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How the Government Got in Your Backyard: Superweeds, Frankenfoods, Lawn Wars, and the (Nonpartisan) Truth About Environmental Policies
 
 
Author
Jeff Gillman & Eric Heberlig.
Publisher Timber Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9781604690019
Pages/Publication Date 256/2011
Daedalus Item Code 30459
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Biotechnology: the future or a genetic time bomb? Renewable fuels: the key to cleaner air or just corporate welfare? Greenhouse gasses: baking the earth to death or just a needless worry? This book distills the science, the politics, and the nonpartisan truth behind hot-button environmental issues that have involved the government, from pesticides to global warming. By clearly representing what the left says, what the right says, what the science is, and what the facts are, Jeff Gillman and Eric Heberlig don't set out to provide the answer; instead they light the path so concerned citizens can uncover their own true and informed opinion.

"Gillman and Heberlig ... use an interesting conceit, highlighting a topic, providing background, then relating how it is received by the Right and the Left. This clarifies dense material, making for an accessible title that also explains why it is so difficult to alter existing laws. Members of Congress, they write, would be perfectly happy if scientists came before them and all agreed that 'this pesticide is safe, allow it' or 'this pesticide is unsafe, ban it.' But anticipating that level of consensus from the scientific community makes Waiting for Godot look like an afternoon's diversion. Therefore, politicians are forced to take sides on issues they know little about, resulting in frustration all around. Gillman and Heberlig also wade into private-property rights and homeowner associations and pose the question of just what a good yard means. In all, their discussion illuminates environmental confusion on a national scale and offers help in making the far-ranging debate easier to understand."Booklist

 
 
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