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Hard green : saving the environment from the environmentalists : a conservative manifesto
Huber, Peter W. (Peter William), 1952-
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Basic Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxxi, 224 pages ; 25 cm
Reading Level:
1590 Lexile.
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This book sets out the case for Hard Green, a conservative environmental agenda. Modern environmentalism, Peter Huber argues, destroys the environment. Captured as it has been by the Soft Green oligarchy of scientists, regulators, and lawyers, modern environmentalism does not conserve forests, oceans, lakes, and streams - it hastens their destruction. For all its scientific pretension, Soft Green is not green at all. Its effects are the opposites of green.This book lays out the alternative: a return to Yellowstone and the National Forests, the original environmentalism of Theodore Roosevelt and the conservation movement. Chapter by chapter, Hard Green takes on the big issues of environmental discourse from scarcity and pollution to efficiency and waste disposal. This is the Hard Green manifesto: Rediscover T.R. Reaffirm the conservationist ethic. Expose the Soft Green fallacy. Reverse the Soft Green agenda. Save the environment from the environmentalists.

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Library Journal Review

Huber, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has written an ultraconservative manifesto aimed at exposing the fallacies of soft green environmental policy and reinvigorating the conservationalist ethic of Theodore Roosevelt. In his introduction, he outlines the difference in thought between Hard and Soft Greens in four important areas; Part 1 surveys the present and future of environmental issues from a capitalist green perspective, and the final section sets forth a conservative environmental platform, with regard to scarcity, pollution, politics, and ethics. A strong believer in free markets, Huber argues throughout that Soft Green modeling results in prescriptions akin to alchemy. His choice of language in differentiating between the advocates of a liberal philosophy vs. a conservative viewpoint is often abrupt and some what offensive, e.g., "rough riders" vs. "wonks," and he tends to generalize from a few examples and a limited bibliography. But this book promises to encourage further debate among environmental policy makers. The paucity of conservative environmental writing prevents comparison of this book to similar titles. Recommended for larger academic libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Huber (fellow, Manhattan Institute) offers a conservative counterpoint to the dominant paradigms in the American environmental movement. His insight and opinion are applied to two variations of modern environmentalism--Soft Greens and Hard Greens. Soft Greens epitomize mainstream environmental ideology and rely on the polemics of efficiency, "debatable" science, and government intervention. Hard Greens (the author's preference) seek solid scientific answers where applicable, and rely on the market and wealth (personal or societal) to address issues such as overcrowding, disease, energy, and pollution. Further distinctions are that Soft Greens adopt their perspective in terms of scarcity and crisis, while Hard Greens see no limits to population growth but rather limits to green space and wilderness. Soft Greens are antitechnology and see everywhere market externalities that can be corrected by government regulations. Hard Greens see technology as a "Save the Earth" strategy, place humans first, and recognize the power of the free market and the economic limits to cleaning up every last molecule of "pollution." Each chapter offers an editorial that provides an alternative perspective for the general public and may promote debate in an upper-division undergraduate or graduate setting. D. Ostergren; Northern Arizona University

Table of Contents

The Rough Rider and the Wonkp. xi
Part I What Is and What Will Be
1 Scarcity: Malthus on a Chipp. 3
2 Externality: Pollution on a Chipp. 17
3 Complexity: Gaia and the Sandpilep. 37
4 Efficiency: The Fat of the Landp. 57
5 Eschatology: From Malthus to Faustp. 77
Part II Capitalist Green
6 The Conservative Communep. 87
7 Save the Earthp. 101
8 Privatizing Pollutionp. 119
9 The Limits to Growthp. 139
10 Ethics in the Green Lifeboatp. 159
11 The Limits of Certitudep. 175
A Conservative Environmental Manifestop. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 205
Notesp. 207
Indexp. 211