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Library JournalThese 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.