upon further review (sort of)
This way to half-baked summaries!
For the three of you who give a shit, I've had a mo to look over some of the Nordhaus and Shellenberger stuff. Since I've been able to only reserve a copy at the library, I'm in no position to speak authoritatively on any of their newer positions and/or conclusions, but it from what I've read it seems they've really gone and embraced enviro-justice as one of their fundamental building blocks for twenty-first century environmentalism, something they rather quaintly "discovered" in their "Death of..." thesis. Bully for them - for what its worth, a lot of people (me included) think that working towards environmental equity for everyone has a dynamic that manages to incorporate the interconnectedness of ecophilosophy, greens the complex cause-and-effect chain of society and industry nested in our communities, and lastly, provides a strong compromise in the anthropocentric-biocentric debate. Because of this broad reach and the workable application of what Deep Ecologists call "deep questioning," enviro justice may just come close to solving our myriad environmental crises (the impact of this is highlighted in a story posted on Common Dreams this morn), and certainly a crapton of political ones, too.
However, they jump two steps back by saying that the story of environmentalism in America for the new century has to be an optimistic tale, one of "American Power." From a framing perspective, the curtains don't match carpet: frames access values - values, then come issues, then legislative priorities - and American ingenuity and can-doism is good for our contemporary Babbitts, but it just doesn't mean anything - it doesn't resonate beyond mere sloganeering (which is what critics say is framing's all about). Speaking to values is where the positivity comes in, not by dressing our problems up in techno-glammy, We Can Do It! jibber-jabber. Not to mention the lack of supporting science.
But like I said, more after I get a chance at the book. Oh, and while redemption may come to you early one morning as some sort of prize, say from Sweden or wherever, congratualtions are due, but what happens, what needs to happen next is ultimately far more imporant for you and your friends and the whole planet, please and thank you very much.