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It is sad that many people will write it off out of closed-mindedness and intellectual intolerance. That we ought to consider the costs as well as the benefits of slowing economic growth to benefit the environment, or that some well-intentioned environmental policies have disastrous unintended consequences -- these and other ideas in the book cut against the dogma accepted by the popular press and the education establishment.
Contrary to what some of the other reviews tell us, the logic and scientific authority in this book is impeccable, and the benefits of sound environmental policy do not go unremarked. (If you want poor logic and duplicitous omission of facts, go to Zero Population Growth -- I had the pleasure of attending one of their high-school workshops, and it was frightening indeed.)
Highly recommended. If you want your child to receive a more balanced view of enviromental iss! ues than he or she may be getting in school, or if you want a quick survey of those issues for yourself, look no further.
Naturally, environmentalists are quick to attack it, as they should--such applications of reason and sound judgement threaten their agenda.
The information is thoroughly cited: you won't find the vague references to mystery "sources" prevalent in environmentalist books.
If you're looking for a balanced approached to the environment, and you're not afraid of perhaps challenging some of your own beliefs, this book is a must read.
Well meaning environmentalists who display a weakness for alarmism actually do the cause of a grave disservice. When every problem from global warming to deforestation is a "crisis" of epic proportions, there is no way to judge which needs are most pressing. If every concern "threatens life on the planet," how do we make a rational judgement about which ones to address with our mental and financial resources? Sanera and Shaw help us figure out which environmental concerns will have the highest marginal return for remediation investment, surely a prerequisite for any meaningful environmental effort.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Don't worry be happy" might suffice as an attitude to get you through the day, but it is hardly a smart ideology with which to think about our environmental concerns. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Drkevin
I found a copy of this book in a used bookshop located in the main branch of the Memphis library. It was on a shelf with nonfiction books about childhood education. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Gary Bridgman
I wish I could rate this book even lower. I am an environmental educator, and I would NEVER use this book as a source of information. Read morePublished on April 1, 2009 by H. Mills
They claim to base their claims on scientific research however scientific research can be biased in itself. Read morePublished on November 22, 2006 by Holy Cross '07
Well researched, according to Sanera and Shaw, now means that you don't have to cite your sources. It means that one sentence claiming schools are creating "environmental... Read morePublished on October 21, 2002
This book highlights the other side of issues like Deforestation and Global Warming in a world where the mainstream media doesn't acknowledge that another side exists. Read morePublished on April 7, 2002
From The Nation: Facts, Not Fear leaves out that many of its experts have ties to right-wing corporations and corporate polluters. Read morePublished on December 24, 2001
This book is only good for those interested at how anti-environmentalists like to market their "ideas. Read morePublished on May 20, 2001 by Eric P. Perramond
This text provides a balanced view of what is actually happening in the environment. Despite dealing with technical subjects, the language is easy to understand. Read morePublished on April 7, 2001 by Anonymous