Salvaging a Land of Plenty: Garbage and the American Dream

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Jennifer Seymour Whitaker takes on one of America's most crucial problems - the massive buildup of waste in our land and water - and shows what can be done about it. Exploring the clear and present dangers of massive fallout from production and consumption, she dramatizes how the American infatuation with commerce and progress has brought more people more goods than any other society in history - and how all that plenty threatens to make our world unlivable. In penetrating detail, she demonstrates exactly how ...
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Overview

Jennifer Seymour Whitaker takes on one of America's most crucial problems - the massive buildup of waste in our land and water - and shows what can be done about it. Exploring the clear and present dangers of massive fallout from production and consumption, she dramatizes how the American infatuation with commerce and progress has brought more people more goods than any other society in history - and how all that plenty threatens to make our world unlivable. In penetrating detail, she demonstrates exactly how incinerator and landfill emissions, trash and sewage, industrial wastes, agricultural chemicals, mining debris, and nuclear stockpiling are devastating our quality of life. Whitaker takes a hard look at all the potential solutions Americans currently employ and shows why the resistance of the U.S. private sector, great gaps in scientific knowledge, and massive failures in environmental regulation make more radical solutions imperative. She suggests the one solution that will work: government policies that fundamentally restructure market incentives. For anyone concerned about the environment, and the good life in America, Salvaging the Land of Plenty is essential reading.

Essential reading for anyone concerned about the environment, this seminal book explores the clear and present dangers of the massive fallout from production and consumption, and dramatizes how the American infatuation with commerce and progress threatens to make our world unlivable.

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The world is awash in garbage. Whitker ( How Can Africa Survive ) here provides a thoughtful, incisive look at the causes and environmental consequences of the prodigious amount of waste we generate. Her expansive view not only examines household trash but sewage, agricultural chemicals, industrial wastes, mining debris, automobile emissions and nuclear by-products. After outlining the problems with traditional methods of waste disposal such as landfilling, incineration and even recycling, Whitaker concludes that none will ever be effective enough to help us out of our environmental muddle. Because under current policies ``market forces are more likely to savage the environment than to salvage it,'' change will occur only if the government takes ``a strong lead to shift the direction of incentives'' by insuring that the full environmental costs of resource use and disposal are included in the cost of commodities. Her suggestions for governmental redirection of market forces are both simplistic and not very explicit. It is not enough to posit that Americans need to become less acquisitive. Whitaker argues cogently and persuasively, however, that environmental well-being and an improved personal and national standard of living are not inherently contradictory, especially if we ``found our economic welfare upon conservation, rather than exploitation, of materials.'' Although somewhat repetitive, the highly accessible writing style makes this book ideal for the informed lay reader. (May)
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The author is affiliated with the Council on Foreign Relations and has written three books on Africa and development. Here she tackles the problems of waste and waste disposal in America. She details the issues and suggests a solution: government policies that fundamentally restructure market incentives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780688101305
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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