Making Environmental Law: The Politics of Protecting the Earth

Making Environmental Law: The Politics of Protecting the Earth

Making Environmental Law: The Politics of Protecting the Earth

Making Environmental Law: The Politics of Protecting the Earth


The U.S. federal government first began to consider legislation to protect the environment and natural resources in 1940s. Since that time, Congress and the president have considered and passed numerous environmental policies- laws that serve to protect the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink, the natural beauty of the land, and the animals that live both on land and in the water.

In Making Environmental Law: The Politics of Protecting the Earth, experienced and accomplished environmental law researcher Nancy E. Marion shows what policies Congress have proposed and passed to protect the environment over time. Each chapter focuses on the members of Congress's response to a different environmental concern, such as ocean dumping, pesticides, and solid waste. With "green" awareness now affecting every aspect of our modern world, this text serves as an invaluable reference for students and researchers who need a deeper historical background on the political aspects of these issues.


Protecting the environment has become a concern to both citizens and politicians over the past century. Realizing that a poor environment affects the health of citizens as well as the health of the nation, presidents and the Congress have suggested and passed many different policies to maintain the quality of the air, water, and other natural resources.

The current book is an analysis of the federal response to environmental issues. It provides a look into the political process and explores the presidential support, legislative actions, and court decisions that have influenced environmental policy. Each chapter seeks to explain key developments in a specific environmental policy area. The book will be relevant for the environmental community and for others who are concerned with finding solutions to environmental problems. The purpose of this book is to provide a systematic account of how American environmental policy has developed and to answer the question, What is the state of environmental policy, and how has it changed over the years?

Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of pollution and the action taken to reduce the impact it might have on the environment and human health. Chapter 2 provides an analysis of policy created to diminish air pollution, and water pollution is the topic of chapter 3. The fourth chapter focuses on the congressional response to ocean pollution. Chapter 5 demonstrates congressional activity regarding pesticides, while chapter 6 looks at the problems and solutions revolving around solid waste. Toxic and hazardous waste is the focus of chapter 7. Chapter 8 examines public policy to protect wilderness land, and chapter 9 focuses on policies to protect endangered species.

Overall, the book provides a summary of environmental policy in the United States over time. It shows readers what issues were addressed by elected officials, as well as what issues were ignored. In the end, readers will have a greater understanding of how environmental policy came to be and where it is headed for the future.

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