The natural environment matters a lot to
many people. Their views on issues such as recycling, population control,
economic growth and renewable energy are often held strongly and emotionally.
But some of these views are best described as ‘little green lies’. Sometimes
people bend the truth because they believe they are protecting others from the
harm caused by environmental decay. Others do it for personal gain. But unlike
‘little white lies’, telling ‘little green lies’ is not harmless. If they
become so widely accepted that they form the basis of government policies, our
society can be worse off for them. They can even end up causing environmental damage.
At last, the intellectual firepower to
cut through the “little green lies” told by environmentalists. Professor
Bennett turns his mind to twelve key propositions at the core of green
ideology, and demolishes them all. This book must be on the bookshelf of every
person concerned for a better environment and a better society.
If you are an environment zealot whose views are
not swayed by reason and evidence, this book is not for you. However, if you
truly want to improve the environment, this book will sharpen the way you think
about policy and add to your arsenal of tools for making our natural world a
better place for humans and their fellow travelers on the planet.