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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547085958
  • ASIN: B002UXS1KQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Smart...not least because it would allow greens to frame climate change as an inspiring challenge, not just a pending catastrophe. And that's a contrarian position that just might help win the climate wars." (Time Magazine )

"Green groups may carp, but the truth is the book could turn out to be the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring." (Wired )

"Their overall message - the enviros 'must choose between a resentful narrative of tragedy and a grateful narrative of overcoming' - will resonate with even dedicated tree huggers." (Outside Magazine )

"[Break Through] is unremittingly interesting, sharp, and wide-ranging, and it provides a great deal fo thoughtful comment for anyone trying to figure out how to rally public support behind action on climate change, or indeed behind any progressive change." (Bill McKibben, New York Review of Books )

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Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus have spent their entire careers working with environmental organizations. The two are managing dirctors of American Environics, a social values research and political stategy firm, and are senior fellows with the Breakthrough Institute. Their vision of a new, more effective envioronmentalism is reflected in these proposals already intoduced into Congress: "The New Apollo Project" by Rep. Jay Inslee; "Health Care for Hybrids," by Senator Barack Obama; and "Global Warming Preparedness," by Senators John Kerry and Olympia Snowe. They both reside in Oakland, CA.

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger have spent their entire careers working with environmental organizations. The two are managing dirctors of American Environics, a social values research and political stategy firm, and are senior fellows with the Breakthrough Institute. Their vision of a new, more effective envioronmentalism is reflected in these proposals already intoduced into Congress: "The New Apollo Project" by Rep. Jay Inslee; "Health Care for Hybrids," by Senator Barack Obama; and "Global Warming Preparedness," by Senators John Kerry and Olympia Snowe. They both reside in Oakland, CA.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ted Badami on June 4, 2013
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Nordhaus, T, Shellenberger, M. 2009
Break Through: Why We Can't Leave Saving the Planet to Environmentalists
[ISBN: 9780547085951]

Break Through: Why We Can't Leave Saving the Planet to Environmentalists

In the title alone, the controversy begins. And while the book does not approach any singular aspect of environmentalism, it does approach environmentalism as a whole. The methodology used speaks volumes. From the birth of environmentalism, to the greatness of human possibility, this book provides something obviously lacking in the world today. That something is more than hope, and something more than rhetoric. The book prods humanity to relinquish the outmoded means of progress, and instead asks us to reinvent ourselves. This reinvention is the catalyst we need to begin the long journey of the many environmental challenges we face, not only as a nation, but also as a world interconnected by globalized concerns.

The book begins with a beautiful analogy using a speech by Martin Luther King as an example. The question posed is: What if Mr. King had given the `I have a nightmare,' speech instead of the `I have a dream speech?' The question is apropos to todays environmental ideology. The positivity of that speech encouraged people. Anything less would have put his agenda in a much different light. It is this sort of positivity echoed throughout the book. The same set of circumstances is upon us. We are at the crossroads of polarization. On one side of the fence are conservative progressives who want to develop natural resources to compete in a global economy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Tryon on April 7, 2013
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As a retired state energy office manager it was good to read the ideas of people who are seriously concerned about out environment and have ideas of where we need to go that are practical and obtainable.
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gail Zawacki on January 31, 2013
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As if we didn't have enough already. The authors believe that emphasizing new technology will save us. The problem is, they grotesquely and fatally underestimate some utterly insurmountable problems.

1. Pollution is far worse than acknowledged, even by the environmentalists they excoriate for "fear mongering." Coral reefs are dying, and so are forests, in rapidly accelerating trends. We can't roll out the new Frankensteins they are promoting nearly fast enough to stop the collapse of those ecosystems, and without them, humans are toast along with most other species. See the blog witsendnj about forests - and just google ocean acidification.

2. Climate change has already passed tipping points thanks to those pesky amplifying feedbacks, and is beyond our ability to reverse even if we ceased all CO2 emissions today. Look for Guy McPherson's talks on youtube or his blog, Nature Bats Last. Empirical observations - not overly cautious models - indicate we are in for violent destabilization with horrendous consequences that are already occurring - floods, wildfires, and droughts.

3. It's not just peak oil that is going to destroy industrial civiliation, with reverberations everywhere else (like wars). There are many other non-renewable resources that are required by any advanced technology. "Renewable energy" is an oxymoron.

You may now go back to your regularly scheduled consumption.
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3 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Moon on October 17, 2010
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I am an Architect and founded the Thunder Hill Park Alliance in our community. Years ago our County Government purchased a 300 acre farm in the center of the new Community, Columbia, Md. Over the past 40 years, Columbia has become the most successful new community in the world.

The political issues around the property were we going to stand by and see a priceless piece of property that has location, location get destroyed or were we going to offer an alternative for the highest and best use for everyone to enjoy. (a nightmare story becomes a dream story)

This book documents and helped change our direction in making points to give us support shaping our final vision. The Thunder Hill Park Alliance has survived through years of battle and the book has documented our plight. Hundreds of us in this community are grateful we now have a book like this to use as a tool for our success in saving the property forever.

Thunder Hill Park will be our 300 acre Central Park serving the world for generations and generations to come. Thank you to everyone who helped put this thoughtful documentation together.
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