Recommended Books on Free-Market Environmentalism

Published August 1, 2000

Top Picks

Six books, two of them brand new and three dating back as far as 1993, deliver a complete overview of environment issues from a sound science, market-based perspective. The national debate over environment policy would be transformed if these books were more widely read.

Ronald Bailey, editor, Earth Report 2000, McGraw Hill, New York, NY, 362 pp. (2000)

S. Robert Lichter & Stanley Rothman, Environmental Cancer – A Political Disease? Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 235 pp. (1999)

Michael Sanera and Jane S. Shaw, Facts, Not Fear, Regnery Publishing, Washington, DC, 269 pp. (second edition, 1999)

Joseph L. Bast, Peter J. Hill, and Richard C. Rue, Eco-Sanity: A Common-Sense Guide to Environmentalism, Madison Books, Lanham, MD, 316 pp. (second edition, 1996)

Julian L. Simon, editor, The State of Humanity, Blackwell Publishers, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 694 pp. (1995)

Michael Fumento, Science Under Siege, William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, NY, 448 pp. (1993)

Environmental Movement

Ron Arnold, Undue Influence, The Free Enterprise Press, Bellevue, WA, 325 pp. (1999)

Ron Arnold, EcoTerrorism: The Violent Agenda to Save Nature, The Free Enterprise Press, Bellevue, WA, 324 pp. (1997)

Steven Milloy, Science Without Sense, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, 68 pp. (1995)

Mark Neal and Christie Davies, The Corporation Under Siege, The Social Affairs Unit, London, England, 123 pp. (1998)

Daniel T. Oliver, Animal Rights: The Inhumane Crusade, Capital Research Center, Washington, DC, 232 pp. (second edition, 1999)

James M. Sheehan, Global Greens: Inside the International Environmental Establishment, Capital Research Center, Washington, DC, 213 pp. (1998)

Julian Simon, Hoodwinking the Nation, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, 140 pp. (1999)

Global Climate Change

Robert Mendelsohn and James E. Neumann, editors, The Impact of Climate Change on the United States Economy, Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 331 pp. (1999)

Patrick J. Michaels and Robert C. Balling, Jr., The Satanic Gases: Clearing the Air about Global Warming, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, 234 pp. (2000)

William D. Nordhaus, editor, Economics and Policy Issues in Climate Change, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, 324 pp. (1998)

S. Fred Singer, Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming’s Unfinished Debate, The Independent Institute, Oakland, CA, 110 pp. (1997)

Charls E. Walker, Mark A. Bloomfield, and Margo Thorning, editors, Climate Change Policy: Practical Strategies to Promote Economic Growth and Environmental Quality, American Council for Capital Formation, Washington, DC, 208 pp. (1999)

Health and Safety

National Research Council, Hormonally Active Agents in the Environment, National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 430 pp. (1999)

Peter VanDoren, Chemicals, Cancer, and Choices, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, 99 pp. (1999)

Property Rights and Takings

Randy E. Barnett, The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 347 pp. (1998)

James Bovard, Freedom in Chains, St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY, 326 pp. (1999)

John Carlisle, National Directory of Environmental Victims 2000, National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC, 85 pp. (2000)

Richard A. Epstein, Principles for a Free Society, Perseus Press, Reading, MA, 334 pp. (1998)

Andrei Shleifer and Robert W. Vishny, The Grabbing Hand: Government Pathologies and Their Cures, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 278 pp. (1998)

Sprawl and Smart Growth

James A. Dunn, Jr., Driving Forces: The Automobile, Its Enemies and the Politics of Mobility, Brookings Institution Press, Washington, DC, 230 pp. (1998)

James D. Johnston, Driving America: Your Car, Your Government, Your Choice, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, 235 pp. (1997)

Jane S. Shaw and Ronald D. Utt, editors, A Guide to Smart Growth, The Heritage Foundation and PERC (Political Economy Research Center), Washington, DC and Bozeman, MT, 166 pp. (2000)

Transportation Research Board, The Costs of Sprawl – Revisited, National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 268 pp. (1998)

Video Tapes

The Greening of Planet Earth (1992) and The Greening of Plant Earth Continues (1998), Greening Earth Society, Arlington, VA, 27 minutes each

Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death? ABC News Special Presentation, hosted by John Stossel, 46 minutes

For the Health of a River: The Story of the Tar River in Eastern North Carolina, Center for Policy and Legal Studies, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Talking About Overregulation, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, 20 minutes (1997)

The Costs of Kyoto, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, 57 minutes (1997)