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Environmental Policy in Context: Economic Demand, Political Supply
Environmental policy in context: Economic demand, political supply

Not too long ago, swamps and bogs were commonly thought of as smelly, ugly eyesores. The wetlands recognized today as valuable resources for maintaining environmental quality were looked upon as expendable impediments to progress. Most people would have considered anybody draining them and creating economic activity as improving society both aesthetically and economically. Government policy aided wetlands destruction as a means of encouraging economic growth; for example, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers routinely filled in swamps. Wetlands in the United States disappeared at a rapid rate, with more than half now destroyed.

But times have changed. For one thing, scientists came to realize that wetlands were extremely environmentally important and ...

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