About the Author
Paul Driessen is a senior fellow with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Committee for A Constructive Tomorrow, and the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, which are nonprofit public policy institutes.
During a 25-year career that included staff tenures with the United States Senate, Department of Interior and an energy trade association he has spoken and written frequently.
Reveals a dark secret of the ideological environmental movement. The movement imposes the views of mostly wealthy, comfortable Americans and Europeans on mostly poor, desperate Africans, Asians and Latin Americans. It violates these people's most basic human rights, denying them economic opportunities, the chance for better lives, the right to rid their countries of diseases that were vanquished long ago in Europe and the United States.
Patrick Moore, Greenpeace co-founder
"This book is the first one I've seen that tells the truth and lays it on the line."
Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Toward Tradition
"Eco-Imperalism provides terrific intellectual ammunition and is outstandingly written."
CS Prakash, Professor of plant genetics, Tuskegee University
"Developing countries need to be free to make their own decisions how to improve their people's lives. Great book!"
A review from Gary Griffith, Los Altos Hills, CA, July 30, 2004
Follow the Money
The premise of Paul Driessen's sobering 'Eco-Imperialism' is as straightforward as it is chilling: the increasingly radical agenda of the so-called green movement is stifling economic development in the third world and, worst, resulting in the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of millions. Is argument is presented with clarity and fact - as well fed affluent bureaucrats of the EU, the UN, the US, and any number of environmental protection groups force their unfounded radical views on developing nations, the basic steps in economic evolution to these nations are being denied, virtually eliminating any hope for improvement. Issues ranging from alternative energy source, genetically modified food, sweatshop labor, global warming and others are reviewed in enough detail to make the points, sparing the reader of the often endless graphs, charts, and minutia that often accompany books of this type. In an interesting twist, Driessen does not limit this criticism to the political bureaucrats and radical activists, but also points a finger at global corporations. On one hand, rather than standing up to the junk science and extreme positions of the radical green movement, most large corporations are simply rolling over, acquiescing to these economically dangerous demands. On the other hand, a number of corporations - most notably BP, to which Driessen delivers some well-deserved body blows - are allowing the Greens to play into their hands, duping the public into believing their pro-environmental purity, while in fact simply spinning clever PR smoke. BP, for example, would profit greatly from acceptance of the Kyoto accord through their natural gas business, while continuing to grow oil revenues and profit.
Drinker of the Green Kool Aid will undoubtedly dismiss 'Eco-Imperialism' out-of-hand, falling back on their tired and tiresome accusations of Driessen as simply another 'corporate pawn.' However, as Driessen so forcefully articulates, it is in fact the fat cat bureaucrat environmentalists and politicians who are profiting at the expense of struggling third world nations. This is a proactive and chilling expose - should be required reading in all US Public Schools, if for no other reason as balance to the steady diet green pabulum our students are fed today.
A review from:
Dennis Avery, an author, December 11, 2003, Environmental Movement Has Been Needlessly Anti-Human "Paul Dreissen forcefully makes the case that the environmental movement has been needlessly anti-human. The real moral and technical challenge is to save both planet and people, and we've been given the intelligence and societal skills to do it. Hopefully, with the human population surge now ending, we'll feel free to be humane again."