Ecofundamentalism : A Critique of Extreme Environmentalism

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Ecofundamentalism: A Critique of Extreme Environmentalism is one of few books that focuses on ecofundamentalism, from its philosophical foundations to its policy prescriptions, instead of environmentalism as a whole. Ecofundamentalism places nature above man and is a possible threat to civilization. Rognvaldur Hannesson critically examines central tenets of environmentalism such as sustainability, biodiversity, and the precautionary principle and he shows that issues like the "population bomb," global warming, and the depletion of the oceans are exaggerated or nonexistent more

Product details

  • Hardback | 130 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 16, 16 black & white illustrations, 16 graphs
  • 0739189638
  • 9780739189634

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In this book, world-renowned fisheries economist Hannesson states that his goal is to debunk environmentalism of the ecofundamentalist variety as ahistorical, unscientific, and an outright threat to progress. Putting aside his technical and statistical tools to critically evaluate his subject, the author defines ecofundamentalists as people who put nature above humans and accuses them of being hypocrites benefiting from the comforts of the industry they deride and of self-aggrandizement promoting doom and gloom. According to the author, ecofundamentalists may be a minority and represent marginal opinion, but they are capable of shaping public thinking to an unwarranted degree. He does admit there are limits to the use of nonrenewable resources, but if experience is any guide, he concludes, people will probably do just fine. To environmentalists who urge precaution, Hannesson says the only way to learn about the dangers of a product is by using it. Possibly his most striking opinion is that people have learned the laws of nature and turned them to their advantage. A nonanalytical critique, this book is recommended as a reasoned counter to some of the arguments of environmentalism. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers. CHOICE Professor Rognvaldur Hannesson, an authority on natural resource management, has written a well-argued, even if polemical, book against ecofundamentalism, which, for him, puts nature before man...Hannesson has written an instructive, concise book, successfully debunking many myths about the environment, with sober analysis rather than rhetoric. Journal of Economic Literature Ecofundamentalism: A Critique of Extreme Environmentalism is a valuable book for presenting a careful and reasoned counter to some of the arguments of environmentalism. Rognvaldur Hannesson is an accomplished scholar and an environmentalist in his own right. His arguments point to the critical need for positive analysis of the tradeoffs encountered in confronting environmental and natural resource problems in order to enhance the wellbeing of the planet and its inhabitants of all kinds. -- Gary Libecap, University of California, Santa Barbara Rognvaldur Hannesson is a world-renowned fisheries economist, but in this book he puts aside his technical and statistical tools to critically evaluate "ecofundamentalism" through an economic lens anyone can understand. If you are an open-minded environmentalist, you will have to re-evaluate your position on many issues including global warming, and if you are an "ecofundamentalist," your foundation will be shaken. -- Terry L. Anderson, PERCshow more

About Rognvaldur Hannesson

Rognvaldur Hannesson received his PhD in economics at the University of Lund, more

Table of contents

Environmentalism: a Critique Contents Acknowledgement Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Environmentalism: what is it? Chapter 3: Sustainability Chapter 4: Biodiversity, alien species, and "iconic" animals Chapter 5: Energy Chapter 6: Global warming, forest death, and the ozone hole Chapter 7: Is the world overpopulated? Chapter 8: Fisheries, aquaculture, and the oceans Chapter 9: Conclusion Literatureshow more