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Author Bailey, Ronald.

Title Eco-scam : the false prophets of ecological apocalypse / Ronald Bailey.

Published New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  363.700973 BAIL    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xii, 228 pages ; 22 cm
Notes "A Thomas Dunne book."
"A Cato Institute book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-220) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. The Imagination of Disaster -- Ch. 2. The Countdown to Doomsday Begins -- Ch. 3. The End of Hunger -- Ch. 4. The Depletion Myth -- Ch. 5. The Refrigerator Effect -- Ch. 6. Dr. Frankenstein's Dream -- Ch. 7. The Doomsday Machine -- Ch. 8. The Hole in the Sky -- Ch. 9. The Sky Is Falling -- Ch. 10. The Media and the Messiahs.
Summary Fifteen years ago, we were warned to prepare for the next Ice Age. Today, we worry about our ever-shrinking ozone layer and the looming threat of global warming. Ever since the atomic bomb, the public and policymakers have been barraged by predictions of imminent environmental doom - none of which came true, and, Ronald Bailey asserts, none of which probably ever will come true. In this timely, hard-hitting book, Bailey explores and explodes the popular myths of global disaster, from "nuclear winter" to the depletion of nonrenewable resources. Who are the "prophets of doom" whose apocalyptic visions keep their lecture calendars full and their audiences in constant anticipation of the world's end? What effect are they having on the economic and environmental policies that will shape our planet's future?
Bailey, a PBS producer and former Forbes science writer, offers clear and compelling arguments to debunk the popular grim prophecies. In the process, he questions the wisdom of such established environmental gurus as Carl Sagan, Jeremy Rifkin, Paul Ehrlich, and Barry Commoner: Are they activists or alarmists? In a book sure to raise discussion, debate, and controversy, Bailey assures us that while the earth is in far better shape than we've been led to believe, a few highly paid, highly regarded "intellectuals" are building successful careers out of convincing us otherwise, and diverting scarce resources into foolish and unnecessary programs.
Subject Environmental degradation.
Environmentalists -- Attitudes.
ISBN 0312086989 $19.95 ($26.99 Can.)