Moving beyond Streever's and Henderson and Sethi's scant analysis, Goldstein offers in-depth discussion of the economic situation and government regulations. Additionally, he readily acknowledges problems of the "real world" and offers workable solutions to address these problems. Although all three works make the same argument and are intendedforpublic and undergraduate libraries, only Goldstein's lays a sound foundation for this contention and provides substantial evidence and historical examples to support it; only his book is recommended.
—Kristin Whitehair

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604731439
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
03/19/2007
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
435 KB

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