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A Pocket Guide to Environmental Bad Guys: And a Few Ideas on How to Stop Them Paperback – February 1, 1998


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press; 1st edition (February 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560251530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560251538
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,731,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
In the dominant celebrity culture, explanations of societal phenomena that focus on institutions, laws and processes tend not to resonate with the public.
Increasingly, it seems, events and trends are understood and reported as the products of individuals: Bill Gates creates the computer revolution, Boris Yeltsin leads Russia to a purported democracy, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, flanked by Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan and Deputy Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers guide the world economy through turbulent times to a prosperous future.
Well, say reporters James Ridgeway and Jeffrey St. Clair, let's apply the personification-of-social-developments approach even-handedly. In A Pocket Guide to Environmental Bad Guys (New York: Thunder's Mouth Press), Ridgeway and St. Clair name names of the worst polluters, deforesters and despoilers of the wild, and the top lobbyists they employ to pass laws, gut regulations, broker deals and win tax breaks to legitimize their poisoning and destruction of the environment.
"You can focus on institutions and laws until you're blue in the face," Ridgeway says, but no one will pay attention.
"While there has been a plethora of books on how the environment is getting better," he says, in fact things are getting worse. And the way to grab people's attention is not by waving statistical trends on deforestation or global warming or any of a myriad of other environmental ills. People respond when they can put a human face on problems.
There's another reason to identify the "bad guys," Ridgeway says. "You need to know your enemy," Ridgeway explains. "How they operate, what they eat, what their styles" of doing business are. So who do Ridgeway and St.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. G. Hermach on March 16, 1999
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A Pocket Guide to Environmental Bad Guys is a sharply-written profile of how American liberty & justice and our planet is being killed off. Written by two top-notch investigative reporters, James Ridgeway of the Village Voice and Jeffrey St. Clair of CounterPunch, the book is filled with horrifying tales of eco-pillage and disturbing photos and graphics, including Dewer's profiles of corporate pirates such as Charles Hurwitz, butcher of American jobs and ancient redwoods, and Jim Bob Moffett, whose mining company, Freeport McMoRan, has been linked to human rights abuses in Indonesia.
Unlike most books on liberty or the environment, this one goes right for the throat, exposing the people and their chemical, nuclear, and extractive industries gouging the Earth and poisoning and killing our people. And how these robber barons manage to exercise their malignant corporate power through legions of lobbyists, lawyers, public relations hacks and corrupting political handouts.
St. Clair and Ridgeway not only rip the mask off of the corporations taking away liberty and justice, plunder the Earth, but their book is one of the first to expose the lame response of so many of the establishment's lapdog environmental groups. With Clinton and Gore's rise to power, big green groups, such as The Wilderness Society and the Sierra Club, went along for the ride, allowing the administration to get away with (or actually aiding and abetting) one shameful deal after another in exchange for coffee with Al Gore and a pat on the head.
But the story is not all doom and gloom. Ridgeway and St.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2001
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Here in northern Nevada we live in an ecological ruin, courtesy of the big mining companies, which have gouged out the mountains and poisoned what pass for rivers in these parts. But who owns these companies? And how do they keep getting away with it? This book will tell you. I was surprised to learn that one of the biggest mining companies in Nevada, American Barrick, was actually a Canadian company and the former President George Bush served on its board. And it's not just mining firms. This little book gives you the lowdown on big timber, the chemical firms and the oil giants. It names names, telling you who their lawyers and lobbyists are, how much money they sluice into the pockets of their favorite politicians and how many times they've been caught violating the law. An incredible bargain.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1999
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"A Pocket Guide to Environmental Bad Guys" (New York: Thunder's Mouth Press) by James Ridgeway and Jeffrey St. Clair
A Review by Michael Donnelly
The Earth isn't dying. It's being killed and the people doing the killing have names, faces and corporations they hide behind and we intend to tell you who they are and how they do it.
That about sums up the premise and promise of the new book, "Environmental Bad Guys" by James Ridgeway and Jeffrey St. Clair. And, in an easy to read format, the authors deliver.
Ridgeway and St. Clair dispense with the usual focus on political institutions and laws that define the nation's anemic Big Green cartel. Instead, they opt for direct exposure of the "loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires" and the lobbyists and "environmental" groups they handsomely pay to further their polluting, deforesting and otherwise despoiling of the Commons for private profit.
The corporate practice of Greenwashing comes in for some well needed exposure, as well. And, also exposed - the shameless efforts of Teflon Green groups who haul in millions of corporate dollars to ensure that the sludge sticks anywhere but to its creators.
The book doesn't just trot out the facts and the bad actors. It offers hope, as well. A major part of the book is highlighting the grass roots, responsible greens who are making a difference against huge odds. The book is subtitled, "and a Few Ideas on How to Stop Them."
Expect the roaches unaccustomed to the light of such a book to run for cover. They'll surely break out the counter attack with assaults on the authors from the Wise Use loonies on one hand to the house-broken "Greens" on the other. It behooves the average air-breathing, water-drinking citizen to read this book and further their own self-defense.
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