Ecology and Economics: Controlling Pollution in the 70s

Ecology and Economics: Controlling Pollution in the 70s

Ecology and Economics: Controlling Pollution in the 70s

Ecology and Economics: Controlling Pollution in the 70s

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Since the preparation of Controlling Pollution: The Economics of a Cleaner America the subject of environmental disruption has become one of the major issues of the age. Much to our shame, it will probably remain an issue for the foreseeable future. This interest and urgency has made the enlargement of the book both easier and harder. Compared to five. years ago, much more information has been published about the subject. While this new information increases our understanding, it also makes it difficult to hold the material that should be discussed to a manageable size.

Of all the projects that I have embarked upon in my academic career, the study of environmental disruption has been perhaps the most rewarding. The sincere concern of people in this country, the USSR, Japan, and England whom I have spoken with revives my spirits in what otherwise would be a depressing age. If man can indeed respond when he is made to see how his irrational abuse of nature can bring destruction upon the world, perhaps he may also respond someday to the irrational abuse of man by man.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Because a subject like pollution necessitates the knowledge of many disciplines, I have had to seek help from several of my associates. Above all, thanks must be expressed to Robert Shoop, Owen Stratton, Gerald Parker, and Lydia Goodhue. Otto Eckstein has also been gracious with his advice. In addition, I am grateful for the efforts of Merry Levering who worked with me on the preparation of the final manuscript, and to the students in my first class in the Economics of Pollution who taught me as much as I hope I taught them.

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