July 25, 2012, 4:06 am News

Posted 25 July 2012

"Pascal Bruckner has incited such fury with a diatribe against green prophesiers of imminent planetary ruin, the reaction has surprised even this veteran of the trans-Atlantic culture wars. 'The planet is sick. Man is guilty of having destroyed it. He must pay,' is how Bruckner caustically portrays the received wisdom on environmental “sin” and damnation in his latest book Le fanatisme de l’Apocalypse* (The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse*). 'Consider . . . the famous carbon footprint that we all leave behind us,' he writes in his introduction. 'What is it, after all, if not the gaseous equivalent of original sin, of the stain that we inflict on our Mother Gaia by the simple fact of being present and breathing?'   From the *Australian Financial Review*

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