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"Of all the debates in the scientific arena
there is none in which the White House has cooked the books more than that of global warming," argues Kennedy in this harsh indictment of what he sees as the Bush administrations assault on the environment and democracy in general. Kennedys investigation focuses on the undue influence of industry lobbyists (read Halliburton) on environmental standards and the governments alleged suppression of nearly a dozen scientific reports on global warming. He maligns Bush appointees like Interior Secretary Gale Norton ("a champion of corporate welfare for three decades") and offers a cogent analysis of Christine Todd Whitmans departure from the EPA in 2002. Although Kennedy accuses the Bush administration of using a campaign strategy that revolves around "fear-mongering," he uses fear to drive home his own points, noting things like the lethal mercury levels in tuna, pork industry pollution and insufficiently guarded chemical plants. Nevertheless, he competently ties the survival of democracy to sound environmental policy, contending that corporate powerparticularly the power wielded by the oil, beef and lumber industriesmust never supersede democratic institutions. Kennedys argument is strongest when he sticks to the facts and avoids making the kind of angry, sweeping statements that fill the concluding chapter ("Instead of can-do American ingenuity, this is the administration of "cant do." It has constructed a philosophy of government based on self-interest run riot: It has borrowed $9 trillion from our children and looted our Treasury
"). Whether or not one agrees with these accusations, Kennedy makes a passionate case for more effective environmental controls and wraps it up with a practical vision of a free-market future "in which businesses pay all the costs of bringing their products to market," including the costs of environmental safeguards.
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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law. A former assistant district attorney for New York City, he is the coauthor of The Riverkeepers: Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment as a Basic Human Right.
Great book. Highly recommend it! Empowers me to be more active in protecting the environment!Published 2 months ago by Derek
Bush should be known as the magical president. When the twin towers were hit Bush DISAPPEARED. The Iraq nuclear missiles DISAPPEARED. $billions in cash just 'disappeared' in Iraq. Read morePublished 4 months ago by travelertoo
Bought this for a grandchild who needed to read it. Have no other comment to make.
She was very happy to get it.
Most people grow out of this kind of good versus evil portrayal of the world in their mid 20s.Published on May 11, 2010 by SH
Thanks to Robert Kennedy for his immaculately researched book, and his tireless desire to inform the public and save the planet.Published on April 1, 2009 by Rachel Salzman
This book will give the reader a deeper insight into the dealings of G. W. Bush and his corporate pals' greed and manipulation of America's resources and, thus, the hijacking of... Read morePublished on October 19, 2008 by Free Planet
The loathing our current Administration and its corporate powers have for the United States as exposed here will shock anyone believing they are "fighting for America" or have the... Read morePublished on June 28, 2008 by Brett Williams
If you are passionate about our "commons", this book is for you. Under George W. Bush, our natural resources are for sale to the highest bidder with the profits going to the... Read morePublished on January 8, 2008 by Stephen Hoag