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The Resource The bet : Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and our gamble over Earth's future, Paul Sabin

The bet : Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and our gamble over Earth's future, Paul Sabin

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The bet : Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and our gamble over Earth's future
Title
The bet
Title remainder
Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and our gamble over Earth's future
Statement of responsibility
Paul Sabin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The Bet uses a legendary wager between the Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich and the conservative University of Illinois economist Julian Simon to examine the roots of modern environmentalism and its relationship to broader political conflicts in the nation. Ehrlich, author of the landmark 1968 book The Population Bomb, believed that rising populations would cause overconsumption, scarcity, and disastrous famines. Simon countered that flexible markets, technological change, and human ingenuity would allow societies to adapt to changing circumstances and continue to improve human welfare. In 1980, they made a much-ballyhooed bet about the future prices of five metals that served as a proxy for their arguments about the future. The Bet weaves intellectual biographies of Ehrlich and Simon into the history of late twentieth-century environmental politics and other struggles of the era between liberals and conservatives. Humanity's larger gamble on the future still remains unresolved. By wrestling with the different sides of these arguments, The Bet encourages a more nuanced approach to environmental problems, one that acknowledges the limitations of both ecology and economics in guiding policy, and that instead emphasizes the conflicting values that underlie political choices. The Bet is structured around three bets: first, the $1000 bet that Ehrlich (and two colleagues) made with Simon over the prices of chromium, copper, nickel, tin, and tungsten; second, the bet that the United States faced in the 1980 presidential election in choosing between Carter and Reagan; and third, the larger gamble that we as a society continue to make as we make choices"--
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Provided by publisher
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1970-
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Sabin, Paul
Dewey number
333.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HC79.E5
LC item number
S213 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental policy
  • Ehrlich, Paul R
  • Simon, Julian Lincoln
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
  • SCIENCE / Environmental Science
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
  • Ehrlich, Paul R
  • Simon, Julian Lincoln
  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental policy
Label
The bet : Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and our gamble over Earth's future, Paul Sabin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-291) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Biologist to the rescue -- Dreams and fears of growth -- Listening to Cassandra -- The triumph of optimism -- Polarizing politics -- Betting the future of the planet
Control code
ocn830089542
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xv, 304 pages
Isbn
9780300176483
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013007845
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)830089542
  • (Sirsi) a1742125
Label
The bet : Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and our gamble over Earth's future, Paul Sabin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-291) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Biologist to the rescue -- Dreams and fears of growth -- Listening to Cassandra -- The triumph of optimism -- Polarizing politics -- Betting the future of the planet
Control code
ocn830089542
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xv, 304 pages
Isbn
9780300176483
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013007845
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)830089542
  • (Sirsi) a1742125

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