Government Vs. Environment

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-04-09
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Many Americans today view the government as the savior of the environment. When it comes to protecting land, fish, and wildlife, the common response is to let government do it. The contributors to Government Versus the Environment encourage us to consider government in a different light by looking at clear instances of public programs that foster environmental destruction. They provide an in-depth look at of how the political process can adversely impact the quality of our environment and argue that the government's track record in managing natural resources has been and continues to be abysmal. The case studies in Government Versus the Environment will cause readers to think twice about the all-too-familiar calls for more government for the sake of the environment.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. vii
Prologuep. ix
Greener Pastures? The Defective Attraction of Federal Environmental Policyp. 1
Silent Springs and Silent Villages: Pesticides and the Trampling of Property Rightsp. 15
Fueling the Race to the Fishp. 39
Federal Flood Policies: 150 Years of Environmental Mischiefp. 59
Unplugging the Evergladesp. 79
War on Wildlifep. 97
The Untouchables: America's National Forestsp. 123
Banking on Disaster: The World Bank and Environmental Destructionp. 145
All Play and No Pay: The Adverse Effects of Welfare Recreationp. 163
Castles in the Sand: The Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Beach Replenishmentp. 179
Indexp. 197
About the Political Economy Forum Seriesp. 203
About the Contributorsp. 205
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