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Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism Is Hazardous to Your Health! [Hardcover]

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.76" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   0.99 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 28, 2006
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595550674  
EAN  9781595550675  
UPC  020049140512  

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An outrageous, alarming look at how the environmental movement with its radical, shortsighted eco-activists has actually helped amplify the dangers of natural disasters and destroyed the lives and property of millions of Americans.

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Tree-huggers may actually be squeezing the life out of the environment.

In a book that is alternately alarming, enlightening, ironic, and entertaining, award-winning journalist John Berlau explores the myriad ways in which shortsighted environmentalism actually endangers trees, wildlife, and people. In chapter after chapter, Berlau debunks myths and libels about: global warming and climate change the dangers of pesticides like DDT trees and pollution fuel economy and the auto industry the threat posed by asbestos the lifesaving role of dams and levees plans to "rewild" America

Mother Nature is not a gentle person, and Berlau's pointed reporting reveals the very real dangers to people and their environments when Eco-Freaks prevent us from restraining her.

"Berlau makes a powerful case. . . . Thinking environmentalists who read this book will be forced to revisit at least some of their most deeply held beliefs."
-Joel Himelfarb, Washington Times

"Berlau says a lot of things that are not generally known that needed to be said."
-Bruce N. Ames, recipient, National Medal of Science, 1998

Save the Planet . . . and Ourselves

In Eco-Freaks, award-winning journalist John Berlau provides a much needed and startling expose about how the environmental movement with its radical, shortsighted eco-activists has actually helped amplify the dangers of natural disasters and destroyed the lives and property of millions of Americans.

As Berlau writes, "America . . . is still mighty prosperous, but environmentalism is putting us on the brink of danger as well. As technology after technology that our grandparents put in place is being banned, and new technologies never even come to market, we risk a public-health disaster. Environmentalists have promoted all sorts of doomsday scenarios about population explosions and massive cancer crises from pesticides that have been shown to be false. But now, because we have done away with so many useful products based on those scares, we are in danger of an old-fashion doomsday returning, because we've lost what protected us from the wrath of nature. Indeed, as we will see throughout this book, public health hazards caused by environmental policies are already on the scene."

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A least get the basics right  Apr 13, 2008
This has to be one of the worst books ever. It is full of errors, misunderstanding and propaganda. After a long chapter primarily about DDT and malaria Berlau writes (page 52) that "In fact one of the reasons DDT is so vitally needed in Africa, and possibly America, is because the malaria virus has grown resistant to drugs like chloroquine." But malaria is caused by bacteria (several species) not a virus. This is one of the first things you learn about malaria. And, until recently, there were no drugs that were effective against viruses.
juvenile gibberish  Feb 21, 2008
If you like the sort of juvenile gibberish that passes for rational thought among the likes of Coulter and Limbaugh then look no further. The book begins (as always) by manufacturing a false dichotomy. Either you are a "rational" free-marketeer or you are a "self-hating" eco-freak. Once this groundwork in established the rest proceeds predictably. If your thought processes have advanced beyond high school level, don't waste your money or your time.
Overheated but useful analysis  Nov 2, 2007

This is basically a good book, but flawed in ways that will reduce its effectiveness.
Berlau argues that the modern environmental movement has harmed people. He is not
complaining that corporations are constrained in their greed. Rather, individual men,
women, and children are killed or harmed because of the actions of environmentalists.

Most of the rules he complains about were based on bad, even fraudulent science.
In the areas I'm familiar with, Berlau got the science mostly right. There are good notes
and references so you can check up on him, and on the people he relies on. I'm not going
to try to summarize the science as that would make this review too long.

A person can contract malaria several times during a lifetime. There are 300 to 500
million cases per year, and over 2 million deaths from malaria each year. Most of those
cases could be avoided by the use of DDT. There are no documented cases of anyone dying
from DDT or from a condition caused by DDT.

Asbestos is fireproof and reduces the flow of heat. Steel is not as strong when it is hot.
The World Trade Center towers were designed to withstand the impact of the largest
airliner of the day, a Boeing 707, and the resulting fire. The steel framework was to be
wrapped in asbestos. But then politics kept the asbestos out. With asbestos the towers
would have remained standing much longer, so more people could escape.

There is a mix of political influences in autos. Greens are not the only ones that apply
pressure for more expensive than necessary, less efficient than possible, less safe cars.

Trees are nice, and we have more of them than we had prior to the Civil War. Here in
Massachusetts the land is more forested than it was during the Revolutionary War.
Leaving forests untouched means really big fires when fires happen.
The deer population is about the same as in colonial days.

Environmentalists prevented the building of flood protection gates near New Orleans.
The proposed gates were based on those used in Netherlands, where they know a lot about
how to prevent flooding low lands.

Almost everyone agrees with the expressed desire of environmentalists. Clean air is better
than dirty air. Clean water is better than dirty water. A mountain is prettier than an
open pit mine. A Redwood tree is nicer than a clear cut forest. Bambi is nicer than a
slaughterhouse. But these are not the real choices. The real choices are matters of degree
and there are real costs associated with the alternatives. Is it worth 5 less mpg on every
car to get the air from extremely pure to ultra pure? Is it worth $1500 extra for every new
house to save 113 spotted owls? These are the kinds of questions that are avoided by the

The extreme environmentalists seem to hate humanity. They preach about huge harms from
hypothetical situations and ignore real threats that have proven defenses. Berlau points
out much fakery in the movement. The most telling lines come from David Brower, long the
head of the Sierra Club, on page 210. "The Sierra Club made the Nature Conservatory look
reasonable. Then I founded Friends of the Earth to make the Sierra Club look reasonable.
Then I founded Earth Island Institute to make Friends of the Earth look reasonable. Earth
First! now makes us look reasonable. We're still waiting for someone to come along and make
Earth First! look reasonable."

The extremists are not going to be changed by this book. They seem to have a religious
faith that anything is justified to "save the planet." But this book might help most
people think about the trade-off and the costs of things that would be nice if they were free.

That is where the weaknesses appear. There are problems with facts and attitude problems.
First the factual flaws. None reduce the message of the book, but they provide ammunition for
those that will attack it. "If he's wrong on these things, why trust him on any claim?"
It was not a light plane that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945. It was a B-25
medium bomber. Berlau seems to confuse minivans and SUVs, generally using the later term
for both. Native Americans used fire intentionally in forests, and burned prairies as a
hunting technique, but they did not create the great plains by burning down the forests.
I don't promise this is a complete list. There are also a bunch of editing flaws, the kind
that appear because word processing is so easy. An example is adding a second example to a
sentence and forgetting to change a verb to the plural form.

Other reviewers have pointed out the insulting title and the "sarcastic" cover illustration.
Politicians are rightly blamed for many foolish actions. The Democrats seem to have a majority
of the environmentally idiotic politicians, even though Nixon gave us the EPA and the DDT ban.
Berlau often labels the politicians as liberal. I think this makes many potential readers
less receptive to the good information in the book.

Overall, this is a good book on an important topic. I just wish it was a little better so it
would be a more persuasive book.

Just the Facts Please  Nov 1, 2007
This book nails down all of the garbage that the Environmentalist wackos have done to our industries, and to our judicial system. The amount of blood on their hands is astronomical. How much destruction is caused by saving a tree, banning an efficient chemical, getting that 1 mpg extra out of our vehicles? An excellent read that should be required reading in our liberal, eco-friendly schools to show that for every action we take to save something in nature, nature has an equal an opposite reaction that can aid in destroying our lives, making life more difficult than it has to be.
Push Back!!  Oct 27, 2007
Did you know that John Muir was a racist that successfully expelled Native Americans from national parks land?

Or that environmental lobby groups exaggerated the dangers of DDT that led to its slow global disfavor and in turn has caused millions to suffer or die from malaria and various other maladies?

Did you know that the push to stop the thinning of our national forests is the catalyst that creates massive wildfires that jeopardizes people, property and also pumps millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere?

Did you know that CAFÉ standards make cars less safe and actually increases national gasoline consumption? Further, did you know that CAFÉ standards are actually the cause of the advent of the vehicle that environmentalists hate the most: the SUV?

This book reveals the healthy inner skeptic. This book encourages you to ask: "What, where, why, when, how?" The sort of free query that the current environmental movement has tried to quell with they're shrill cry: "There is no debate on this! Do as we suggest or you doom us all!"
Some critics of this book have been moved to cheap character assassination which is a failed desperate attempt to discredit a book when reason and facts can not be sufficiently manipulated. Others have avoided a riposte with facts and ideas and have resorted to the succor of ideological demagoguery. The reasonable among us, those that are not easily swayed by fervor, will realize (after reading this terrific book) the unyielding and uncompromising nature of the current environmental movement: Zealots parroting its vision of nature as-it-should-be over people. No accountability is taken if that utopian vision does terrible harm to the very people that it is meant to take to an eco-promised land: There is only the edification of the natural world through the collectivist ideal and the empowerment of big government.

I have read several publications where some of the salient subjects in this book are aptly explained but I have found that Mr. Berlau writes in easily consumable vignettes at times: The man even has a sense of humor. This book is a smooth read; it is very informative, it has sound critical acumen and best of all it exposes an environmental movement that sadly will continue to do more harm than good.

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