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A Poverty of Reason: Sustainable Development and Economic Growth Paperback – September 1, 2002
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"Anyone who believes that sustainable development is a meaningful intellectual construct needs to read this clear and concise book." -- Robert Nelson, professor of public affairs, University of Maryland
"Sustainable development has become a shield for special-interest arguments. Beckermans careful critique points out [its] crucial ethical and economic shortcomings." -- P.J. Hill, chair of economics, Wheaton College
"We now have an excellent book which carefully examines [the philosophical and scientific underpinnings of sustainable development.]" -- Donald H. Stedman, professor of chemistry, University of Denver
"Wilfred Beckerman brings wisdom and wit to his examination of major themes found in todays environmental policy." -- Bruce Yandle, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics, Clemson University
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It is much the same with the term "Sustainable Development." Beckerman understands full well what it means despite his lawyerly attacks on other writer's attempts to define it. God help us if Beckerman had been participating when the countries founders declared "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" to be rights of man. Had he been alive, he would have attributed all of the ills of society in his day to ambiguity of the word "Happiness".
The fact there is disagreement about a concept's meaning does not make the concept any less valuable. Beckerman should choose the join the debate rather than attacking the debate itself. I found his ideas on climate change to be one of the more reasonable chapters, not because I agree with his conclusion, but because he actually offered an opinion of his own and suggested a policy to fit it.Read more ›
know that there is a definite lack (poverty) of reason. Sadly this book does
a very mediocre job of explaining why.
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Will economic growth deplete the natural resources on which it depends? Are we in danger of running out of energy sources? Read morePublished on November 21, 2005 by Kenneth F. Anderson
Though it is unorthodox to do so, I believe I need to respond to Mr. Balfour's review because he appears to misunderstand the purpose of Prof. Read morePublished on November 19, 2003 by Mr. Thomas A. Firey