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Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism is Harming the Environment

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Wherever we turn, politicians, businesses and activists are promoting the latest fashionable “green” policy or product. Green buildings, biofuels, electric cars, compact fluorescent lightbulbs and a variety of other technologies are touted as the next key step in protecting the environment and promoting a sustainable future. Increasingly, however, scientific and economic i ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published 2011 by Washington Policy Center
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The other John
A central, yet unspoken, lesson of this book is, "You can't believe everything you read." Mr. Myers shows how this tenet is shown in the realm of environmentalism. In particular, he focuses on those movements which capture the public imagination, cause political and social action, and yet, are really a bad idea. He calls them "Eco-fads". First he explains them, and explores how different social forces bring them about. Then he looks at specific examples and points out how the arguments and data ...more
Lizzy
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I like the idea of this book, but it's a problematic book for several reasons:

1) Poor editing that undermined his point, such as "ultraviolent rays" instead of ultraviolet rays
2) Over-emphasizing the Seattle area
3) Criticizing others for twisting facts to suit their needs, and then saying that there are more trees in the US than ever before yayy! This just means we're getting more wood from overseas, where their forests are often illegally logged or improperly managed. (very basic overview here:
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Darla
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 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
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Martin
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the facts and agreed with most of the writers' many points. He has great examples, most from the Pacific Northwest. If there is a second edition, I hope the author adds a bunch of tables or graphs to accentuate his points. ...more
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Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
And I am not giving this book five stars just because it is written by, hands down, the best brother-in-law ever. It is also written by an incredibly intelligent, articulate, persuasive thinker. Even this raging and firey liberal was given pause by his arguments.
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