Strategic Ignorance by Carl Pope
Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress

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Published in cloth in 2004, "Strategic Ignorance" revealed to countless readers the true scope of the Bush administration's assault on the environment. Midway through the second Bush term, with a Supreme Court far less likely to rein in the 'wrecking crew' - as the authors describe those working to dismantle environmental protections - this book will be even more important and useful. "Strategic Ignorance" sets forth not only the shocking Bush record but the stories and strategies behind it. Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope and coauthor Paul Rauber brief us on the key administration figures, as well as legislators and lobbyists on the reactionary right, who strive to gut landmark laws; facilitate payback to polluters; distort, suppress, or ignore science; and invent soothing flimflam like 'Clear Skies'.The authors were prescient in predicting Bush's repeal of the Roadless Rule, the censoring of evidence on global warming, and the stonewalling on mercury emissions. They also foresaw the backlash now building: Congress rebelling against the EPA's 'sewage blending' ploy, local opposition to coal-bed methane mining in the West, and resurgent environmental support at the polls. "Strategic Ignorance" remains the indispensable guide to the Bush team's motives and tactics - and to how we can best oppose them to safeguard America's citizens, landscapes, and resources.
 

About Carl Pope

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A veteran leader in the environmental movement, Carl Pope has been Executive Director of the Sierra Club since 1992. He has also served on the boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, the National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics, Inc., and Zero Population Growth. Pope is the author of two previous books, Sahib: An American Misadventure in India (1971) and Hazardous Waste in America (1981). Paul Rauber is a senior editor at Sierra magazine. Pope and Rauber both live in the San Francisco Bay Area. A veteran leader in the environmental movement, Carl Pope has been Executive Director of the Sierra Club since 1992. He has also served on the boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, the National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics, Inc., and Zero Population Growth. Pope is the author of two previous books, "Sahib: An American Misadventure in India "(1971) and "Hazardous Waste in America "(1981). Paul Rauber is a senior editor at "Sierra "magazine. Pope and Rauber both live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Published May 3, 2004 by Sierra Club Books. 303 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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But the real energy of the book comes from its accumulation of small facts to paint the picture—of obsessive secrecy, crony capitalism and (or so the authors claim) the administration's conscious, unabashed commitment to the economic exploitation of the air America breathes, the water it drinks a...

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A rainforest economy where strangler became dominant would rapidly collapse -- as some argue the short-term obsessed U.S. economy might in a world of limited natural resources and climate instability -- one where, like the guava, the U.S. can't afford to be shedding our assets just to keep strang...

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Efforts, for example, to repeal the provisions of the 2005 Energy Bill that give the federal government the right to seize private property for the benefit of utilities, have failed to date in both the House and Senate -- and failed even though they have unpopular and unsupportable consequences: ...

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Hydrogen fuel cells seem promising because they can produce electricity and heat from the chemical energy contained in hydrogen, an abundant element.

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