Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns

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Jay H. Lehr
John Wiley & Sons, 1992 M08 4 - 860 pages
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"...the 'proof' of man's destruction of the environment isconsistently flawed.... the scientific method is being abused andignored. The errors are not random, however, but are systematicallybiased toward attempting to prove the guilt of man in the allegeddestruction of the planet. Objective science is disappearing and isbeing replaced by the pursuit of a philosophical agenda."
--Richard F. Sanford in Environmentalism and theAssault on Reason Chapter 1

"The public has numerous misconceptions about the relationshipbetween environmental pollution and human cancer. Underlying thesemisconceptions is an erroneous belief that nature is benign."
--Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D. and Lois Swirsky Gold, Ph.D inEnvironmental Pollution and Cancer: Some Misconceptions Chapter7

"Greenhouse gases have been increasing in the atmosphere,largely as a result of human activities. However, the climaterecord does not show the temperature increase and other telltalesigns of the expected greenhouse effect. The mathematical modelsused for predicting such effects are evidently not complete enoughto encompass all of the relevant physical processes in theatmosphere, thus throwing grave doubt on the drastic warminghypothesized for the next century."
--S. Fred Singer in Global Climate Change: Facts andFiction Chapter 13

"...There is now no prima-facie case for any expensive policy ofsafeguarding species without more extensive analysis than has sofar been done."
--Julian L. Simon in Disappearing Species,Deforestation and Data Chapter 26

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I purchased this book in 1992 and it is one of the best references on common sense and rational thinking on environmental and basic life concerns. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I have loaned it out to friends who needed some common sense thinking against the silly fear-mongering of the left about how man is destroying the planet and they have brought it back with large smiles and vigorous thank you's for helping them to sort out truth from nonsense. 

Contents

Introduction
1
Environmentalism and the Assault on Reason Richard F Sanford
16
Acid Rain
35
Acid RainThe Whole Story to Date John J McKetta
44
Agricultural Chemicals
59
Pesticides in Ground WaterSolving the Right Problem
73
Alternative AgricultureProceed With Caution Robert M Devlin
83
Asbestos
99
An Alternative to Municipal Solid Waste Landfills G Fred
453
Perspectives on the Cost Effectiveness of Life Saving Bernard L
459
Is Environmental Press Coverage Biased? Jane S Shaw
474
Good Press for Bad Science G Brent Dalrymple
484
Environmental Fears and the Treating Physician
491
Unproven Questionable Dietary and Nutritional Methods in Cancer
503
Perceptions of Food Safety Issues in the United States Fredrick
522
Nutrition Elizabeth M Whelan and Fredrick J Stare
529

The Asbestos Distortion John E Kinney
115
Biomagnification
125
Facts and Fancy Thomas H Jukes
135
Those Terrifying Cows Reprinted with permission of The Wall Street
145
Some Misconceptions
151
Cell Proliferation in Carcinogenesis Samuel M Cohen
167
Mitogenesis Increases Mutagenesis
181
Some Convinced TCE Guilty Despite Lack of Evidence
189
The Tragedy of DDT Thomas H Jukes
217
Dioxin
223
Taking the Die Out of Dioxin Natalie P Robinson Sirkin
247
Electromagnetic Fields and VDTitis Petr Beckmann
253
Environmental Economics
265
In Whose Interest? Jo Ann Kwong
277
Is the Cure More Deadly Than the Disease?
289
Environmental TyrannyA Threat to Democracy Raphael
303
Impact of the Zero Threshold Concept
329
Whats Real Whats
341
Just Maybe The Sky Isnt Falling Edward C Krug
351
Root Causes of Extremist Activity Max Singer
363
A Different Look at Environmentalism Jay H Lehr
369
GreenhouseGlobal Warming
391
The Great Greenhouse Debate Hugh W Ellsaesser
404
Carbon Dioxide and Global Change Sherwood B Idso
414
Its the Water Peter E Black
433
Landfills
439
South Dakota is the Answer What is the Question? Jay H Lehr
445
Ozone
535
From Acid Rain to Ozone Hugh
546
Population Growth is Not
555
World Food Abundance Trade and the Natural
578
Radiation Around Us Dixy Lee Ray
589
The Radioactive Waste Disposal Problem Bernard L Cohen
606
Radon
619
A Way to Make a Little Money Jane M Orient
627
Less Wasteful than Recycling Clark Wiseman
637
A Critique of the Statistical Methodology in Radiation and Human
641
Two Theses in Radiobiology T D Luckey
660
Toxicological Risk Assessment Distortions Jay H Lehr
673
A New Measure of Risk Jay H Lehr684
684
Scientific Processes
691
The Serious Error Inherent in a Doomsday View Max Singer
699
Do We Understand It? Jay H Lehr
713
Can We Learn It? Jay H Lehr
725
The Green Lobbys Dirty Tricks Gerald Sirkin
736
Toxicology
751
A Matter of Massive Miscalculation Jay H Lehr
769
Wetlands
779
The Swamp Thing Rick Henderson
791
A Threatening Issue Jay H Lehr
799
WildernessWhat Can We Expect for the Future? Jo Ann Kwong
809
The Toxicity of Environmentalism George G Reisman
819
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JAY H. LEHR, Ph.D., is former director of the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, Professor of Hydrogeology at the Ohio State University and author of more than 300 technical papers and 10 textbooks on environmental science.

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