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Eco-Sanity: A Common-Sense Guide to Environmentalism Paperback – June 1, 1996


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  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Madison Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156833057X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568330570
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,002,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Bast is president and CEO of The Heartland Institute, a 30-year-old national nonprofit research center located in Chicago, Illinois. Among the nation's state elected officials, The Heartland Institute is among the best-known and most highly regarded "think tanks."

Bast is the author or editor of 21 books, including Rebuilding America's Schools (1990), Why We Spend Too Much on Health Care (1992) Eco-Sanity: A Common-Sense Guide to Environmentalism (1994) Education & Capitalism (2003), Climate Change Reconsidered (first volume, 2009; second volume, 2011), and The Patriot's Toolbox (2010, rev. ed. 2011).

His writing has appeared in Phi Delta Kappan, Economics of Education Review, Independent Review, Journal of Private Enterprise, The Cato Journal, Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, USA Today, and many of the country's largest-circulation newspapers. He has been profiled in feature articles appearing in Nature, The Nation, and E&E News.

Bast is publisher of three monthly newspapers sent to every national and state elected and thousands of opinion leaders. Those publications are titled School Reform News, Environment & Climate News, and Budget & Tax News.

Bast has been recognized many times for his contributions to public policy research and debate, including being named one of "The 88 to Watch in 1988" by the Chicago Tribune and being awarded the 1994 Roe Award from the State Policy Network, the 1996 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award, the 1998 Eagle Award from Eagle Forum, and the 2004 Champion of Liberty Award from the Libertarian National Committee. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Paul E. Patton in 1996, elected a member of the Philadelphia Society in 2002, and elected to the board of directors of the American Conservative Union in 2007.

Bast started The Heartland Institute while a senior at The University of Chicago. (He plans to return someday to take the two courses he needs to graduate.)

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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steven Yates on January 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book, out now for almost nine years, has never received the attention it deserves. Bast, Hill and Rue survey the major tendencies among radical environmentalists--"greens"--and have produced the most objective evaluation I've yet to run across that ought to be accessible to the nonspecialist. In fact, considering the scope and complexity of their subject matter, it is amazing that they have produced so brilliantly written and accessible an account of where the human race really stands vis a vis the natural environment.
Guess what? We're not killing the planet!
Bast, Hill and Rue survey air and water quality, forests, global warming, ozone depletion, solid wastes and acid rain among other environmental topics. Bast, Hill and Rue succeed in showing that few if any of the hysterics coming from environmentalist circles are really warranted. The best scientific evidence we have tells us, for example, that our air and water supplies are getting cleaner, not dirtier. Total air pollution emissions in the U.S. today are much lower than they were in 1940, and lower than they were in the 1960s and 1970s. Water quality has shown equivalent improvements. Likewise, there are more acres of forest in the U.S. today than anytime since the 1950s. Regarding global warming, the evidence of a phenomenon that can be traced to human industrial activity is nowhere near as decisive as both the "greens" and the major media would have us believe. Average temperatures fluctuate across the globe for a variety of reasons, some of them too complex to determine exact causes, and we simply have not been keeping records for long enough to map out a direct cause-and-effect connection between warming temperatures and human industrial action.
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