America's Environmental Legacies: Shaping Policy through by Franklin Kalinowski

By Franklin Kalinowski

This strong e-book makes a speciality of the potential of the yankee political method to answer ecological demanding situations via coverage views, the restrictions of our written structure, and the selection we muster to handle those exams of nationwide personality. positioned easily, this can be a publication approximately politics, coverage, and political will. Kalinowski brilliantly indicates that America’s collective will is located within the cultural values enunciated by way of the Founding Fathers and handed down via background with ameliorations. It contains the fundamental lacking component in selecting how we at the moment reply to crises. Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison had certain principles about the function that Nature may perhaps play sooner or later. spotting the origins and affects in their environmental legacies is the most important to reading the place American environmental politics is this day, how we came, and the place we would be headed.

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The problem will no longer be a problem. Obviously, the ideal situation would be to construct policies that are practical in both senses of the term: they would solve the problem, and we could get them put into practice. The dilemma occurs when society becomes confronted with policy issues that require us to move outside mainstream politics in order to discover and formulate workable policies. Unfortunately, environmental issues often seem to confront us with examples of the incompatibility between the two notions of practicality.

Free marketeers belong to the libertarian wing of neo-classical economics and reflect the premises and logic of that movement. It is seldom, for instance, that one reads a free market tract without seeing the name Friedrich Hayek used repeatedly. Other proponents of the Austrian school of economics such as Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises also appear with some regularity. Although elements of this libertarian economics have been part of our culture since the American Founding, they became specifically linked with environmental skepticism in 1991 when Terry L.

McGee and their advocacy of nuisance and trespass suits against polluters. ”26 As it turns out, Ron Paul’s free market America is going to be a highly litigious society. Trespass and nuisance cases, however, have significant drawbacks in dealing with environmental issues. They assume the damage has already been done (they cannot be used to prevent what would be obvious destruction before it occurs); they place the burden of proof on the defendants; and they instill strong incentives on polluters to mask their respon- THE SCOPE AND LIMITS OF MAINSTREAM ENVIRONMENTALISM 39 sibility for injuries they might be creating.

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