The Green Crusade, by Charles T. Rubin
Charles T. Rubin grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where in the early 1960′s chimneys belched black smoke into the air, waste pipes discharged raw sewage into a “dying” Lake Erie, and the murky Cuyahoga River actually caught fire. In the fifth grade, Miss Spere, “one of the best teachers I ever had,” introduced Rubin to the fledgling science of ecology. Not surprisingly, Rubin became a junior environmentalist, more eager to celebrate a friend’s birthday by touring a local sewage plant than by going to a bowling party.
Three decades later, as an associate professor of political science at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Rubin, having dropped out of the green movement, has become one of its toughest critics. In The Green Crusade, he offers an analysis of the movement’s continuing public appeal and astonishing political success.
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