Through Green- Colored Glasses


A former member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution reveals the flaws in alarmist environmental movement arguments.

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A former member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution reveals the flaws in alarmist environmental movement arguments.

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Focusing on the economics of environmental issues, the authors of these books emphasize the need for developing nations to become wealthier. In his sequel to In Defense of Economic Growth (1974), Beckerman considers such issues as finite resources, biodiversity, global warming, and sustainable development in light of global economics. Rather than a single conflict concerning economic growth vs. the environment, he concludes that there are three conflicts: differing claims on an abundance of resources, the interests of different countries, and conflicting interests of different generations. The author's presentation of his case varies from strong, well reasoned, and easy to follow to sarcastic and trivial. Although he has some important points to make, his tone may at times alienate many readers. Dunn and Kinney's presentation is more balanced, with a generally alternative and more optimistic view, albeit one where the environment is completely under human control. The authors contrast the "liability culture" of environmentalists with the "asset culture" of economists, including themselves, in current approaches to environmental problems. The book opens by laying out current environmental "assets," then examines wealth and resources, and concludes with a section detailing their views on reaching a better environment. Given the wide range of areas, the necessarily brief presentations of the current "assets" are, in some cases, overly simplistic. The information presented is clearly documented, however, and the main points of each section are neatly summarized. For academic collections.Jeanne Davidson, Oregon State Univ. Lib., Corvallis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882577354
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 9/24/1996
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to U.S. Edition
Introduction 1
1 Whose Growth? Whose Environment? 13
2 Poverty and the Environment in the Third World 25
3 Income Levels and the Environment 41
4 The Problem of Finite Resources, or How We Managed without Beckermonium 55
5 Biodiversity and the Extinction of Species 75
6 Global Warming and Scientific Uncertainty 91
7 Global Warming and the "Precautionary Principle" 103
8 Growth and Welfare: Must They Conflict? 123
9 The "Sustainable Development" Alternative 143
10 Why Do Anything for Posterity? 161
11 Is Discounting the Future "Unfair" to Future Generations? 177
Conclusions: Toward a Balanced Debate 197
Notes 201
Bibliography 217
Index 225
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