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Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism Is Hazardous to Your Health! Hardcover – November 28, 2006

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About the Author

John Berlau, former fellow in Economic Policy, is the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. A former Washington correspondent for Investor's Business Daily and investigative writer on the staff of Insight magazine, Berlau has also been a media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and has written for such publications as Reader's Digest, USA Today, USA Weekend, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Reason, the New Republic, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and RAZOR. In 2002, Berlau was awarded the Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism by the National Press Club. He lives in the Washington, DC area.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550675
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,825,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charles Bradley on November 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is basically a good book, but flawed in ways that will reduce its effectiveness.
Berlau argues that the modern environmental movement has harmed people. He is not
complaining that corporations are constrained in their greed. Rather, individual men,
women, and children are killed or harmed because of the actions of environmentalists.

Most of the rules he complains about were based on bad, even fraudulent science.
In the areas I'm familiar with, Berlau got the science mostly right. There are good notes
and references so you can check up on him, and on the people he relies on. I'm not going
to try to summarize the science as that would make this review too long.

A person can contract malaria several times during a lifetime. There are 300 to 500
million cases per year, and over 2 million deaths from malaria each year. Most of those
cases could be avoided by the use of DDT. There are no documented cases of anyone dying
from DDT or from a condition caused by DDT.

Asbestos is fireproof and reduces the flow of heat. Steel is not as strong when it is hot.
The World Trade Center towers were designed to withstand the impact of the largest
airliner of the day, a Boeing 707, and the resulting fire. The steel framework was to be
wrapped in asbestos. But then politics kept the asbestos out. With asbestos the towers
would have remained standing much longer, so more people could escape.

There is a mix of political influences in autos. Greens are not the only ones that apply
pressure for more expensive than necessary, less efficient than possible, less safe cars.

Trees are nice, and we have more of them than we had prior to the Civil War.
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Eco-Freaks is a must read if you honestly want alternative perspectives on environmentalism. Berlau shook up my thoughts what it means to be an environmentalist. Personally I focus on minimizing consumption, eco-friendly choices, and promoting a clean environment. While I love trees and have just renewed my Arbor Day Foundation membership, I have more freedom to enjoy fresh air and warm sunshine in the back yard. Humankind has and is altering the environment of the world daily. Did my American Indian ancestors have their way with the environment as much as they could? I definitely believe so. Before reading Eco-Freaks I was perplexed when visiting my extended family in Napoli. They were extremely grateful to see the death of their friends and family stop with the spraying of DDT when the US troops invaded the Italian peninsula during WWII. Did this save my wife's family from dying of Typhus? I can't imagine having the arrogance to tell the 25% of Neapolitan's dieing of Typhus during WWII that there might be longer term health risks so we can't help them. My father spent 2 years in the South Pacific during WWII. I can't image not saving my family and friends and the local population from Malaria without at least a critical debate. Given that the Gates foundation has listed Malaria as one of the top three health hazards in the world, shouldn't we at least critically review our stance? I hope that we can move to a level where we can have debates without labeling and marginalizing each others positions.

Berlau's insightful and down-to-earth writing style has me see that even the "greenest" environmentalist and the "worst" industrialist are more aligned than the "public debate" would have us think.
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Several reviews below are informative, correct but a bit long. Here's a quick overview. The Hoover Dam saves lives & prevents flooding. Environmentalists (Eco-Freaks) would like it blown up. There is no evidence DDT kills or even harms hardly anything. It can and has saved millions of lives. Eco-Freaks support it's ban. Asbestos is a fire prevention wonder and it's few negatives can easily be controlled. Eco-Freaks are against asbestos use. Trees put way more hydrocarbons in the atmosphere than cars. Eco-Freaks love trees and hate cars. The Netherlands has a wonder life-saving system of water & flood control. Eco-Freaks pursue lawsuits rather than allow a system like that to save lives in New Orleans. The book points out many other examples. Environmentalists are amazing in their consistent ability to be wrong on everything. Being stubbornly wrong in the face of mountains of contrary evidence propels them to honorary status with the liberal left. The brainlock that will not budge in the face of logic is the hallmark of the liberal left. The author presents the scientific backup that Eco-Freaks have chosen to ignore for decades. Here's hoping a few finally see the logic.
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Mr. Berlau has written a very informative expose of the environmentalists who are continuing to wreck havoc on the economy, health, and living standards of the United States and the world. Spcifically Berlau explains how the hard core environmentalists have banned DDT and help spread the vicious desease malaria to millions, stopped the use of abestos and added to the deaths from fire and the terror attack on the World Trade Center, place unreasonable restrictions on automobiles and automobile manufacturers, mismanaged forests and forest fire protection, and stopped dams and other means of flood control, thus causing the flooding of New Orleans during the Katrina hurricane. Berlau has a quite impressive rap sheet on the enviros.

Wisely, Mr. Berlau avoids discussing global warming. Instead he refers readers to the book Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years by Dennis Avery and S. Fred Singer. Thus Mr. Berlau does not have to repeat the arguments of Avery and Singer thru most of his book.

A particular sensational expose is of the politican and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt who wanted to do away with levees on the Missouri River. Babbitt ignorantly stated that no cities existed on the flood plain of the Missouri. In reality St. Louis, Kansas City, Jefferson City and smaller towns lie along the Missouri and are protected by levees. Babbitt demonstrates the pernicious wilfull ignorance found all too often in the environmental movement.

Plainly it is time the United States and the world faced up to the problem of environmental extremism.
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