The Making of a Conservative Environmentalist: with Reflections on Government, Industry, Scientists, the Media, Education, Economic Growth, the Public, the Great Lakes, Activists, and the Sunsetting of Toxic Chemicals (Hardback)Gordon K. Durnil (author)
Hardback Published: 01/06/1995
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'Too often, environmentalism in this country is seen as incompatible with conservatism. Gordon Durnil argues that the opposite is true. He is right. All conservatives who happen to be environmentalists, or vice versa, and are concerned with the apparent conflict in their belief should read this book' - William Ruckelshaus, Chairman of the Board, Browning Ferris Industries. 'When a child molester molests again, we ask, 'Why was he out on the streets? Why didn't people keep him away from our kids?'But when the executive of some large conglomerate violates the laws by discharging some noxious substance into the water, or air, or onto the ground, we pay little attention. We don't ask why he wasn't kept away from chemicals. We don't ask why he wasn't required to keep those unmanageable substances away from our kids. Science tells us of bad effects that certain kinds of discharges can have on our children, born and unborn, but we don't seem to see the analogy between a perverted individual sexually molesting a child and an industrial discharge affecting the basic sexuality of a child. I wonder why' - Gordon Durnil.As the U.S.Chairman of the International Joint Commission under the Bush administration, a semi-autonomous international organization, Durnil was charged with overseeing the quality of the environment of the Great Lakes region. In the course of this service, he changed from being blindly pro-business to being an avid, active environmentalist. For most of the world, the term 'conservative environmentalist' is an oxymoron. In this fascinating account of his conversion to environmentalism, Gordon Durnil demonstrates how and why the saving of our environment is fundamentally a conservative issue.In the first half of the book, he traces his background growing up in rural Indiana in the forties and fifties and the kind of conservative philosophy his parents lived by. Chapters 2 through 5 deal specifically with the Joint Commission and some of its goals, including a toxin-free Great Lakes Basin. Why, Durnil asks, if governments know what toxic substances cause deformity, illness, and death, do they let industries discharge these same materials into the environment and even sell the rights to do so? Always demonstrating why his positions are conservative, he provides a penetrating analysis of the actions of government, industry, organized environmental groups, scientists and health care professionals, the media, education officials, the public in general, and others. He concludes with an outline for conservative environmentalism. This is a fascinating book for anyone interested in the Great Lakes region or who cares about the survival of our species.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 241 x 160 x 23 mm
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