Endangered Species

Critical Thinking About Environmental Issues


By Randy T. Simmons

Greenhaven Press has launched a new series of books for young people called "Critical Thinking about Environmental Issues." Unlike many environmental books found in schools today, this series offers objective and balanced discussions of controversial issues. PERC Senior Associate Jane S. Shaw is the editor for the series.

Each book squarely addresses the controversies surrounding its topic. In Endangered Species, author Randy T. Simmons explores the difficulties of knowing how many species are actually endangered, looks at various efforts being made to save species. Simmons also raises the question of whether there is an underlying conflict, "species vs. people," that obstructs the resolution of problems.


Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, Michigan
2002, 112 pp.
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Randy T. Simmons is a political scientist who emphasizes the importance of economic reasoning to better understand public policy. He believes the study of politics cannot be separated from the study of markets. Simmons uses this framework to evaluate environmental and natural resource policies. The real challenge of the social process, as he sees...
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