The Making of a Conservative Environmentalist: With Reflections on Government, Industry, Scientists, the Media, Education, Economic Growth, the Public, the Great Lakes, Activists, and the Sunsetting of Toxic Chemicals

The Making of a Conservative Environmentalist: With Reflections on Government, Industry, Scientists, the Media, Education, Economic Growth, the Public, the Great Lakes, Activists, and the Sunsetting of Toxic Chemicals

by Gordon K. Durnil
     
 

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"[Durnil’s attack on chlorine is] one of the single boldest environmental policy ideas of the 1990’s.... The message is that if someone as conventional and as conservative as Mr. Durnil can latch on to one of the great social transformations of the American century, then so can every other Republican in the country." —New York Times Book

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"[Durnil’s attack on chlorine is] one of the single boldest environmental policy ideas of the 1990’s.... The message is that if someone as conventional and as conservative as Mr. Durnil can latch on to one of the great social transformations of the American century, then so can every other Republican in the country." —New York Times Book Review

"This is a serious, thoughtful book. If they would read it, the phoney ‘conservatives’ now performing in the center ring in Congress might be shamed into mending their ways. —Village Voice Literary Supplement

"Here comes a thoughtful, experienced conservative with impeccable Republican credentials a dedicated environmentalist with a different point of view. A thoughtful, readable mandate."—Ken Bode, Moderator, Washington Week in Review

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Durnil, a mover and shaker among Indiana Republicans, tells how he became an environmentalist and argues that conservatism and environmentalism need not be in conflict. In 1989, President Bush appointed Durnil to be the United States chair of the International Joint Commission, a binational organization whose charge is to safeguard the environmental resources along the U.S.-Canadian border. With absolutely no environmental background, but with impeccable conservative credentials, Durnil was a purely political appointment; but during his tenure, he took his job seriously and did his homework. Here, he focuses on the consequences of introducing toxic substances into ecosystems and argues that government resources should be spent on the elimination of such toxics rather than on remedial efforts. Within this rather narrow, but critically important, field, Durnil raises provocative points. Disappointingly, however, he dismisses as trivial other environmental issues that he has not yet personally studied (e.g., he argues against ``worrying about such esoteric theories as global warming''). Durnil's repeated asides in support of conservative causes unrelated to environmentalism (e.g., anti-abortion, anti-gay rights, pro-family values) detract from an otherwise cogent thesis. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253214997
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/09/2001
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Gordon K. Durnil is a lawyer, diplomat, politician, and conservative environmentalist. From 1981 to 1989 he was Indiana Republican State Chairman and a member of the Republican National Committee. In 1989 President Bush appointed him as United States Chairman of the International Joint Commission, the U.S.-Canadian organization charged with maintaining the quality of the environment in the Great Lakes region. He served in this post until 1994. In June of 1992 he was Head of Delegation for the International Joint Commission to the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, where he addressed the plenary session. Durnil is also the author of Is America Beyond Reform? and Throwing Chairs and Raising Hell: Politics in the Bulen Era.

Indiana University Press

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