Great little book for people of all political walks who care about the planet but are sick to death of all the alarmism -- not to mention the additionGreat little book for people of all political walks who care about the planet but are sick to death of all the alarmism -- not to mention the addition of "green" and "eco" to every other word in the dictionary, as if that means anything!
Myers brings some much needed common sense to a subject that left rational in the dust about 50 years ago- and has only gotten worse in the last 20 years.
His work is well researched and footnoted, but most importantly he has lived and worked as an environmental policy maker and has seen some of the unproductive fads in action. Meyers insights give pause for thought, as he strives to consider all sides of environmental policy arguments.
His most important piece of advice for rabid, vapid environmentslists: all decisions require trade-offs, some are too costly, and others are less so, but ineffective action for the sake of doing "something," is poor stewardship at it most absurd and wasteful of precious resources ($$). For the reticent, he assures us there are solid ways to manage the environment and still make a good profit, but caring about the planet is a must. Meyers did an admirable job at making the reader think about policy motivations, programs, and possible outcomes from more than just the media or activist side, though they got a hearing, too.
On the con side, Meyers' arguments in part 1 began to feel a bit repetitive, though some of that may be from my reading his book on my Android over several months. Slow Android reading seems to throw off my perceptions....more
In what is essentially an extended persuasive essay, the Frenches extend a welcoming hand to those Christians who may be on the fence about supportingIn what is essentially an extended persuasive essay, the Frenches extend a welcoming hand to those Christians who may be on the fence about supporting Mitt for POTUS. Often the argument against Mitt begins with what people perceive as his less than "true Conservative" politics and ends with an indictment of his faith, and my faith.
Piece by piece, the Frenches dismantle the critics' perceptions of his record and put up an able defense of Romneycare. Then, the two, who count themselves as friends of the Romneys, defend Mormonisms adherents as good people who share their values in every way. What more the faith is or isn't they leave to God.
I appreciated their love and sincere appreciation for Romney, his faith, and his principles. They certainly left me hopeful that the more people use logic and reasoning in this primary season, Romney could very well make it to the White House this go around, and people will be happily surprised at how good he will be- faith included....more
Rosen's last chapter, wherein he actually makes some extremely constructive suggestions for living off the grid or making lands more hospitable to thoRosen's last chapter, wherein he actually makes some extremely constructive suggestions for living off the grid or making lands more hospitable to those who wish to do so, was truly the only thing worth reading in this whole book.
Well, that is, of course, unless you came to "Off the Grid" with a desire to read: how the oppressive market, evil corporate structures, and nefarious marketing strategies among American utilities ruined America; anti-religious & anti-homeschooling commentary (largely against the Amish and Mennonite cultures!); how high the prevalence of pot smoking and growing is among off gridders; how much community dysfunction and how many scheisters there are in the off-grid world.
There were nuggets of interest embedded in a few of Rosen's stories, such as the difficulty people have getting financing for off-grid homes (mortgage companies/ banks aren't too happy to fork over funds for homes not connected to city services), but his writing was SO peppered with judgements and editorializing,in addition to being a rambling, disconnected mess, it was difficult to keep pushing through the pages.
Living off the grid in retirement, post-kids, is a dream of mine. Rosen made me think I'm further from making that a possibility than I thought. If nothing else, because I'm just not sure I want to live near the people he describes in 95 % of this book, and as far as I know, we don't have any Amish this far south. ...more