Tree-huggers may actually be squeezing the life out of the environment.
In a book that is alternately alarming, enlightening, ironic, and entertaining, award-winning journalist John Berlau explores the myriad ways in which shortsighted environmentalism actually endangers trees, wildlife, and people. In chapter after chapter, Berlau debunks myths and libels about:
- global warming and climate change
- the dangers of pesticides like DDT
- trees and pollution
- fuel economy and the auto industry
- the threat posed by asbestos
- the lifesaving role of dams and levees
- plans to "rewild" America
Mother Nature is not a gentle person, and Berlau's pointed reporting reveals the very real dangers to people and their environments when Eco-Freaks prevent us from restraining her.
"Berlau makes a powerful case. . . . Thinking environmentalists who read this book will be forced to revisit at least some of their most deeply held beliefs."
-Joel Himelfarb, Washington Times
"Berlau says a lot of things that are not generally known that needed to be said."
-Bruce N. Ames, recipient, National Medal of Science, 1998
Save the Planet . . . and Ourselves
In Eco-Freaks, award-winning journalist John Berlau provides a much needed and startling exposé about how the environmental movement with its radical, shortsighted eco-activists has actually helped amplify the dangers of natural disasters and destroyed the lives and property of millions of Americans.
As Berlau writes, "America . . . is still mighty prosperous, but environmentalism is putting us on the brink of danger as well. As technology after technology that our grandparents put in place is being banned, and new technologies never even come to market, we risk a public-health disaster. Environmentalists have promoted all sorts of doomsday scenarios about population explosions and massive cancer crises from pesticides that have been shown to be false. But now, because we have done away with so many useful products based on those scares, we are in danger of an old-fashion doomsday returning, because we've lost what protected us from the wrath of nature. Indeed, as we will see throughout this book, public health hazards caused by environmental policies are already on the scene."
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One of the most useful things I learned in my college economics class is the notion of the "opportunity cost". An opportunity cost is the cost of not doing what you could be doing. The cost of my sitting here writing this review is that I'm not cavorting around on a beach in Sao Paulo with two scantily-clad, coconut-oiled beauties. Berlau exposes the cost of not using DDT and asbestos, as well as how environmentalists, not global warming, bear the major responsibility for the wildfires in California and the drowning of New Orleans after Katrina. If you want to read a book which challenges the conventional wisdom and breaks through the wall of green propaganda like a karate chop, read Berlau's book. It will make you jump out of your chair and say, "YES!!!"
When I purchased this book, I knew next to nothing about the activities of environmentalists and the impact they have had on the day-to-day lives of many people. I had always assumed that they stood for improving the health and prosperity of the environment including humanity. This book has opened my eyes to two major facts I never knew about environmentalists. One, they often do promote the environment but at the cost of human health. And two, they sometimes do not even care about the environment. This may sound bizarre, but I feel this book has enough evidence to prove these statements.