The Greening Of Conservative America

The Greening Of Conservative America

by John Bliese, John R. Bliese


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The Greening Of Conservative America by John Bliese, John R. Bliese

In "conservative environmentalism" an oxymoron> The Greening of Conservative America contends that adherents to any well-considered conservative political philosophy should, on first principles, support pro-conservation, pro-environment policies. John Bliese demonstrates how environmental-protection policies actually benefit business by stimulating greater efficiency and innovation, thus spurring the creation of green products and services for new markets around the globe. A most persuasive critic of "free-market environmentalism," Bliese calls conservatives back to their root principles on matters of the environment.

About the Author:
John R. E. Bliese is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Texas Tech University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813338026
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.17(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.17(d)
Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)

About the Author

John R. E. Bliese is associate professor of communication studies at Texas Tech University.

Table of Contents

1Misconceptions About Environmentalism and Conservatism9
"Environmentalists Are Anticapitalists and Leftists,"10
"Environmentalist Are Pagan Nature Worshipers; Christians Cannot Be Environmentalists,"13
"Environmentalism Is Just Gloom and Doom,"17
"Conservatives Should Be 'for Business,'"18
2The "Environment Versus the Economy" Myth21
Overall, Does Environmental Protection Hurt the Economy?22
Does Environmental Protection Hurt Competitiveness?24
Does Environmental Protection Cause Industrial Flight?27
Does Environmental Protection Cause Slower Economic Growth?28
Does Environmental Protection Hurt Profits?28
What About Jobs?29
Jobs Versus Owls? The Endangered Species Act31
3Nine Conservative Principles45
Conservatism Is Not Materialistic46
Freedom of the Individual Is Important50
Responsibility Is a Corollary of Freedom53
Private Property Is a Fundamental Social Institution55
The Free Market Is a Fundamental Social Institution57
Piety Is a Virtue, Especially Piety Toward Nature59
Society Is Intergenerational63
Prudence Is the Most Important Political Virtue64
Conservatives Are Not Ideologues66
Air Pollution69
Water Pollution81
Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes87
5Public Lands95
The Forest Service96
Destruction of the National Forests98
Below-Cost Timber Sales: The Taxpayers Lose105
Livestock on the Public Range113
Federal Water Projects in the West129
6Global Warming: The Problem139
Impacts of Global Warming151
Damage Estimates161
7Global Warming: Conservative Solutions173
Four Ways to Reduce the Rate of Climate Change174
Some Policies to Consider187
A Climate Protection Fund201
Costs of Climate Protection203
8Saving Species: Doing Noah's Job Today207
The Endangered Species Act213
Problems with the Endangered Species Act222
Protecting Biodiversity: Conservative Solutions228
A Biodiversity Trust Fund232
Fisheries: A Tragedy of the Commons236
Nature's Services241
10"Free Market Environmentalism": Environmentalism for Conservatives?249
Concluding Thoughts263

What People are Saying About This

Ken Kramer

Provides a compelling case that conservative political thought supports the conservation of Earth and its natural resources. (Ken Kramer, Director, Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club)

William D. Ruckelshaus

John Bliese is right in pointing out there is nothing incompatible between conservatism and support for environmental protection. (William D. Ruckelshaus, former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Martha Marks

Everybody in the White House, Congress and the state legislatures should read this book! (Martha Marks President, REP America)

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