Primary Colors with a Green Overtone
Frederick Anderson, a leading Washington lawyer who works on energy and environment issues, has written a novel about the current primary campaign. It features a candidate who starts thinking for himself, with predictably negative political effects. Gary Hart, who knows a thing or two about how a primary campaign can go wrong, calls it a “highly plausible narrative fashioned around believable characters and realistic political intrigue.”
Although it’s not explicitly about environmental issues, some passages seem quite on point. One character muses:
sometimes people don’t seem to know what a fact is, or what cause and effect are. They lack tools to link them. The form of a cause and effect is enough, and sometimes that is achieved by simple innuendo. Repeat with conviction that a false state of affairs exists, and by sheer repetition it accretes heft, acquires influence and moves the affairs of the nation.
I think we can all bring to mind some relevant, environmental examples.
Dan Farber has written and taught on environmental and constitutional law as well as about contracts, jurisprudence and legislation. Currently at Berkeley Law, he has al…READ more