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    DescriptionIn 1980, the iconoclastic economist Julian Simon challenged celebrity biologist Paul Ehrlich to a bet. Their wager on the future prices of five metals captured the public's imagination as a test of coming prosperity or doom. Ehrlich, author of the landmark book The Population Bomb, predicted that rising populations would cause overconsumption, resource scarcity and famine - with apocalyptic consequences for humanity. Simon optimistically countered that human welfare would flourish thanks to flexible markets, technological change, and our collective ingenuity. Simon and Ehrlich's debate reflected a deepening national conflict over the future of the planet. The Bet weaves the two men's lives and ideas together with the era's partisan political clashes over the environment and the role of government. In a lively narrative leading from the dawning environmentalism of the 1960s through the pivotal presidential contest between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and on into the 1990s, Paul Sabin shows how the fight between Ehrlich and Simon - between environmental fears and free-market confidence - helped create the gulf separating environmentalists and their critics today. Drawing insights from both sides, Sabin argues for using social values, rather than economic or biological absolutes, to guide society's crucial choices relating to climate change, the planet's health, and our own.

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    The Bet
    Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth's Future
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Sabin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300176483
    ISBN 10: 0300176481

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    LC classification: HC79.E5 S213 2013
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    Illustrations note
    24 black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    03 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Paul Sabin is associate professor, Department of History, Yale University. He was founding director of the Environmental Leadership Program, a national nonprofit organization, and is the author of Crude Politics: The California Oil Market, 1900-1940.
    Review quote
    "A brilliant idea for a book. . . . Sabin has produced an absorbing narrative of how two people's 'clashing insights' unleashed on the world polarised views of the environmental and resource threats we face in the 21st century."--Fred Pearce, "New Scientist"--Fred Pearce "New Scientist "