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Break Through Why We Can't Leave Saving the Planet to Environmentalists

ISBN-10: 0547085958
ISBN-13: 9780547085951
Edition: 2007
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Description: In 2004 Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger triggered a firestorm with their essay "The Death of Environmentalism," which argued that the politics that dealt with acid rain and smog can't deal with global warming. Environmentalism must die, they  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

In 2004 Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger triggered a firestorm with their essay "The Death of Environmentalism," which argued that the politics that dealt with acid rain and smog can't deal with global warming. Environmentalism must die, they argued, so something new could be born. Now, three years later, Break Through delivers on their promise to articulate a new politics for a new century, one focused not on complaints and ecological limits but on aspirations and human possibility. If environmentalists and progressives are to seize the moment offered by the collapse of the Bush presidency, they must break from "the politics of limits" and grapple with some inconvenient truths of their own. The old pollution and conservation paradigms have failed. The nations that ratified the Kyoto protocol have seen their greenhouse gas emissions go up, not down. And the destruction of tropical rain forests, a key driver of global warming, has accelerated. What today's ecological crises demand, say the authors, is not that we constrain human power but rather unleash it. Overcoming global warming demands not pollution control but a new kind of economic development. The invention of the Internet and microchips, the creation of the space program, the birth of the European Union--those breakthroughs were made possible only by big, bold investments in the future. We must go beyond interest group environmentalism and liberalism to create a politics focused as much on uncommon greatness as on the common good. With its challenge to conventional thought, Break Through will influence the political debate for years to come.

Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus have spent their entire careers working with environmental organizations. The two are managing dirctors of American Environics, a social values research and political stategy firm, and are senior fellows with the Breakthrough Institute. Their vision of a new, more effective envioronmentalism is reflected in these proposals already intoduced into Congress: "The New Apollo Project" by Rep. Jay Inslee; "Health Care for Hybrids," by Senator Barack Obama; and "Global Warming Preparedness," by Senators John Kerry and Olympia Snowe. They both reside in Oakland, CA.

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger have spent their entire careers working with environmental organizations. The two are managing dirctors of American Environics, a social values research and political stategy firm, and are senior fellows with the Breakthrough Institute. Their vision of a new, more effective envioronmentalism is reflected in these proposals already intoduced into Congress: "The New Apollo Project" by Rep. Jay Inslee; "Health Care for Hybrids," by Senator Barack Obama; and "Global Warming Preparedness," by Senators John Kerry and Olympia Snowe. They both reside in Oakland, CA.

Preface to the Mariner edition
Introduction: From the Nightmare to the Dream
The Politics of Limits
The Birth of Environmentalism
The Forest for the Trees
Interests Within Interests
The Prejudice of Place
The Pollution Paradigm
The Death of Environmentalism
The Politics of Possibility
Status and Security
Belonging and Fulfillment
Pragmatism
Greatness
In Gratitude
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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