The Greening Of Conservative America

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Is “conservative environmentalism” an oxymoron? Is more environmental regulation good for business? The Greening of Conservative America contends that the adherents to any well-considered conservative political philosophy should, on first principles, support pro-conservation, pro-environment policies. Furthermore, and pragmatically, Bliese demonstrates with repeated examples how environmental protection policies actually benefit business by stimulating greater efficiency and innovation and by spurring the creation of green products and services for new markets around the globe. These ideas are applied in chapters on specific environmental issues, including pollution, global warming, biodiversity, public-land management, and sustainability. The book concludes with criticisms of “free-market environmentalism” and calls conservatives back to their root principles on matters of the environment. Concerned citizens of any political persuasion will find much in this book to inform their views on public debates over environmental issues and policies.
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Editorial Reviews

Bliese's pioneering work will help conservatives reclaim their movement from the ideologues who have stolen it.
National Journal
An interesting overview of the often-neglected conservative policies.
Bliese makes an excellent case for preserving our environment based on economic and conservative values and from religious perspectives.
A bold challenge to the conventional wisdom identifying environmentalists as political new life to the debate over means.
Library Journal
As the Bush administration attempts to forge a national energy policy that includes increasing the supply of oil by opening more of Alaska's northern coast to drilling, perhaps his advisers should read this book. Bliese (communications studies, Texas Tech Univ.) argues that true, or traditional, conservatives are also conservationists, just as Teddy Roosevelt was. He distinguishes traditional conservatives, such as Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, and Frank Meyer, from libertarian, free-market conservatives and cultural conservatives. Since traditional conservatives follow the Judeo-Christian principle of preserving God's creation, to despoil the earth is a crime against God and man. The author posits that conservatives should employ free-market environmentalism, using market mechanisms to protect the environment, but that they should also restrain the market when it would destroy the environment. Much of the book contains examples of how free-market environmentalism would work to preserve public lands, reduce air and water pollution, and preserve some endangered species. As the author notes, the "liberal" environmental movement mistrusts the motives of all conservatives, but he hopes that with this book, liberals can discover common ground with traditional conservatives. Interesting but a bit theoretical and far-fetched; mildly recommended for larger public libraries. Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Noting that polls show that Republican voters oppose their party on environmental issues, favoring stronger environmental laws, Bliese (communications studies, Texas Tech U.) argues that conservation and environmentalism are and should be conservative values. He outlines principles of conservative political values and suggests that they support protecting the environment. He outlines conservative policies that have a salutary effect on the environment, suggesting they often work better than policies initiated by liberals. Finally he criticizes the current anti-environmental stance of the Republican party, as well as "free-market environmentalism." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813340326
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 0.79 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. E. Bliese is associate professor of communication studies at Texas Tech University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Misconceptions About Environmentalism and Conservatism 9
2 The "Environment Versus the Economy" Myth 21
3 Nine Conservative Principles 45
4 Pollution 69
5 Public Lands 95
6 Global Warming: The Problem 139
7 Global Warming: Conservative Solutions 173
8 Saving Species: Doing Noah's Job Today 207
9 Sustainability 235
10 "Free Market Environment": Environmentalism for Conservatives? 249
Concluding Thoughts 263
Notes 267
Index 329
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