Skip to comments."Eco-Fads" by Todd Myers
Posted on 05/04/2015 7:51:19 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
Todd Myers is an eco-mythbuster. He exposes trends among modern environmentalists that are based more on feel-good sentimentality than on scientific reality. If you truly care about the environment, then you should read this book. Alex B. Berezow, Ph.D., Editor of RealClearScience.com
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 information regarding environmental problems takes a back seat to the social and personal value of being seen and perceived as green.
As environmental consciousness has become socially popular, eco-fads supplant objective data. Politicians pick the latest environmental agenda in the same way we choose the fall fashions looking for what will yield the largest benefit with our public and social circles.
Eco-Fads exposes the pressures that cause politicians, businesses, the media and even scientists to fall for trendy environmental fads. It examines why we fall for such fads, even when we should know better. The desire to be green can cloud our judgment, causing us to place things that make us appear green ahead of actions that may be socially invisible yet environmentally responsible.
By recognizing the range of forces that have taken us in the wrong direction, Eco-Fads shows how we can begin to get back on track, creating a prosperous and sustainable legacy for our planets future.
I posted this thread because I heard an interview of him on the local AM radio station talking about his book. He is very level-headed and a conservative Pubbie who works for the Washington Policy Center - a conservative think tank.
Plastic Bag Bans: Another Feel-Good Eco-Fad
by Todd Myers
Video: Taxpayers subsidize wind-farm generation
We require taxpayers to subsidize the production of renewable energy, and now we want ratepayers to pay renewable energy companies when they lose money? asked Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment of the Washington Policy Center and author of Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism is Harming the Environment.
Thanks. I’ll look into it regardless of being a waste of time trying to use any facts he presents on the true believers. THEY KNOW NO REASON. But, you never know who might be trainable. :>}
Sheep being marketed.
Environmentalism has nothing to do with fads. It is mainly about the federal govt and to a lesser degree, state govts.
At the federal level there are acts of Congress like NEPA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and many others. The 1990 congressional amendment to the Clean Air Act brought Sulfur, Mercury, and other toxics into regulation. If you are talking about land use regs, then FLPMA in 1976 and the Healthy Forest Initiative in 1982 are important.
And the judiciary is also very involved. CO2 regulations are being driven by 3 SCOTUS decisions: Massachusetts v EPA in 2007, AEP v Connecticut in 2011, and Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA in 2014.
Any and every thing that has to do with the environment gets litigated.
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