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3.0 out of 5 stars Apologia for corporate economics, January 3, 2012
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This review is from: The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans (Hardcover)
The book is meant to rebuke environmentalists who think corporate economic development may have environmental problems. The beginning chapters forcefully state environmental problems of biodiversity and climate change. Then the solutions include: A lot more nuclear reactors, pesticides, and genetic engineering. In case you thought Fukushima might cause one to think again about nuclear power, Lyas' answer is that it was all media hype, everything was really under control. And "experts say" genetic engineering is safe.
The underlying corporate technophile premise is that we should ramp up technology to give all future billions of humans the same lifestyle we have. Lots of luck with preserving biodiversity. And what other reason could there be for such a goal than corporate economic benefit? How could seemingly environmentalist National Geographic publish such a book? National Geographic is closely entwined with Rupert Murdoch's corporate conservative Newscorp--Newscorp owns 75% of NG's TV stations.
This book is probably worth reading for environmentalists. It could be our future, for as long as that lasts.
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