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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Book Recommendation: Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns

Here's a book recommendation:
Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns - Edited by Jay H. Lehr (ISBN: 0-442-01146-6)

Available via addAll for under $10, including shipping.

This book is a collection of essays by different people, mostly scientists. Most of the essays are short, but very well footnoted. Topics covered include "acid rain", DDT, carcinogens, absetos, ozone, radon, recycling, and even global warming.

If you get hold of the book, flip to the essay on DDT by J.Gordon Edwards, Ph.d,. Twelve pages later you'll have a different perspective of environmentalists. Most of the other essays will add to the inductions.

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  • Edwards? Good God.

    Be sure to check his footnotes, and track down his sources. I'll wager dollars to doughnuts that anything this Lyndon Larouche disciple had to say about environmentalists is dead wrong.

    I've been working on a list of DDT issues he made for about a year. So far, of more than 60 notes I've been able to check out, not one supports his claims. 100% inaccuracy is a high goal, but he may achieve it.

    Better, readers should get the 40th anniversary copy of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, and read that. It's still accurate after all these years.

    By Blogger Ed Darrell, at 10:26 AM  

  • I have no personal knowledge of Edwards, so I'll reproduce his autobiography, as presented in the book itself.

    "J. Gordon Edwards, Ph.D. "

    "Dr. J. Gordon Edwards is a professor of biology at San Jose State University. he served as a ranger naturalist for nine summers in Glacier National Park, and has been a graduate assistant at The Ohio State University in Entomology and Ornithology."

    "He received a B.S. in botany/zoology from Butler University in 1942; an M.S. in entomology (1947) and a Ph.D in entomology from The Ohio State University (1949)."

    "Dr. Edwards is author of 'Cleoptera East of the great Plains' published in 1949; 'Climbers Guide to Glacier National Park, Montana' published by the Sierra Club Press in 1961 (last revision May 1991); and has contributed chapters in many books. He has written an published numerous journal articles contributing to 'Wasmann Journal of Biology', 'Coleopterists Bulletin', 'Systematic Zoology' and 'Pan Pacific Entomologist'."

    "He is a Fellow, California Academy of Science (300 life fellows only)."

    So, in summary, unless you have some real objections to his qualifications, as opposed to interjections like "Good God!", they are meaningless.

    More importantly, the point is not to trust Edwards. he is only providing was amounts to a quick summary of the "other side" of the DDT view, and does so with over 150 footnotes that can be followed up by anyone curious enough to examine things further.

    By Blogger softwareNerd, at 4:06 PM  

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