5 thoughts on “A Moment on the Earth

  1. I like Easterbrook, who often writes for The Atlantic. In this book he says environmentalists need to step back and celebrate their successes. We have made triumphant progress in the last hundred years: water and air are both much cleaner, and we should be proud of democracy’s ability to accomplish the improvements. The doomsday nature of the environmental movement, i.e., if we don’t do this or that we will all die tomorrow, is ultimately harmful to the cause, he suggests, for when doom doesn’t

  2. This is a long book, but I’m glad I made it through. Easterbrook’s main thesis is that the environment is in good shape, but that this is a result of environmental regulation, so we should be interested in more of it. It’s somewhat counter-intuitive — or rather, it shows how counter-intuitive the two main poles in environmental debate are — “The sky is falling, despite all the environmental legislation that’s passed,” or, “Everything we’ve done to clean up the planet has been enough. Let’s jus

  3. Environmental destruction in a positive light. This is what I took from this book. Environmental destruction may lead to grander and greater things for nature itself. I love optimistic theories and this book contains one of my favourites.

  4. A voice of reason in the clamor of political correctness. There is no global warming. What is happening now has been a cyclical event repeated hundreds of times over thousands of years.

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