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Hard Green: Saving The Environment From The Environmentalists A Conservative Manifesto Paperback – November 23, 2000
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Huber is simply magnificent at debunking the myths of radical environmentalism. If you are a "true believer" or a fan of Brown, Carson, Capra, Colburn, etc. etc. this book is a must read. It will challenge you to go beyond the fundraising letters and newsletters that often constitute "research" for most environmentalists.
Huber's achievement, though, is compromised by two things. The first is noted by several other reviewers: a writing style that is often "flippant" and "strident," and the absence of source citations or other evidence of careful research and fact checking. Most of us would have preferred more footnotes and a more nuanced writing style.
The second shortcoming, not mentioned yet by other reviewers, is Huber's unexplained dismissal of free-market environmentalism (FME), an important new movement inside the environmental movement that calls for greater attention to sound science and market-based, rather than government-based, solutions to environmental problems.
Huber doesn't mention a single scholar who has been active in this field -- Terry Anderson, Richard Stroup, Jane Shaw, Fred Smith, Bruce Yandle, etc. Worse, he makes sweeping concessions to anti-market environmentalists on issues such as public goods that reflect little awareness of the current state of the debate.Read more ›
I don't have time to read everything that looks interesting. This I read and recommend to others.
"Hard Green" is primarily a book about morality, analysis and policy, not a debate about data. In the most persuasive part of his book, Huber, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, shows that computer models of complex systems, like global climate, are worthless.
The problem is not that our computers are too feeble to give us answers if we ask the right questions. The problem is that we do not know enough to ask meaningful questions.
Huber shows that, if even one feedback loop is missed or mis-sized, the models all end in catastrophe. When you get the same output no matter what the input was, that is not science.
It is anti-science, or, as Huber calls it, trans-science.
"Hard Green" covers a great deal of territory. While Huber uses logical analysis to demolish computer modeling, he uses historical experience to demonstrate, again convincingly, that the concepts of "sustainability" and "carrying capacity" are meaningless.
Thomas Malthus, 200 years ago, made the classic statement of carrying capacity. Since then, every limit anyone has proposed has been shattered. "No law of geophysics, biology, engineering or economics decrees: So far, but no farther," Huber writes.
But logical arguments mean little to the sizable segment of the SG movement that is frankly anti-rational. Huber has a challenge for these mystics, too.
The predictions of catastrophe have not come true, nor is there any evidence doomsday is close.Read more ›
To get the most out of Hard Green, you have to read what the Greens themselves are saying. Indeed, they may well be more effective critics of themselves than Huber is. A publication called 'Synthesis / Regeneration', a journal of Green political thought, spends its 48 pages without mentioning conservation or traditional environmental issues even once. Instead, laughable theories are created: We should eliminate all private business. No, we should let some private business operate, if they're small enough. No, we should only run worker-owned cooperatives. Every line item of production should be voted on by The People. No, they should vote on packages selected by politicians. These folks play lip service to having learned the lessons of the collapse of communism, but in the end, their prescription is little more than Soviet-style Communism with an environmental twist.
Huber's point is simple and clear: The world doesn't work as Greens want it to. A modern plutocrat car, the Mercedes-Benz S420, is safer, more fuel-efficient, faster and pollutes far, far less than the VW Microbus still driven by many Greens. A modern power plant pollutes less than burning trash in your backyard, as the Greens want you to do. Want to use solar or wind power? You'll have to clear thousands of acres of pristine forest to make room for the plants. Better to save the forests and get power from underground stuff like oil and uranium.
Finally, no, the world isn't running out of resources. Every time it threatens to, our capitalists go to work and find more. And on that unhappy day when they don't?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every donor to "environmentalist causes" should read this book. It is extensively documented and foot-noted so you can check out the claims made. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K. Coates
There are not enough books acknowledging that there is an environmental problem, but giving a realistic solution. The subtitle says it all, and this book delivers.Published on January 25, 2013 by Robman62
A more thorough and holostic approach to issue of solving societies and the worlds "commons" problems. Do not agree with everthing said, but it will make you think. RecommendedPublished on July 24, 2011 by Deadrock
It is ashame the media will not tell "the other" side of important issues like this and that the average person is not going to take the time to learn "the other" side. Read morePublished on December 4, 2010 by Mikethesearching
This book makes the point that modern environmentalism does not conserve the environment--it actually hastens its destruction. Read morePublished on December 24, 2008 by WHC
At times thoughtful, at times polemic, this book provides food for thought on many of the incoherent concepts/policies of environmentalists. Read morePublished on January 20, 2008 by masala chai
This is an intentionally provocative book from a politically conservative environmentalist. His core claim is that environmentalists should focus on preserving land and whole... Read morePublished on June 12, 2007 by Arthur Digbee
The happy message of Huber's book Hard Green is that "the only limits to how much food we can grow, energy we can extract, houses we can build, miles we can travel, pigs we can... Read morePublished on August 11, 2006 by Dean Smith
This book deserves five stars just for challenging the modern environmentalist orthodoxy that pervades much of popular culture. Read morePublished on June 22, 2006 by Garrett