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World on fire : saving an endangered earth
Mitchell, George J. (George John), 1933-
Publication Information:
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, [1991]

Physical Description:
viii, 247 pages ; 25 cm
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Booklist Review

Senate majority leader George Mitchell worked for 13 years to get a clean-air bill passed. He knows, intimately, the frustration of trying to turn the tide of environmental destruction. The proponents of business as usual, including President Bush, dominate. Few want to come to terms with the frightening facts about what Mitchell calls the "four dark phenomena--all creations of man--a figurative Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding over today's world environment." They are: the greenhouse effect, ozone depletion, deforestation, and acid rain. Mitchell has done his homework, reeling off page after page of data about the consequences of these scourges. He has also investigated the solutions and concludes that while they are difficult, they are do-able. He refutes the we-can't-afford-it argument with a jolting comparison of the astronomical costs of military security to the lesser costs of environmental security. It is a relief to find a member of Congress so knowledgeable and articulate on these preeminent issues. Sources; index. ~--Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

As chairman of the Committee on Environmental Protection, Senate majority leader Mitchell (D., Maine) has sponsored much of the antipollution legislation. Here, writing with Christian Science Monitor correspondent Waugh, he reviews recognized environmental threats: destruction of the ozone layer, acid rain, depletion of rainforests. The book discusses the rising price of energy, the political impact of global climate change and population growth as factors to deforestation. This is familiar ground to readers informed about the greenhouse effect and global pollution. But the book goes on to explore and define the U.S. role in conservation strategies--military vs. environmental spending, energy-saving practices, etc. Mitchell notes that he is wary of nuclear power because of its cost, safety and disposal problems; he is critical of the Bush administration's lip service to environmental protection. Here is a senator prepared to act, as verified in this eloquent plea to save our planet. Photos. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

This authoritative, informative, essentially jargon-free, and succinctly argued discourse focuses on a new set of "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," namely, the greenhouse effect, acid rain, the rift in the stratospheric ozone layer, and the destruction of tropical rain forests. After a compelling iteration of the long pull to pass a revised and updated Clean Air Act, there follows a description of the status, causes, and potential future courses of each of these four overarching environmental concerns, exacerbated by a burgeoning world population, which is discussed as the Fifth Horseman. The second half of the book focuses on saving the planet through rallying the world, under US leadership, to address globally, in developed as well as developing countries, what must be done to assure a healthier planet in the 21st century. Without resorting to polemic, Mitchell nonetheless correctly faults the decade-long failure of the US to address major environmental matters legislatively within the nation and globally via international conventions. The book joins a substantial number in its genre, but it is distinguished by the challenges leveled by Mitchell, the majority leader of the US Senate. An adequate index; appropriate bibliography; no illustrations. All levels of readers. -E. J. Kormondy, University of Hawaii at Hilo