15 May 2011

Book Review

For some reason, environmentalists have managed to convince people that they actually care for the environment.  Fortunately, Iain Murray is here to set the record straight on everything from Al Gore to the Yellowstone wildfires.

In part one, Murray demonstrates how environmentalism is fundamentally anti-human.  In the first place, he focuses on how bans on DDT, the pet cause for environmentalists back in the 90s, led to an increase in misery and death in Africa even though DDT had not been conclusively demonstrated to make bird’s egg shells more brittle, as had been alleged.  In fact, the ban of DDT was without positive effects.  Additionally, Murray demonstrates how the pro-ethanol movement has led to increased starvation the world over, particularly in South America.  This is because corn is dietary staple in South America; it is also the main ingredient in ethanol.  Unsurprisingly, ethanol is energy-negative produce (meaning that it takes more energy to produce ethanol than is generated).  Again, the environmental movement advocates a policy that is all cost and no benefit.

In part two, Murray outlines the hypocrisy of the environmental movement.  First, he shows how environmentalists give a free pass for the pollution created by companies that manufacture the pill.  Since birth control among environmentalists, they are more than happy to overlook the environmental damage caused by the manufacturing of the pill.  He then documents how environmentalist dogma led to the massive wildfire in Yellowstone National Park.  Apparently, massive destruction of the environment is perfectly acceptable, but only if it is caused by natural means.  For some reason, environmentalists view humans as unnatural, which means that human stewardship interference is likewise unnatural and therefore wrong.

In part three, Murray shows how central planning, environmentalists’ most commonly proposed solution to the dangers facing the environment, is futile at best and destructive at worst.  He presents the fire on the Cuyahoga River, the Endangered Species Act, and the disappearance of the Aral Sea as evidence for how destructive central planning can be for the environment. Murray concludes this section and the book by offering an alternative proposal based on the biblical concept of environmental stewardship.
Throughout the book, there is a common theme of environmentalism as a form of mysticism, of religion.  Given that hardcore environmentalists are often Marxists, and generally refuse to change their minds in light of logic and facts, the charge of being a pseudo-religion appears to be spot-on.  In fact, Murray makes a convincing argument that environmentalism is the natural heir of Marxism.

Another major theme throughout the book is that environmentalists have done worse than capitalists when it comes to protecting the environment.  Again, this speaks to the inherent Marxist qualities of the movement, for the solution has to be on their terms; it cannot be a side effect of prosperity.  Funnily enough, most environmentalists feel a sense of guilt, which requires penance naturally enough.  The need to feel some form of suffering appears to have the effect of clouding their judgment, which is why they pursue insane and idiotic strategies that wind up doing more harm than good.

At any rate, this book is a must-read for anyone and everyone who has any interest whatsoever in the environmental movement.  The Really Inconvenient Truths is chock full of well-researched facts that refute all the asinine claims made by the Enviro-Marxists.  Additionally, it is full of logical, easily-grasped arguments that should convince any honest and open-minded person that environmentalism is bad for the environment.  Thus, this book serves as a powerful, conclusive resource on the subject of environmentalism.  It should be on everyone’s bookshelf.


  1. Great review, thanks. I've always heard that environmentalism was the great refuge of Communists in the West...in other words, in order to survive, Reds became Greens, and their Marxism just kept chugging along.

  2. I guess they figured it would be easier to prey on fears about the environment after the predictions of increasing poverty through capitalism fell flat.

  3. Among the MI and Lewrockwell.com crowd they refer to environmentalists as "watermellons," green on the outside and pinko on the inside. It's Marxism with eschatology added to it.