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The Environmental Case
Translating Values Into Policy

Fifth Edition


August 2019 | 632 pages | CQ Press

Answers to environmental issues are not black and white. Debates around policy are often among those with fundamentally different values, and the way that problems and solutions are defined plays a central role in shaping how those values are translated into policy. The Environmental Case captures the real-world complexity of creating environmental policy, and this much-anticipated Fifth Edition contains fifteen carefully constructed cases. Through her analysis, Sara Rinfret continues the work of Judith Layzer and explores the background, players, contributing factors, and outcomes of each case, and gives readers insight into some of the most interesting and controversial issues in U.S. environmental policymaking.

 

 
About the Author
 
Preface
 
1. A Policymaking Framework: Defining Problems and Portraying Solutions in U.S. Environmental Politics
Two Critical Features of U.S. Environmental Policymaking  
Major Actors in Environmental Policymaking  
The Environmental Policymaking Process  
Case Selection  
Getting the Most Out of the Cases  
Notes  
 
Part 1: Regulating Polluters
 
2. The Nation Tackles Air and Water Pollution: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
3. Love Canal: Hazardous Waste and the Politics of Fear
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
4. Ecosystem-Based Management in the Chesapeake Bay
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
5. Market-Based Solutions: Acid Rain and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
Part 2: History, Changing Values, and Natural Resource Management
 
6. Oil Versus Wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Background  
The Case  
Obama Legacy  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
7. Federal Grazing Policy: Some Things Never Change
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
8. Jobs Versus the Environment: Saving the Northern Spotted Owl
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
9. Playground or Paradise? Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
10. Crisis and Recovery in the New England Fisheries
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
11. The Deepwater Horizon Disaster: The High Cost of Offshore Oil
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
Part 3: New Issues, New Politics
 
12. Climate Change: The Crisis of our Time
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
13. Cape Wind: If Not Here, Where? If Not Now, When?
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
14. Fracking Wars: Local and State Responses to Unconventional Shale Gas Development
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
15. Making Trade-Offs: Urban Sprawl and the Evolving System of Growth Management in Portland, Oregon
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
16. Post-Katrina: Lessons from a Disaster
Background  
The Case  
Outcomes  
Conclusions  
Questions to Consider  
Notes  
 
17. Conclusions: Politics, Values, and Environmental Policy Change
The Strength of the Status Quo  
Legislative Policy Change  
Administrative Policy Change  
Acknowledging the Role of Values  
Notes  
 
Index
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • The new edition has been updated to reflect the sweeping changes to environmental policy under the new Trump administration and its impact in every major area of environmental policy.
  • Many of the changes to this edition are within the “New Issues, New Politics” section.
    • Chapter 12 reveals how the Paris Accord set the tone for global policy on climate change. These efforts are highlighted by the fifth IPCC special report on global warming and United States’ fourth national climate assessment. 
    • The 2019 Democratic controlled House of Representatives shows promise for the “Green New Deal” – an economic stimulus approach to combat climate change. 
    • Chapter 16 documents how hurricanes post-Katrina can be viewed through the lens of environmental justice.
  • New coverage on how climate change has become the crisis of our time, one that demands a global response.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Maps, tables, figures, and questions to consider are provided to help students think critically about environmental policymaking and to facilitate further research.

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