Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green to Me The Politics of Nature
Jeffrey St. Clair
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Edition: 6x9, 380 pages pages
"Jeffrey St Clair loves nature and understands politics. He's the best, the most radical environmental writer in America. " --Alexander Cockburn
"St. Clair has verbalized the anger of an entire generation." --John Blair, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for News Photography
"Jeffrey St. Clair is the best eco-journalist in the nation. Period. Who else can so artfully combine talents akin to Rachel Carson's wisdom, I.F. Stone's erudition, and Edward Abbey's sass? This is a classic-in-waiting." --Michael Colby, editor of Wild Matters
"Investigative, unbought and blistering. This is what the true West looks like, and it's not for the faint of heart." --Susan Davis author of Spectacular Nature: Corporate Culture and the Sea World Experience
"Compassionate, beautiful, baleful. It belongs on a shelf with the works of Rachael Carson, Peter Mathiessen, Edward Hoagland, Bill McKibben and John McPhee." --Ben Sonnenberg, author of Lost Property
"Sucks you right in." --Bernd Heinrich, author of Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
Award-winning investigative journalist Jeffrey St. Clair presents a shocking look at the war on the home front: the battle against the earth. From the ancient forests of Oregon to the toxic wasteland of Cancer Alley, St. Clair exposes the convergence of forces that are driving the exploitation of the environment: corrupt politicians, greed-driven corporadoes, apathetic bureaucrats and complicit corporate media, owned and funded by the very same businesses that are driving the ruination of the natural world.
St. Clair shows how the compromises of the Clinton era, from the hollowing of the Endangered Species Act to loosening of rules on toxic chemicals, opened the door for the wholesale rape-and-pillage of the Bush years.
Unsparing, yes. But not hopeless. From Apaches in Arizona fighting the Vatican's telescope on their sacred mountain to tree-sitters in the California redwoods, St. Clair chronicles a vibrant new movement is confronting the forces of despoliation at every turn, united in their demand for environmental justice.