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The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don't Want You to Know About--Because They Helped Cause Them Hardcover – April 22, 2008
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Al Gore is bad for the planet...
Talk about really inconvenient truths--that's one of the many you'll find in Iain Murray's rollicking exposé of environmental blowhards who waste more energy, endanger more species, and actually kill more people (yes, that's right) than the environmental villains they finger. Did you know that estrogen from birth control and "morning after" pills is causing male fish across America to develop female sex organs? Funny how "pro-choice" and "environmentalist" liberals never talk about that. Or how about this: the Live Earth concert to "save the planet" released more CO2 into the atmosphere than a fleet of 2,000 Humvees emit in a year? We hear a lot about AIDS in Africa, but the number one killer of children in much of Africa is malaria--and guess who was responsible for banning the pesticide that used to have malaria under control? Iain Murray, a sprightly conservative environmental analyst with a long record of skewering liberal hypocrisy, has dug up seven of the all-time great environmental catastrophes caused by the Left and exposed them in The Really Inconvenient Truths. Murray lays bare:
* How ethanol, the liberals' favorite fuel, is destroying the world's rainforests--and could cause global food shortages
* How Al Gore's hero Rachel Carson cost the lives of millions of Africans through her efforts to ban DDT
* How the environmentalists have covered up the polluting effects of contraceptive and chemical abortion drugs
* How the Endangered Species Act actually endangers species
* How Gore's vision of greater state control over the economy has already produced some of the greatest environmental disasters in history
All of us want a planet with clean air and clean water, vibrant forests, healthy animal populations, and glorious open space. But liberal environmentalists aren't the ones to deliver it. In fact, they've made the planet worse, while old-fashioned property rights, unpopular hunters, and the innovative engine of capitalism have made it better. The facts are all here, in a book that Al Gore would rather burn than read.
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"Ever wonder about the story of the Cuyahoga River catching fire in Cleveland? Or the accuracy of Rachel Carson's dire warnings about DDT? Or the systematic attempt to discredit prominent scientists who question that there is a significant man-made impact on global temperatures? If you care about the environment, Iain Murray's book is a valuable resource. Murray's book questions politically correct myths that endanger both the environment and public safety."
--JOHN R. LOTT, economist and author of Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't
"With detailed analysis and insight borne of his unique experience, Iain Murray reveals the consequences for which the `environmentalist' establishment--and their political and media enablers--have yet to be held accountable, too busy rushing off to once again wreak destruction in the name of another `greatest threat:' global warming. Murray's account almost makes one yearn for an international criminal court. Almost."
--CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER, bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to Global Warming and Environmentalism
"Iain Murray, again and again, demonstrates that the motivating passion for environmentalism is too often a desire for political control first and environmental improvement second. He has the keenest of eyes for spotting where science ends and utopianism takes its place--and rationally explaining why this is folly. Iain Murray understands and recounts in vivid detail that the control environmentalists seek is not only fool's gold, but is actually the fastest route to a less healthy environment and a poorer society. The only reliable guarantee for sustained environmental health is precisely the freedom and property rights so many environmentalists see as the cause of all our problems."
--JONAH GOLDBERG, bestselling author and editor-at-large, National Review Online
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Obviously the negative reviewers have their own reasons for not liking the book when they 'claimed' to read this book and proceeded to call much of the writing opinion based with ad hominem attacks. Then they proceeded with their own ad hominem attacks (and per the structure described in this very book) claimed falshoods and stuck to their guns to the last bitter sentence.
Having information that challenges your views isn't comfortable so normally I would look for a book that presents both sides of an argument. With the mainstream media dominance that clearly leans toward the eco alarmist side of every topic this is nearly impossible. So now entire books must be written with evidence against the mainstreams argument as the pro side is entirely over covered and saturates nearly all new information.
For the intellectually honest among us, this book is a good read and presents facts that can be checked to confirm our beliefs or to check that our beliefs may be wrong and challenge ourselves to self reflect.
(1) Global Warming & Al Gore. Although Gore and the media claim there is general scientific consensus on global warming and that the warming is due to man's intervention, that statement is false. At the time of this review (12/08), there is evidence that the aveage world temperature has been increasing about a degree per century, but there is no irrefutable evidence that this is coming from any actions of man. (See Solomon, "The Deniers") Al Gore is making millions with his propaganda efforts to panic the American population with a doomsday scenerio that cannot be supported by scientific evidence. Sounds like a scurrilious politician to me.
(2) The banning of DDT based on the propaganda work by Rachel Carson reversed the control of malaria and other diseases that had been achieved by the 1960s, and tens of millions of humans have died as a result. This is well-trodden ground, fully supportable by scientific evidence, but has not been reversed due to the environmental lobby. Even worse, Carol Browder, Clinton's head of the EPA, even banned Diazinon, the most effective controller of ticks and other pests since DDT, and now Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Fever are exploding in the US. One can argue that environmentalists are abject racists in seeking to ban the effective control of malaria in Africa, not caring about the people there because they are black, but I invite them to come to my ranch and spend a week outside. They will be bitten from one to five times by ticks, and I would like to see their lily-white, elitist reaction when they realize the possibility that they contracted Lyme disease.
(3) Ethanol. The problem of burning food for energy instead of eating it for survival is covered extremely well. As a cattle rancher (horrors, I raise animals for FOOD!), I see the rise in the price of corn due to its diversion into a source for ethanol. Using ethanol in place of gasoline will cause widespread hunger throughout the Third World, but again, environmentalists are not concerned since they are all yellow, brown or black anyway and we need to start lowering the population. (When will the 3rd World wake up and see what is going on?)
(4) Contraception pollutants: Estrogen released into the water is drastically altering animal reproduction. Again, this is based on solid evidence, but totally ignored by environmentalists who see this as a by-product of the wonman's right to control her own body and enjoy sex whenever she desires. OK, I understand the issue, but why can't we talk about it? Oh, I forgot, one doesn't point out the "unintended consequences."
(5) Yellowstone & Forest Fire Control. We have gone back and forth on the issue of fighting fires or allowing nature to take its course. However, allowing the forests to build up extensive amounts of underbrush and then attempting a "controlled burn" is a recipe for disaster. And so it has proved. Particularly when the Government bans logging or the cutting of fire control roads and the like. The moral: government management is worse than private ownership and management. Again, the evidence is irrefutable.
(6) The Cuyahoga River on fire. This is the weakest of the cases, but the fire happened because the State of Ohio issued permits for dumping into the river over the objections of the local Clevelanders. Cleveland had already taken steps to clean up the river (and Lake Erie), but higher government intervention brought about the debacle. The moral here is that the more remote a government is from the scene, the less effective it is (for example, FEMA.) So why are we attempting to interject the Federal Government into everything?
(7)Endangered Species. Yep, this Act has had a host of unintended consequences, all bad, and the entire idea is probably so badly flawed as to be unworkable. In many cases, the Government's right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing, and ecologically insignificant insects and animals are considered much more important than human beings. Have you ever noticed how animal rights activitists love animals but hate people? (Other people, of course.)
(8) State Planning (Communism) At Work. The case is about the disappearance of the vast majority of the Aral Sea on the altar of state planning. Once again, the actions of a powerful government, unstoppable by local individuals, wreaked an ecological disaster.
So the answer? Return the land to the people through local control and private ownership. Oh, I forgot (& here's where the liberals come in), liberals and environmentalists always know what is best for us, and their answer is always another federal agency or government regulation. Welcome to fuddle, muddle, and catastrophy.
This is an excellent book and should be required reading in all American high schools.