Arguing that number-crunching should never replace thoughtful, democratic discussion of policy, the book also includes a particularly timely discussion of why only military expenditure is afforded the kind of moral weight the authors wish was put on other issues.
Frank Ackerman is an economist at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. He has served as a consultant to various environmental and regulatory agencies. He is the co-founder of Dollars and Sense magazine. Lisa Heinzerling is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. As Frank Ackerman and Lisa Heinzerling point out... it is hardly clear why the same logic [of short term investments] should apply to the value of our great-grandchildren. - The New York Times Magazine Ackerman and Heinzerling combine sophisticated criticism and a provocative policy perspective with an accessible style and an eye for contemporary political issues.- Harvard Law Review A damning indictment of cost-benefit analysis applied to health and environmental protection. - Robert F. Kennedy Jr