For most of the time humans have inhabited the earth, our numbers were small, and the growth rate of our species was nearly zero. In other words, we were more-or-less in equilibrium with the natural world, as were most species. Not anymore.
Economic growth is the real third rail of American politics. Question it and you are immediately branded an outsider (or even a Marxist). Who doesn't want a rising tide that lifts all boats? Well, this is a good question to ask, and author Brian Czech bravely asks it, and many others.
The trade-off between economic growth and environmental protection is the most inconvenient of all truths to acknowledge, but it's better than a slide down the slippery slope of green-growth rhetoric. That could be a legacy breaker.