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Trashing the Planet: How Science Can Help Us Deal With Acid Rain, Depletion of the Ozone, and Nuclear Waste (Among Other Things) Paperback – March 1, 1992


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  • Series: Among Other Things
  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Perennial (March 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060974907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060974909
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some of the authors' major premises are that nuclear power is a safe and cheap source of energy; that acid rain is a vastly exaggerated problem; that chemical pesticides are not as dangerous as they have been made out to be; and that worry over the ozone hole is just an environmental scare tactic. Ray, a marine biologist, former chair of the Atomic Energy Commission, and Washington's governor when Mount St. Helens erupted, has a long history of offending conservationists, and most of this book, written with Guzzo, a writer and adviser to Ray during her governorship, is a recitation of statistics and research studies that prove her points. This recitation makes the book tedious, and it is troubling that there are no footnotes or bibliography. A researcher could spend weeks trying to search out the studies mentioned. Nevertheless, libraries may want this as an alternative to the growing mass of green literature.
- Sue McKimm, Cuya hoga Cty. P.L., Cleveland
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

DIXY LEE RAY (1914-1994) was a marine biologist. In 1973 she was appointed by Richard Nixon to chair the US Atomic Energy Commission, and was the first and only woman to do so.

LOU GUZZO is one of the most prolific writers of his day. Because of his penchant for writing, friends have dubbed Guzzo as a modern-day ''Grandpa Moses of Literature.'' --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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37 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Shawn M. Warswick on February 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
I first came across this book in 1994 when I was a liberal leaning college student concerned with the environment. I am now a conservative college graduate concerned with the environment, and this book had much to do with my transformation. Dixy Lee Ray is a breath of fresh air speaking on a subject many of us are ill-informed on.
If you are concerned with the environment, you will find much in this book that interests you (as long as you can handle truth). Miss Ray debunks much of the dogma the enviro-nazis shove down the publics throat. She takes on the issues of global warming, ozone depletion, nuclear medicine, acid rain and others. Using scientific methods (something the leftist leaning environmental zealots ignore because they fear the outcome of true scientific discovery) she intelligently and unemotionally discusses how water is naturally acidic; the benefits of x-rays and other advances in radiation therapy; the benefits of pesticides in our ability to grow more food using less labor and land.
Throughout her book Ray uses the statistics and predictions of the environmental movement's leaders against them to show how out of touch with reality and normal society they are. A Stanford University Biologist, Paul Ehrlich is quoted as predicting global famine in 1985 and a shrinking of the US population from 250 million to 22.5 million by 1999. Here is another quote, "Paul Watson, founder of Greenpeace: 'I got the impression that instead of going out to shoot birds, I should go out and shoot the kids who shoot birds.'"
The list goes on and on. The best part of the book is the final chapter, in which Ray presents a sound and logical formula for having both a clean environment and a technologically advanced society. This book should be read by all high school seniors so they can understand the truth about the environment rather than the dogma they are spoon feed in public schools and the liberal media.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian T. Stuart on August 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a good starting point for those who want to research environmental issues and not get distracted by the hype. It provides many resources and provides good leads. It is also an easy read for those who don't have a scientific back ground.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Spencer on June 9, 2000
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This book takes a cold hard analytical look at some of the biggest scares of our time. It then shows us the real impact of these issues. It even shows how simple the remedies to them can be when politicians and some scientists aren't trying to shake us down for more funding for issues that don't need major funding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By oswaldo villena on May 17, 2013
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This is one of the few Audio CDs I got it. It shows you a different perspective of environmental sciences and politics.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RagnarsRepos on April 9, 2009
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There have been, and are, many qualified voices to speak about the insignificance of man's effect, or ability to effect, climate change. Dixie Lee Ray was one of them.

Dixie Lee Ray was one of the first significant voices to shine the light of reality on the junk science being manufactured to push political goals. I recommend her 1990 book: 'Trashing The Planet'. As might be expected, she was the subject of frequent attacks in an attempt to discredit her claims. Who was Dixie Lee Ray?

She was the 17th Governor of Washington State, the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (under Nixon), a Ph.D marine biologist and professor at the University of Washington, chief scientist aboard the Stanford research ship Te Vega on the International Indian Ocean Expedition, director of the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Assistant Secretary of State for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs. During her lifetime she had received many awards and honors, including the Clapp Award in Marine Biology (1958), the Frances K. Hutchinson Medal for Service in Conservation (1973), the United Nations Peace Medal (1973), and the Francis Boyer Science Award (1974). She was awarded 20 honorary degrees from colleges and universities around the country.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Patrick on January 27, 2013
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A must read, especially for those who think they know it all!
EPA enthusiasts will hate it. It blasts too many myths!
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25 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tom Holtom on April 9, 2001
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I have read Trashing the Planet by Dr. Dixie Lee Ray several times. This book should be required reading for introductory classes on the environment in both high school and college - however, that will never happen. The leftist environmental movement does not want anyone to read this book - it is concise, well researched, thoroughly footnoted, and, I feel, gives an accurate report on the status of humans and their impact on the environment. I recently sent copies of this book to President George W. Bush and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News to help them understand what they are up against.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John A. Shanahan on July 12, 2009
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There is a middle way between wanton destruction of the environment and self-serving greed on the one side and abandoning technological advances that benefit mankind in the name of going back to primeval nature without mankind's beneficial inventions on the other side.

This middle way is described in Dixy Lee Ray's book, TRASHING THE PLANET. Her book should be read by all high school and university students, and by people in government at all levels.
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