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Polluting For Pleasure Hardcover – Jul 6 1993

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton (July 6 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393035107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393035100
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.2 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,063,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Stating that "we have clearly failed in our stewardship" of the environment, boat builder and sailor Mele offers a pointed, if sometimes technical, indictment of the recreational boat industry, citing its major contribution to air and water pollution. Though Mele's writing lacks grace, his arguments should spur much debate. He probes "boating's remarkably enduring immunity" to anti-pollution initiatives, denounces the federal government's failure to push for fuel efficiency and criticizes the male boat buyer's desire for speed and power. Mele surveys possible cleaner energy sources for boats and suggests improvements in boat design. He concludes with a series of recommendations for government, citizens and the boating industry. A wake-up call.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Mele, a former navy signalman and boat builder and designer, posits a strong, well-developed, and fully documented argument that pleasure boating is harmful to the environment. He notes that the oil and hydrocarbon pollution caused by such boating is the equivalent of 40 Exxon Valdez disasters every year, yet it goes largely unnoticed. The two-cycle outboard engine is a notorious fuel waster subject to no emissions controls. The smoke from a starting outboard motor is linked to smog, emphysema, and lung cancer, while oil on the surface layer of tidal estuaries has toxic effects on marine species. In response, Mele urges, among other things, that the two-cycle outboard motor be replaced by a clean-burning four-cycle motor and that motors using battery and electric power be developed. He also recommends that the federal and state governments offer tax credits and subsidies for nonpolluting technologies and that emission limits for pleasure boats be established. For all environmental and boating collections.
- Judith B. Barnett, Pell Marine Science Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Kingston
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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