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Greens get real

Once there was cause for alarm about the environment, but no longer, claims Gregg Easterbrook; the greens can now go home. Not so.

It is hard not to be impressed by Gregg Easterbrook’s book, in all its elegant and learned 700-page gigantism. Here is a man with something to say and ample wherewithal to say it. It brims with confidence and pokes the environmentalist (like this one) firmly in the eye.

All the environmental problems you care to think of, and many you would rather not, are wheeled out and skilfully disembowelled; from the A of acid rain through biotechnology, chemical hazards, desertification, forest die-back and global warming, to the Z of a Dr Karl Zinsmeister’s obscure opinions on farming. But if you…

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