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Hard Green Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists

By Peter W. Huber
Basic Books 1999 ISBN: 9780465031122

About the Book

A strongly-argued critique of environmentalism from the right--the conservative's answer to Al Gore's Earth in the Balance.

This book sets out the case for Hard Green, a conservative environmental agenda. Modern environmentalism, Peter Huber argues, destroys the environment. Captured as it has been by the Soft Green oligarchy of scientists, regulators, and lawyers, modern environmentalism does not conserve forests, oceans, lakes, and streams-it hastens their destruction. For all its scientific pretension, Soft Green is not green at all. Its effects are the opposites of green.

This book lays out the alternative: a return to Yellowstone and the National Forests, the original environmentalism of Theodore Roosevelt and the conservation movement. Chapter by chapter, Hard Green takes on the big issues of environmental discourse from scarcity and pollution to efficiency and waste disposal.

This is the Hard Green manifesto: Rediscover T.R. Reaffirm the conservationist ethic. Expose the Soft Green fallacy. Reverse the Soft Green agenda. Save the environment from the environmentalists.

About the Author

Peter Huber is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy. He writes about science, technology, environment, and the law. He is the author of The Cure in the Code: How 20th Century Law Is Undermining 21st Century Medicine, The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy, coauthored with Mark P. Mills


Reviews of Hard Green

Green—Both Hard and Difficult”, by Brian Doherty, The American Spectator, July/August 2000
Greener Than Thou” by Mark Hertsgaard, The New York Times, May 7, 2000
“Earth Day And Disingenuous Greens” by Kennedy Maize, The Electricity Daily, April 17, 2000
“In Defense of the Earth; Charting the changes in America’s environmental movement”, The Salt Lake Tribune, April 2, 2000
“Rough Riders vs. Wonks” by Howard Muson, Across the Board, April 1, 2000
“Right on Green: Toward a conservative theory of environmentalism” by Robert Royal, The Weekly Standard, March 20, 2000.
“Reigning in government and a ‘pseudoscience’” by Jonathan H. Adler, The Washington Times, March 12, 2000
“A Worthwhile Attempt to Advance the Debate on Environmental Protection” by Steve Chapman, The Chicago Tribune, February 13, 2000
“Preservation Instincts” By Ronald Bailey, Reason, February 2000
“Agreeing with Bubba . . . this time”, by Linda Chavez, Creators Syndicate, January 24, 2000
The Big City; Urban Sprawl As a Way To Save Trees” by John Tierney, The New York Times, January 23, 2000
“Saving Earth from Environmentalists” By James Freeman, USA Today, January 19, 2000
“Saving The Earth Best Done In The ‘Hard Green’ Way” by Linda Seebach, Denver Rocky Mountain News, January 9, 2000
“Hard Green: Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists; Review” Mother Jones, January 1, 2000
“Great books for the biological century” by Bruce Ames, Reason, December 1, 1999