This book sets out the case for Hard Green, a conservative environmental agenda. Modern environmentalism, Peter Huber argues, destroys the environment. Captured as it has been by the Soft Green oligarchy of scientists, regulators, and lawyers, modern environmentalism does not conserve forests, oceans, lakes, and streams - it hastens their destruction. For all its scientific pretension, Soft Green is not green at all. Its effects are the opposites of green.This book lays out the alternative: a return to Yellowstone and the National Forests, the original environmentalism of Theodore Roosevelt and the conservation movement. Chapter by chapter, Hard Green takes on the big issues of environmental discourse from scarcity and pollution to efficiency and waste disposal. This is the Hard Green manifesto: Rediscover T.R. Reaffirm the conservationist ethic. Expose the Soft Green fallacy. Reverse the Soft Green agenda. Save the environment from the environmentalists.
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About the Author
Peter Huber is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy, where he specializes in issues related to technology, science, and law. His previous books include Hard Green, Liability, and Galileo's Revenge. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dr. Huber's efforts to present a cogent counter-punch in the current environmental debate are disappointing at best. The work is lacking in convincing supporting details. Moreover, the ones used are from flimsy sources (General Motors reporting on its progress in regards to industrial pollution versus an outside and unbiased source, for example). Overall the piece is deprived of any serious thought and Dr. Huber's attempt to brush off environmental problems as something for the markets to correct is shocking and indefensible. I do not recommend this work.
Briefly, a hard hitting, well written book which presents, cogently and coherently(with a bit of wry humor at times), some solid arguments to counter the more extreme views being presented these days by the super Greens. There is much to consider for the rational environmentalist. Some of the authors points are very arguable, but clear enough to develop effective counter arguments on those subjects. A great discussion resource.
Huber celebrates not only not doing very little about the environment (the market will save us from ourselves) but not knowing very much either (with an almost complete lack of documentation). The one exception is protecting natural areas. That the only 'Hard green' that Huber can find is Theodore Rosevelt (misidentified as a conservative rather than a progressive) should have been a clue he was promoting a mythical beast. I have read several books on the same theme, but none as useless as this nonsense. BTW, 'The Limits to Growth' did not make the predictions Huber claimed it did. Its always easier to attack straw men then real arguments.
Much environmental policy is now driven by the mistaken theory that environmental problems have mankind on the brink of a cataclysmic environmental avalanche. Peter Huber discusses this error propelled by the 1972 best seller, The Limits to Growth, and by its various successors. He explains the folly of resulting attempts to regulate away every last trace of chemical residues that work their harm only in complex computer models. He convincingly illuminates the environmental virtue of using fossil fuels rather than solar energy. He explains how wealth checks the human population explosion better than poverty. He identifies the common sense components of the environmental movement and elaborates how to further the reasonable part of the environmental cause. His insights derive from his genius and from his very professional knowledge of engineering and of law. In my opinion, his thoughts are of the caliber that led to Nobel Prizes for Hayek and Coase. His writing style is extremely captivating and entertaining -- you won't want to skip a single page.