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Challenging the myths that aggressive environmental protections necessarily undermine the American economy and that corporate America must oppose progressive environmental policies, MacArthur ("genius award") fellow Goldstein aims for the middle ground in this pragmatic, heavy-going effort. The energy program director for the National Resource Defense Council, Goldstein favors didactic analysis and footnote-buttressed assertion over illustrative anecdote—though a paragraph about his kitchen redesign, which used reflected rather than directed light to make reading cookbooks easier while cutting energy use by 95%, does add a personal touch. For general readers, the book's most accessible section recounts the success of energy efficiency mandates and technological advances, such as light-emitting diodes used in traffic and Christmas tree lights; smaller, more efficient air conditioning units that comply with 1992 nationwide standards; and refrigerator redesigns forced by regulations starting in 1977 that have cut the cost of a new fridge in half. "If business and environmentalists work together... we can improve competitiveness and growth while we make the world a place we can leave to our grandchildren with a sense of pride," Goldstein concludes. (Feb.)
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About the Author

David B. Goldstein's poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies throughout North America, including The Paris Review, The Malahat Review, filling Station, CV2, Epoch, Harp & Altar, Jubilat, 6x6, and Octopus. His first chapbook, Been Raw Diction, was published by Dusie Press in 2006. As a literary critic, food writer, and translator, he has published on a wide range of subjects, including Shakespeare, contemporary poetry, translation, cannibalism, philosophies of food, and the politics of Martha Stewart. His first book of criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare's England, is due out this fall. His translations from Italian poetry appear in The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, among other publications. LAWS OF REST (BookThug, 2013) is his first full-length book of poetry. Goldstein lives with his family in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor of English at York University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bay Tree Publishing (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972002162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972002165
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,459,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By doomsdayer520 HALL OF FAME on July 2, 2007
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This is a very frustrating book. David Goldstein gets high marks for his groundbreaking ideas on energy efficiency, but he damages his insights with atrocious writing and research methods. First for the good news. Goldstein bridges the gaps between environmentalists and business interests by ruthlessly debunking the myths that keep both sides from talking to the other. These myths prevent not just understanding, but policies that can both protect the environment and enhance profits. All sides could win if it wasn't for their political ideologies and misperceptions of the other's motivations. Goldstein also illuminates the weaknesses of fundamental economic theory, politicized beliefs in free markets, and opposition to government regulations. Energy efficiency technologies and incentives can clearly bridge these political chasms.

Now for the bad news. The structure and style of this book indicate that Goldstein can't decide who is audience is. Most of the text is addressed to environmentalists and business leaders, but in the introduction Goldstein for some reason tries to please a limited academic audience by claiming that professorial literature on his subject matter is prohibitively scarce. Not only does this alienate 99% of Goldstein's audience, but it's also an insincere apology because there has been plenty of academic research on most of the topics here. It's just outside of economics, the discipline that Goldstein almost exclusively cites (and criticizes). For instance, political economy and critical legal studies are loaded with research on the weaknesses and failures of classical economic theory, but none of it is acknowledged by Goldstein in his misguided attempts to build his own theory.
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The documented theme of David B. Goldstein's "Saving Energy, Growing Jobs: How Environmental Protection Promotes Economic Growth, Competition, Profitability And Innovation" is that those who maintain that the public the government, and the business community, must choose between a healthy environment and a healthy economy is a false choice. Goldstein persuasively presents the view that well-conceived local, state, and federal environmental regulations will create more jobs in the local, state, and federal economies than they will eliminate. An additional benefit is that sound environmental policies will effectively spur the creation of more efficient designs and less expensive products by the regulated industries. "Saving Energy, Growing Jobs" profiles the unexpected success of early energy regulations; reveals how markets actually work and how they fail; exposes the myths of both the environmentalists and the anti-environmentalists; provides a practical model for well-designed environmental policies; and offers guidelines for transforming the current national political debate with respect to environmental regulation to deal with everything from climate change, to pollution controls, to joint international efforts for environmental protections. Of special note are Goldstein's proposals for implementing a combination of incentives and regulations to speed the process of developing sound and effective environmental policies and practices. "Saving Energy, Growing Jobs" is an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, professional supplemental reading lists, as well as corporate, governmental, academic, and community library Environmental Studies and Economic Studies reference collections.
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This book has been written in 2007. At the time, it was a vision. Today, this is reallity!

I liked Mr. Goldstein's point of view. He brings new ideas and this gentleman knows a lot about both sides of the story: Business and Environment. If you are looking for good tools to help you in a industry/environment discussion, here you are.

This is a very good book if you would like to understand the World of Energy and how to bring solutions to some problems with facts.

I highly recommend it
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This is the book for all those who believe that Americans aren't smart enough to choose which light bulb is right for them. It's also the book for those who believe the "masterminds" are better in ordering our society than the allowing the people the freedom to choose, and for the market to determine winners and losers.
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