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Defending Illusions (Political Economy Forum)by Allan K. Fitzsimmons
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An examination of the science, philosophy and law of ecosystems management. It shows how efforts to make federal protection of ecosystems the centrepiece of national environmental policy are driven by religious veneration of Mother Earth wrapped in a veil of weak science. It reveals that placing the well-being of nature ahead of the well-being of people erodes the American dream and goes on to suggest how we can improve our stewardship of the land.
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Fitzsimmons, an environmental consultant, geologist, and former senior staffer to policymakers in the Department of the Interior during the Reagan and Bush administrations, critiques the new Clinton-era paradigm in ecosystem management. Arguing that the new environmental ethos is woefully eco- or biocentric rather than human- or God- centered, he states that environmentalists and the government advocate for the protection of the environment and "unaccountable special interests" at the expense of liberty and private property, and presents a market-based approach to preserving the nation's wetland base.
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Defending Illusions examines the science, philosophy, and law of ecosystem management. Allan Fitzsimmons clearly illustrates how efforts to make federal protection of ecosystems the centerpiece of national environmental policy rest on weak science and a worldview that places concern for the well-being of nature ahead of the well-being of people.
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