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Fight for the Bay: Why a Dark Green Environmental Awakening is Needed to Save the Chesapeake Bay
     

Fight for the Bay: Why a Dark Green Environmental Awakening is Needed to Save the Chesapeake Bay

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by Howard R. Ernst
 

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In this important new book on the declining health of one of America's leading environmental treasures, Howard R. Ernst reveals a Chesapeake Bay that has become functionally dead. He argues that the Chesapeake Bay succumbed to political leaders who postured but failed to make the hard decisions needed to revive the Bay's health. While blunt in his evaluation of

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In this important new book on the declining health of one of America's leading environmental treasures, Howard R. Ernst reveals a Chesapeake Bay that has become functionally dead. He argues that the Chesapeake Bay succumbed to political leaders who postured but failed to make the hard decisions needed to revive the Bay's health. While blunt in his evaluation of past and present failures to restore the Bay, Ernst believes that there is still time and sets out new "dark green" strategies to do so. In the concluding chapter, five long-time Bay activists provide first-person accounts of their battles and hopes for the future. This challenging book provides a wake-up call for everyone concerned about the future of the Chesapeake Bay and other ecological treasures throughout America.

Editorial Reviews

The Futurist
Ernst’s Fight for the Bay is an incisive look at an important ecosystem and what communities everywhere can learn from it. Researchers, environmentalists, and political activists of all kinds may find it an enlightening read.
Larry Sabato
Howard Ernst has done it again, creating a stunning mosaic of politics, policy, and the environment. Nobody writes about environmental politics with more clarity or understanding than Ernst.
Chesapeake Bay Journal
The general public may largely view environmentalists as all being green, but author Howard Ernst points out in his latest book that the conservation community is far from a monolithic block. Rather, environmentalists come in all shades of green and he argues that the shade of green that dominates political debate could determine the future of the Chesapeake in, Fight for the Bay.
Booklist December 2009
Ernst is devoted to elucidating both obvious and subtle aspects of the catastrophic transformation of the Chesapeake Bay from a vast, fecund 'ecological treasure' into a dead zone, first in Chesapeake Bay Blues (2003), and now in this eye-opening inquiry into the failure to restore the Bay, in spite of the spawning of 600-plus environmental groups and the allocation of huge amounts of money. . . . Ernst’s incisive and thought-provoking study pinpoints the sticking points holding up environmental progress and offers a do’s-and-don’ts primer to effective action.
August 2010 Choice
Ernst concisely details the irony of an ecosystem once remarkably productive, precisely because of its nutrient-rich waters, becoming threatened by excessive nutrients.... Recommended.
Publishers Weekly
In 2003, Hunt, a political science professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, issued a wakeup call with his polemic Chesapeake Bay Blues, arguing that "politics as usual" was leading to "continued environmental degradation." Six years later, the situation is worse; Chesapeake Bay is "functionally dead," and the problem has gone global. Distinguishing between the more confrontational approach of the "Dark Greens" and the moral arguments of the "Light Greens," Ernst argues that differences in the movement have contributed to the ability of opposing "Cornucopians" to push an agenda of pure economic self-interest. The largest environmental interest group in the Bay region, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, refuses to engage in electoral politics while the Bay's biggest polluters, such as the poultry industry, use their money to get pro-industry candidates into office: "the Perdue family alone spent more in one recent election... than the combined spending of all environmental groups across the three key Bay states during the same period of time." Still, there are many individuals and organizations doing important work, and Ernst chronicles their struggles in detail. A passionate call to action from a longtime activist (Ernst is currently in his 80s), this read will shock and inspire a range of concerned citizens, from homeowners to journalists to lawmakers.
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Bay Weekly
Ernst is back with a new book, called Fight for the Bay , striking out in some new directions with sharpening important insights that have turned out to be true. . . . Ernst plows new ground in tackling a fact many Americans haven't yet realized: The decline of newspaper investigative reporting will affect their lives, their well-being, and their environment.
The Capital
This short and straightforward book calls for regulatory, legislative and enforcement action to protect the Chesapeake . . . Ernst's discussion of the different mind-sets of what he calls cornucopians, light-green and dark-green environmentalists, is provocative and insightful . . . Fight for the Bay is a compelling book that may one day be viewed as the Chesapeake's counterpart to Silent Spring .
December 2009 Booklist
Ernst is devoted to elucidating both obvious and subtle aspects of the catastrophic transformation of the Chesapeake Bay from a vast, fecund 'ecological treasure' into a dead zone, first in Chesapeake Bay Blues (2003), and now in this eye-opening inquiry into the failure to restore the Bay, in spite of the spawning of 600-plus environmental groups and the allocation of huge amounts of money. . . . Ernst’s incisive and thought-provoking study pinpoints the sticking points holding up environmental progress and offers a do’s-and-don’ts primer to effective action.
Dr. Larry Sabato
Howard Ernst has done it again, creating a stunning mosaic of politics, policy, and the environment. Nobody writes about environmental politics with more clarity or understanding than Ernst.
Hedrick Smith
Like Paul Revere, Howard Ernst calls us to arms—to rescue our birthright to a clean environment. Our great waterways are 'functionally dead,' he warns, maimed by 'raw greed, political hypocrisy' and well-intentioned but weak-kneed environmentalists. It is time, Ernst declares, to mount a 'dark green' revolution against our 'political dead zone' and reclaim our birthright. And he points the way.
Bill McKibben
I read with special interest the chapter on environmental journalism, which describes with accuracy and wisdom the dangerous decline of reporting in this area. It's clearly a major reason why progress is so halting and slow when it happens at all.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Professor Ernst's new concept—the political dead zone—will change the way people think about environmental politics. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned with environmental protection.
August 2010 CHOICE
Ernst concisely details the irony of an ecosystem once remarkably productive, precisely because of its nutrient-rich waters, becoming threatened by excessive nutrients.... Recommended.
March 2010 The Futurist
Ernst’s Fight for the Bay is an incisive look at an important ecosystem and what communities everywhere can learn from it. Researchers, environmentalists, and political activists of all kinds may find it an enlightening read.
Bay Journal
The general public may largely view environmentalists as all being green, but author Howard Ernst points out in his latest book that the conservation community is far from a monolithic block. Rather, environmentalists come in all shades of green and he argues that the shade of green that dominates political debate could determine the future of the Chesapeake in, Fight for the Bay.
The Evening Sun
He is best known for his work in the area of environmental politics and is considered a leading authority on the Chesapeake Bay restoration program.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742563247
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/16/2009
Pages:
164
Sales rank:
1,152,012
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Hedrick Smith
Like Paul Revere, Howard Ernst calls us to arms—to rescue our birthright to a clean environment. Our great waterways are 'functionally dead,' he warns, maimed by 'raw greed, political hypocrisy' and well-intentioned but weak-kneed environmentalists. It is time, Ernst declares, to mount a 'dark green' revolution against our 'political dead zone' and reclaim our birthright. And he points the way.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Ernst's new concept—the political dead zone—will change the way people think about environmental politics. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned with environmental protection.
Bill McKibben
I read with special interest the chapter on environmental journalism, which describes with accuracy and wisdom the dangerous decline of reporting in this area. It's clearly a major reason why progress is so halting and slow when it happens at all.

Meet the Author

Howard R. Ernst, professor of political science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, is the author of Chesapeake Bay Blues.

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