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Ivo Vegter talks to Times Live

Ivo Vegter talks to Times Live

"Extreme Environment's concerns are broader than dealing with the claims of the "anti-fracking movement" - most are exaggerations or patently untrue, he claimed - and examine a trend among environmentalists of using fear "to promote a perversely conservative and oppressive form of government".

The media, Vegter argues, are often complicit in these campaigns - journalists are traditionally sympathetic to narratives that purport to speak the truth to economic or political power - and "emotional environmentalism" would tend to displace dull statistics or unsensational facts.

Its back cover carries the teaser "The most controversial book of 2012?", and perhaps it is..."

Read the full story on Times Live by clicking here

About the book:

Extreme Environment promises to provoke fresh – and spirited – debate about the modern environmental movement and the many ways in which environmentalism, media, economics, public policy and the politics of liberty intersect.

In order to reduce poverty and continue to raise living standards, a sensible, balanced approach to a healthy, productive environment is required. No country, but especially not those in the developing world, can afford to be manipulated by the self-interested moralising and alarmism perpetrated by some special interest groups.

"If you’re looking for a balanced perspective on environmental issues, this book is for you. If you’re a banner waving ill-informed environmental radical, then this book is about you!" - @digitalscalpel, Blogs24 member

Click here for more information on Extreme Environment, or read an extract here

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