A poverty of reason sustainable development and economic growth beckerman wilfred on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a poverty of reason sustainable development and economic growth. The sustainable development movement claims to support environmental and human well being but a poverty of reason sustainable development and economic growth by wilfred beckerman shows this is not the case support for sustainable development is based on confusion about its ethical implications and on a flagrant disregard of the relevant . Beckerman explains in his new book a poverty of reason sustainable development and economic growth the independent institute 2002 support for sustainable development beckerman writes is based on a confusion about its ethical implications and on a flagrant disregard of the relevant factual evidence. Beckerman an oxford economist takes on three phrases frequently invoked in debates over environmental policy sustainable development the precautionary principle and intergenerational equity he demonstrates that each is highly problematic and that some interpretations of them could have detrimental effects on the worlds poor and on future generations beckerman finds clear . In this detailed economic investigation of sustainable development a noted professor of economics argues that many of the alarms commonly sounded by environmentalists are in fact unfounded and that current sustainable development policies should be reconsidered in light of their effects on the earths human population such as increased poverty and environmental degradation in developing
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