Category Archives: Book Reviews

Environmental Economist

Gernot Wagner is, as he admits amusingly, a seeming contradiction: an environmental economist. Readers will perceive a second contradiction: he’s an economist and policy wonk who you would actually want to talk to at a party.  Unintended consequences are always a bugaboo with government policy.  Wagner explains  in his new book But Will the Planet Notice, How Smart Economics Can Save the Worldwhy the no expenses spared aspect of the Endangered Species Act makes it do more harm than good, but why a cap and trade is imperative.  . . . more>>

Fracking Good Read

At Torrey House Press we hope to create wider appreciation for the conservation issues in the American West through philosophy and literature.  People’s Press came out with a novel this year that is a good prototype of the kind of thing we would like to publish down the road.  Buried by the Roan is a murder mystery set in the Flat Tops Wilderness in western Colorado.   The mountain wild and the oil and gas industry’s hydraulic fracking both play major roles in the drama.  Congratulations to author Mark Stevens.  . . . . more>> Reviewed in the Colorado Springs Independent here and in High Country News here.

Chas. S. Clifton on Eric Blehm’s THE LAST SEASON

. . . backcountry rangers are like the adjunct professors who teach more than half all all university classes.. They do the work, but they have no job security from one year to the next. They have no pension plans and far fewer benefits than permanent employees. And Randy Morgenson was past the middle of his career.  His marriage was going downhill.  One day, he missed his radio check, part of the routine for backcountry rangers who camped out and worked alone. And the next day.  His colleagues grew worried . . . more>>

It’s a Global Garden

It doesn’t have to be pure wilderness to be valuable as natural landscape.  “We are already running the whole Earth, whether we admit it or not. To run it consciously and effectively, we must admit our role and even embrace it. We must temper our romantic notion of untrammeled wilderness and find room next to it for the more nuanced notion of a global, half-wild rambunctious garden, tended by us.”  From Emma Marris’s new book  Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World   more>>