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How the Government Got in Your Backyard: Superweeds, Frankenfoods, Lawn Wars, and the (Nonpartisan) Truth About Environmental Policies

How the Government Got in Your Backyard: Superweeds, Frankenfoods, Lawn Wars, and the (Nonpartisan) Truth about Environmental Policies - Jeff Gillman, Eric Heberlig What a great little book this is! It is not dry at all, but rather, very interesting and well written, even with humor, at times. The politics is explained without the bias, "just the facts, ma'am, just the facts!" All sorts of issues are discussed and parsed, regarding the government and the environment. You, the reader, can make up your mind about what you agree with or disagree with, but at least you will be better informed to do that after reading this book.
Who really makes the decisions? Are they made using the best possible information or because of the best performer presenting the case, in other words, is it the presenter or the presentation that is most influential? Are decisions made because of efficacy or expedience? Do politicians decide issues based on their reelection or the public need? Is the science presented accurately or misrepresented for political benefit for certain decisions, as in global warming or the Gulf spill? Are there times when facts are skewed to influence a necessary decision or is that simply hype? Are the perks to the politician sometimes considered more than the actual issue? Are the lobbyists too influential or do they serve a necessary purpose? Are they needed to expose all sides of an investigation or do they do more harm than good to a cause celebre.
For me, the politics trumped the substance very often. Now you read it and decide how you feel and what you think.