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No Turning Back: Dismantling the Fantasies of Environmental Thinking Hardcover – June 1, 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465051189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465051182
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Science writer and environmentalist Kaufman ( The Beaches Are Moving ) fires broadsides at the environmental movement, which, he argues, has become a religion that ignores the basic principles of science, economics and human nature. Noting that American history has been dominated by the challenge to master and manage nature, he asserts, "the only way to maintain a balance in nature is through sophisticated, often high-tech intervention, such as managing the flow of the Mississippi River or building earthquake-proof skyscapers." Among his targets are programs sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Endangered Species Act, the premises of Al Gore's Earth in the Balance and various recycling programs. In this stimulating volume, Kaufman discusses new technologies and suggests that private enterprises are not necessarily anti-environment and can be beneficial as a resource.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Science writer Kaufman, who has served as president of two state-level environmental groups, purports that the environmental movement, like any large movement, has become a large machine, a large system of power with its own agenda, which includes controlling versions of the truth. The author identifies with other "recovering" environmentalists who report that internal politics has given those in the movement an irrational view of the world. Kaufman flails a lot in his writing and often doesn't lead the reader through his arguments, especially in the first part of the book. He generalizes too often for all environmentalists, and he could have used a good course in rhetoric. But the later chapters have less hyperbole and are more coherent and readable, and his thesis is one that should be debated. For larger environmental collections.
Diane M. Fortner, Univ. of California Lib., Berkeley
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In the early 1990s Wallace Kaufman saw clearly that the environmental movement had become a fanatical religious cult worshiping Mother Earth. Over that past five years that reality has become clear to everyone except the most radical environmentalists.

The economy and the poorest people on this planet would be much better off if more people had listened to No Turning Back.

I read this book originally in 1994 and I recently bought another copy to remind myself of how accurate it was. For the contemporary reader, the biggest value of No Turning Back is to remind them to examine every outrageous claim carefully and not get sucked in by peer pressure.
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