Been brown so long it looked like green to me: the politics of nature

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Common Courage Press, 2004 - History - 407 pages
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From the co-founder of CounterPunch, "America's best political newsletter" (Out of Bounds Magazine) comes a comprehensive seven-part reader on environmental politics. Covering everything from toxics to electric power plays, St. Clair gives you a shocking view of how money and power determine the state of our environment. St. Clair names the culprits and exposes the deeds. The book opens with Oregon as a metaphor for the nation. Now becoming "Californicated," Oregon's mythological beauty is transforming into just that: more myth every day. In Been Brown So Long, It Looked Like Green to Me you'll meet: Bill Clinton, "saving" Yellowstone National Park from the miners. This turned out to be a thinly disguised a payoff of Noranda who was given leases on other federal lands. Not to be outdone is Chainsaw George. Bush II is out to stop forest fires by stopping forests. But St. Clair also profiles the heroes like David Chain who gave his life fighting for the forest, and founder of Friends of the Earth David Brower railing against the -increasing conformity of the environmental movement. From the struggle over the lobo wolf in New Mexico to the fight to save the Grizzly (in Idaho), from the shooting of wild Bison in Montana to how the Sierra Club provided the cover for a federal program that shoveled federal lands into the hands of private investors, St. Clair gives a well-rounded account of where the environment stands -today-and what to do about it. Praise for Jeffrey St. Clair's White Out: The CIA, Drugs and the Press: "A history of hypocrisy and political interference the like of which only Frederick Forsyth in a dangerous caffeine frenzy could make up."-The Guardian

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Opening Statements The Map Is Not the Territory
Parti The Politics of Expediency and Exploitation
Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green to Me

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Jeffrey St. Clair is an award-winning investigative journalist, co-editor of political newsletter CounterPunch and author of nine books, including Whiteout: the CIA, Drugs and the Press, Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green to Me: the Politics of Nature and Imperial Crusades: Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia.

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