Today environmental advocacy groups are mired in Washington politics, bureaucratic infighting, and corrupt insider-dealing. Some green activists fear their movement is losing its vision. But Bonner R. Cohen, a veteran observer of the movement, argues that the problem is the movement’s hardening of vision. Environmental groups are determined to impose their priorities on every segment of society, and they have grown increasingly powerful in Washington and at the United Nations, and influential in corporate boardrooms, in churches, and with the media.
The Green Wave: Environmentalism and Its Consequences describes how activists created an ideology that now dominates public debate–and a movement of nonprofit groups that is well-organized and well funded. Whether the issue is energy exploration or agricultural production, public land use or private property rights, business ethics or government policies, advocates for “the environment” insist that their concerns must always come first. And they usually get their way.
Bonner Cohen’s The Green Wave is must reading. It masterfully exposes the inner workings of the nonprofit groups and foundation philanthropies that set the environmental agenda–and shape our daily lives.
Bonner R. Cohen serves as senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research and as senior policy analyst for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. He has written widely on environmental issues for over fifteen years. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, National Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, Washington Times, and dozens of other newspapers around the country. As a correspondent, he has covered environmental issues around the globe, from Japan, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland to Morocco, Turkey, Bangladesh, Australia, and South Africa. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and before subcommittees of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, House Resources Committee, and House Judiciary Committee. Cohen received a Ph.D. summa cum laude from the University of Munich and a B.A. from the University of Georgia.