Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism

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Scholars, politicians, and activists worldwide are finally recognizing the severity of the global environmental crisis, yet serious threats to the environmental movement remain. Anti-environmentalists dismiss the very idea of a "crisis" as a mirage. Much less obvious, however, is the more subtle threat masquerading under the mantle of environmentalism itself. It is this threat that Green Delusions addresses. Writing from the standpoint of a committed environmentalist, Martin W. Lewis contends that many of the most devoted and strident "greens," those who propose a radical environmentalism, unwittingly espouse an ill-conceived doctrine that has devastating implications for the global ecosystem. In this book he distinguishes the main variants of eco-extremism, exposes the fallacies upon which such views ultimately flounder, and demonstrates that the policies advocated by their proponents would, if enacted, result in unequivocal ecological disaster. At once polemic and prescriptive, Green Delusions is an impassioned attempt to defend the environmental movement against extremist ideas that would lead to self-defeating political strategies.

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""Green Delusions" should be required reading for environmental advocates. If nothing else, it contributes to a frank discussion of issues that all too often break down into greener-than-thou posturing."--James Jay Gould, "The Progressive

""Lewis's argument is a goldmine of thoughtful assessments of a wide range of social reasoning in the modern environmentalist debate, and he incorporates texts that will probably be new to even the most well read of readers."--Timothy O'Riordan, "Nature

""Lewis's . . . tour through the radical environmental literature is well-informed, and his own case is provocative and nuanced."--Robyn Eckersley, "Times Higher Education Supplement""
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Written by a self-confessed ex-radical now espousing an eclectic "Promethean" environmentalism that embraces, among other enviromental bugaboos, capitalism, large-scale government, advanced technology, and big cities, Green Delusions aims to "distinguish the five main variants of eco-extremism . . . to expose the fallacies on which such views ultimately founder, and to demonstrate that the policies advocated . . . would, if enacted, result in unequivocal ecological catastrophe." The author generally hits his target cleanly and forcefully, making the book essential for environmental collections. Its clarity, detail, and solid documentation could also make it a surprise success in general circulation. Though clearly addressed to the academic and environmental communities, it could, given a little attention, gain a sizable audience among those ordinary citizens who find themselves increasingly disquieted by the extremism that currently dominates environmental discourse.
- Linn Prentis, Milford, Pa.
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