"Environmental Skepticism: Ecology, Power and Public Life" by Peter J. Jacques Global Environmental Governance Ashgate, MPG Books Ltd | 2009 | ISBN: 075467102X 9780754671022 9780754689843 | 234 pages | PDF/djvu | 4/2 MB
While this book is specifically focused on environmental skepticism—a countermovement built on the premise that global environmental changes have been grossly exaggerated, misguided, or maliciously fabricated—the book before you is really an exploration of the ecology of public life in a world system where capitalism is king married to the ontology of possession.
Concentrated power in world politics is made up of ideas and supporting material resources and institutions. The material resources all come from nature, yet ecology is usually underappreciated in international relations as a source of power.
Powerful countries control resources, economic elites command value in ecology and more importantly, systems of power arrange ecological sources of power for their maintenance. A counter-environmental movement is afoot that is having important effects in world politics. This movement is 'environmental skepticism' which casts doubt upon the reality or importance of environmental problems, particularly those which threaten sustainability such as climate change, environmental epidemiological threats from chemicals, biodiversity loss, and renewable resources. Jacques examines the political implications and processes of environmental skepticism in the context of critical international relations theory and global ecological justice propositions.
About the Author
Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Science, Nature, and Environmental Skepticism
2 World Politics and Political Ecology
3 Civic-Ontological Implications of Environmental Skepticism
4 Biopolitics and Representation of the Other: Skepticism, Violence and Disposal
5 Environmental Skepticism and the Dynamics of Collapse
6 The Ecological Demos
Terms and Propositions
Appendix 1: Books Espousing Environmental Skepticism and Links to Conservative Think Tanks
Appendix 2: Conservative Think Tanks Interested in Environmental Issues