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The Resource The United States of excess : gluttony and the dark side of American exceptionalism, Robert Paarlberg

The United States of excess : gluttony and the dark side of American exceptionalism, Robert Paarlberg

Label
The United States of excess : gluttony and the dark side of American exceptionalism
Title
The United States of excess
Title remainder
gluttony and the dark side of American exceptionalism
Statement of responsibility
Robert Paarlberg
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Compared to other wealthy countries, America stands out as a gluttonous over-consumer of both food and fuel. The United States boasts an obesity prevalence double the industrial world average, and per capita carbon emissions twice the average for Europe. Still worse, the policy steps taken by America in response to obesity and climate change have so far been the weakest in the industrial world. These aspects of America's exceptionalism are nothing to be proud of. Is it possible that America is hard-wired to consume too much food and fuel? Unfortunately, yes, says Robert Paarlberg in The United States of Excess. America's excess is driven in each case by its distinct endowment of material and demographic resources, its unusually weak national political institutions, and a unique political culture that celebrates both individual freedoms over social responsibility, and free markets over governmental authority. America's over-consumption is shown to be over-determined. Because of these powerful underlying circumstances, America's strongest policy response, both to climate change and obesity, will be adaptation rather than mitigation. As the damaging consequences of climate change become manifest, America will not impose adequate measures to reduce fossil fuel consumption, attempting instead to protect itself from storms and sea-level rise through costly infrastructure upgrades. In response to the damaging health consequences of obesity, America will opt for medical interventions and physical accommodations, rather than the policy measures that would be needed to induce better diets or more exercise. These adaptation responses will generate serious equity problems, both at home and abroad. Responding to obesity with medical interventions will fall short for those in America most prone to obesity - racial minorities and the poor - since these groups have never enjoyed adequate access to quality health care. Responding to climate change by building more resilient infrastructures at home, while allowing atmospheric concentrations of CO2 to continue their increase, will impose greater climate disruption on poor tropical countries, which are far less capable of self-protection. Awareness of these inequities must be the starting point toward altering America's current path
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Paarlberg, Robert L
Dewey number
339.4/70973
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9006
LC item number
.P273 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Food consumption
  • Energy consumption
  • Energy policy
  • Obesity
  • Medical policy
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Economic policy
  • Energy consumption
  • Energy policy
  • Food consumption
  • Medical policy
  • Obesity
  • Politics and government
  • Social policy
  • United States
  • Food consumption
  • Energy consumption
  • Energy policy
  • Obesity
  • Medical policy
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The United States of excess : gluttony and the dark side of American exceptionalism, Robert Paarlberg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The origins of excess -- America the exception -- America's unusual material endowments -- America's unusual political institutions -- America's unusual culture -- America's response to excess -- Conclusion: America's excess and the world
Control code
ocn890127785
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 248 pages
Isbn
9780199922628
Lccn
2014030691
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
  • 40025023730
  • 9780199922628
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199922628
  • (OCoLC)890127785
Label
The United States of excess : gluttony and the dark side of American exceptionalism, Robert Paarlberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The origins of excess -- America the exception -- America's unusual material endowments -- America's unusual political institutions -- America's unusual culture -- America's response to excess -- Conclusion: America's excess and the world
Control code
ocn890127785
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 248 pages
Isbn
9780199922628
Lccn
2014030691
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
  • 40025023730
  • 9780199922628
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199922628
  • (OCoLC)890127785

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