Environmental insiders Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus triggered a firestorm of debate with their self-published essay, "The Death of Environmentalism". In this eagerly anticipated follow-up, the authors expand upon their argument that the paradigms driving the environmental movement and much of liberal politics are outdated and ineffective. A politics centered on restricting human growth and development, they point out, does not resonate with the primary concerns of either the developing world or insecure modern Americans: nor can it solve a problem as large and complex as global warming. What is needed instead, they argue, is a new kind of development, motivated by an optimistic vision of the future that integrates ecological, social, and economic change. By shifting from a politics of fear and limits to one of expansive possibility, they say, we can galvanize American creativity and enterprise to tackle our most pressing challenges.More
"'The Death of Environmentalism'...has provoked a civil war among tree-huggers for its assertion that 'modern environmentalism...must die so that something new can live.' Sad to say, the authors are right." (New York Times)
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A New Look at the Environment
Trojan horse for the free market
- William Shock