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Environmental Gore: A Constructive Response to Earth in Balance Hardcover – January 25, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0936488783 ISBN-10: 0936488786 Edition: First Edition

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This collection of essays purports to offer an alternative vision of the state of the global environment to that presented by Vice President Al Gore in his best-selling Earth in the Balance (LJ 1/92), but in large part the book fails to deliver on its promise. Inevitably with a collection of this nature, the constituent essays are of uneven quality. The strongest entries focus on the economics of Gore's solutions and offer market-based alternatives. The contributions by Robert Hahn (American Enterprise Institute) and Gus di Zerega (Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment) are noteworthy, with di Zerega's easily the most provocative in the book. Many of the other essays offer weak, unsubstantiated attacks on Gore's work and make the entire book much less than the sum of its parts. For most libraries, this will be a marginal purchase.
Randy Dykhuis, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Pacific Research Institute; First Edition edition (January 25, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936488786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936488783
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,147,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a book about environmental issues written by scientists! I like to base my opinions on facts, and this book gave me the facts needed to develop an informed opinion about some of today's environmental issues. Everyone should read this book.
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At the time this book was published in 1994, editor John A. Baden was chairman of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment. This book was collected in response to (then-Vice President) Al Gore's book, Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. The Preface notes, "Many of us are impressed that a contemporary American politician can actually write an important book that is taken seriously... we give him credit for that achievement. Yet, we have found his book to be severely flawed on both scientific and political economy grounds." The book contains fourteen essays on Gore's book; Climate Issues; Resource Issues; and a concluding section, "Toward Real Reform."

One essay asserts that "There may be a case for regulating population in the interest of preserving or enhancing local or global environmental assets. Vice President Gore does not make that case, however... There is a strong case to be made that global problems are not receiving adequate attention, and Mr. Gore makes it... (but his) solutions are not convincing..." (Pg. 34-35) Another essay charges that "While Senator, Mr. Gore also failed to vote his environmental conscience on many issues where his interest in reelection evidently dominated." (Pg. 56)

Another essayist suggests that global warming effects can be due to overgrazing and desertification, and have nothing to do with the buildup of greenhouse gases; "there is certainly no guarantee that all (or any) of the warming has been forced by the known buildup of greenhouse gases." (Pg.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Fortier on November 30, 2007
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No such thing as a perfect book, but this one is VERY good. Wanders a bit, as it has more than a few contributors. History of the so-called (and mythical) `consensus', analysis of Gore's work that can almost be as painful to read as Gore's work itself, but on the whole, well worth having.
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5 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
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Writting a book based upon exagerated assumptions, Al Gore humiliating enviormentalist, such as myself, making us appears as deranged uneducated alarmists. He states that: "The most lasting impact of biotechnology on the food supply may come not from something going wrong, but from all going right...we're far more likely to accidentally drown ourselves in a sea of excess grain."
Someone must whack Al Gore back to reality and ask: The World population expected to double in 20 yrs, how else can we support so many people?
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