Iain Murray's exposé reveals how environmental blowhards actually do more to waste energy, endanger species, and kill people than those they finger, while capitalism, hunting, and old-fashioned property rights have made the planet better.
Rather than just myth busting and blame shifting, Murray offers applicable and effective solutions for each catastrophe - something the Left has yet to do.
©2008 Iain Murray; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Well it is good to hear a different take on issues that are impacting our lives today this author makes jumps and uses faulty logic far too often for this to be truly informative. This is more of a starting place to knowledge rather than somewhere to hang your hat.
I remember watching Al Gore’s, “An Inconvenient Truth” and immediately afterwards being fairly upset. But as I had time to digest the messages of the movie, research the science a bit and think through it’s claims, the focus of my annoyance has changed. This book confirmed my suspicions that environmentalism has become the religion of choice for many and a powerful tool for proponents of fascism.
I agreed with the author of this book on most of his points, especially with regard to individual property rights and the natural stewardship that should logically follow having an vested interest in one’s own land / home. On a number of other points I was educated. All in all, this was a worthwhile read.
i enjoyed reading the rest of the story it good to hear both side
i would say the book too big to fail would also be good to listen to if you enjoy this book becuse it also tell you more of the story
i think listen give you the able to think about what you are reading more then just reading it sometime for me that very true as i have trouble with reading
i felt that it high lighted the fact that we really need to listen closely to what gov is telling us about what going on and need to take the time to think if it make sent to us
Membre since March 2008.
If the author would have acted in a unbiased manner he could have scored more points.
He makes too many statements that simply cater to the right wing of the political spectrum.
So basically in turns into a book about right against left and not as much about the subjects itself.
If you believe the world can be nicely divided into black and white, good and bad, left and right, etc. and see the world through stereotypes, then this book is for you. If you believe the world is full of shades of grey and complicated by nuance, then this book will disappoint. Further, by choosing to write a book essentially in response to Al Gore’s 2006 “Inconvenient Truth” documentary, the author set himself up to create material that would quickly feel dated; complaining about Al Gore in 2015 seems irrelevant and even pithy.
But the problems with this book are much deeper than it feeling anachronistic (especially in light of the fact that the case for manmade climate change is even stronger now). The crux of a large part of this book works like this:
1) Gore is a liberal politician associated with Bill Clinton and hence despised by conservatives.
2) Gore made an environmental documentary about climate change.
3) Thus, Gore is the leader of the environmental movement.
4) Since Gore’s politics are dreadfully misguided (according to the right), then the environmental movement is dreadful misguided.
Thus, the author creates a classic strawman argument: show that Gore is wrong and you’ve shown the environmental movement is wrong. Of course, the author seems completely unaware that Gore is by no means the leader of any environmental movement. He created a movie that inspired people, but how does that make him the representative for an entire movement which can include the extreme protestors of Greenpeace to those running Benefit Corporations who believe in capitalism *and* protecting the planet to those running non-profits like the Nature Conservancy which uses the concept of private property to protect land?
And don’t get me wrong: even though I consider myself what the author would call a “liberal environmentalist”, I’m happy to have my beliefs questioned and then updated as needed, so I was excited to listen to this book and learn something new. But you can’t convince rational people of a differing viewpoint when you are focused not on objectivity but language that is couched in political rhetoric and a half-baked understanding of how science works.
And this is what’s most maddening about this book: how the author completely twists science around by cherry-picking studies. The classic example is climate change: even though 97% of climate scientists are in agreement that manmade climate change is real, this author has no problem making climate change sound like it’s an unclear issue at best. When he gets into subsidizes for renewable energy, its unbelievable that he completely ignores the much greater subsidizes that are and have been provided to fossil fuel energy for many decades. Or when he claims that the Endangered Species Act is a failure since only a handful of species have been removed from the list when the primary goal of the act is in fact to prevent them from going extinct, a goal which it has done phenomenally well at.
Even when the author has some good points (which are few), e.g. that corn ethanol is a bad idea, he manages to twist it around and blame “liberal environmentalists” even though most environmentalists agree it is a bad idea and in fact it was the administration of George W. Bush that created our current program.
Finally, this book reaches the ultimate low at the end when the author seems to go off on a tangent about communism and “central planning” in his discussion of the loss of the Aral sea. In another classic straw man argument, by claiming that communism = central planning = bad and “liberal environmentalism” = central planning, then we can conclude that “liberal environmentalism” = bad. What?! Just because the environmental movement believes government regulation is integral to policy doesn’t mean this is the “central planning” of communism. And it’s particularly hypocritical when his political side continues to support a massive military whose budget utterly dwarfs anything provided to environmental regulations.
In the end, the author thinks that making everything private property will solve all our environmental problems. There is no acceptance that private property and government are both integral to our lives and it’s absurd to think that all of one and none of the other will ever be a legitimate solution. But alas, it’s much more simplistic to just pigeon-hole everyone into either a “central planner” or a “capitalist”. So if that’s how you like your worldview, then I’ll say it again: this book is for you.
I like to educate myself by challenging my own beliefs. AND I have been a skeptic of environmentalists for a few years. This book has taken me to a new place. I would recommend it highly.
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