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Editorial Reviews


"This book is the first one I've seen that tells the truth and lays it on the line." --Patrick Moore, Greenpeace co-founder

Developing countries need to be free to make their own decisions how to improve their people's lives. Great book!" --CS Prakash, Professor of plant genetics, Tuskegee University

Eco-Imperalism provides terrific intellectual ammunition and is outstandingly written." --Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Toward Tradition

About the Author

Paul Driessen is a senior fellow with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Committee for A Constructive Tomorrow, and the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, which are nonprofit public policy institutes.During a 25-year career that included staff tenures with the United States Senate, Department of Interior and an energy trade association he has spoken and written frequently.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Merril Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939571234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939571239
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Rome on March 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
There is no greater way to underline the point of Paul Driessen's brilliant and meticulously foot-noted book than to read the review here that blindly criticizes it (from a brave anonymous reader). Just for a start the book and its message is endorsed by the man who FOUNDED Greenpeace - and that message is that the Radical Environmental movement has become so entrenched in dogma and a vision of a world without people that they summarily ignore the suffering, famine, disease, and death of millions.
These radical groups are incredibly well-funded, untaxed, and totally unaccountable. What's worse is that they flatly refuse to engage in any debate whatsoever. They expect their followers to toe the line or be immediately dismissed as corporate ghouls.
Driessen's review of their history and tactics is accurate, verifiable and horrifying. Anyone in politics, the media, or even the environmental movement itself ought to read this book and consider what it says. Driessen gives a voice, and a platform, to the people who are actually affected by decisions made by world bodies, NGO's, and pressure groups. What they speak is the truth as they live it - not conjecture from 2000 miles away.
Eco-Imperialism is a shocking, profound, and desperately needed account of what happens when the privileged Western world decides the fate of millions of people whom they never have to see or hear. Driessen sees, and hears, and shares it all.
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The premise of Paul Driessen's sobering 'Eco-Imperialism' is as straightforward as it is chilling: the increasingly radical agenda of the so-called green movement is stifling economic development in the third world and, worst, resulting in the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of millions. Is argument is presented with clarity and fact - as well fed affluent bureaucrats of the EU, the UN, the US, and any number of environmental protection groups force their unfounded radical views on developing nations, the basic steps in economic evolution to these nations are being denied, virtually eliminating any hope for improvement. Issues ranging from alternative energy source, genetically modified food, sweatshop labor, global warming and others are reviewed in enough detail to make the points, sparing the reader of the often endless graphs, charts, and minutia that often accompany books of this type. In an interesting twist, Driessen does not limit this criticism to the political bureaucrats and radical activists, but also points a finger at global corporations. On one hand, rather than standing up to the junk science and extreme positions of the radical green movement, most large corporations are simply rolling over, acquiescing to these economically dangerous demands. On the other hand, a number of corporations - most notably BP, to which Driessen delivers some well-deserved body blows - are allowing the Greens to play into their hands, duping the public into believing their pro-environmental purity, while in fact simply spinning clever PR smoke. BP, for example, would profit greatly from acceptance of the Kyoto accord through their natural gas business, while continuing to grow oil revenues and profit.Read more ›
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By A Customer on May 26, 2004
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Before reading this exceptional primer on the negative effects of modern environmentalism, I was clueless of the far-reaching costs that group's policies have had on the Third World. Driesen documents at length the effect radical environmentalism has had on Africa's struggling poor, who want nothing more than to benefit from the same energy sources and standard of living the First World takes for granted. He shows how DDT saved thousands of lives in Africa by protecting families from malaria, while radical Greens fought to eliminate the benign chemical because of a theoretical risk it posed to birds. When families were restricted from using the chemical on their huts in Africa, malaria deaths shot through the roof. Driesen lays the blame for those thousands of deaths at the doorstep of the Sierra Club and other like-minded groups who would rather maintain a politically correct notion of what good environmentalism is rather than save actual lives.
Driesen goes on to show how environmentalists keep the Third World populations in poverty by fighting against the use of traditional, affordable sources of energy like coal and fossil fuels. Instead, Greens think other sources like wind and solar should be the only option for these people, disregarding the fact that the technology is no where near advanced enough to provide the energy needs these populations need to pull themselves out of poverty. Ironically, it would take over 10,000 acres of windmills to generate the same amount of electricity a 2-3 acre fossil fuel plant produces. So much for "saving the land."
Driesen does not endorse using fossil fuels forever and ever amen.
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Driessen is a geologist and attorney who has had a long career in environmental issues. His exploits both within and without the Beltway have made him the bane of the Envirocult. In 2004 he published the book "Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death," a meticulously documented exposé on the worldwide green movement.

The central theme of "Eco-Imperialism" is that wealthy, comfortable activists from the Western countries have been fighting to strangle industrial development across the planet. In the West, it has been a terrible irritant, but in the Third World, and particularly Africa, it has been nothing less than a catastrophe. Driessen estimates that the annual death toll resulting from radical environmental advocacy is somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 million people.

One major cause of the carnage has been the crusade to prevent the use of DDT, the most effective and affordable agent known for combatting malaria. Deaths from this disease, which infects hundreds of millions of people, have been

"due in large part to near-global restrictions on the production, export and use of DDT. Originally imposed in the United States by EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus in 1972, the DDT prohibitions have been expanded and enforced by NGO pressure, coercive treaties, and threats of economic sanctions by foundations, nations and international aid agencies."

Another source of green mayhem has been the campaign to stop the use of genetically modified crops. The Envirocult has been tireless in its efforts to sabotage these promising new sources of food, thereby frustrating the hopes of the developing countries. Driessen reminds us of the famine in southern Africa in 2002, when the U.S. shipped 26,000 tons of corn to Zambia.
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