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Political disagreement over how the U.S. government has and should respond to national and global environmental problems sets the foundation for discussion in Controversial Issues in Environmental Policy. Kent Portney shows how value disputes have found their way into the policymaking process, pitting the values of science, technology, and economics against the practice of politics. Within this context, the author examines how the American government makes environmental policy--at federal and state levels, as well as their enforcement agencies designed to protect and regulate the environment. A succinct description is offered of the processes followed by federal agencies, especially the processes and problems found in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Portney also discusses legislation, public opinion, implementation, and non-implementation over water, air, and soil management ...

The Context of Environmental Policy-Making in America
The context of environmental policy-making in America

This book is principally about public environmental policies in the United States, and many of the controversies surrounding these environmental policies. When people speak of controversies, they are usually speaking of disagreements between or among people. These disagreements sometimes focus on whether some event or trend can actually be considered an environmental problem worthy of public policy attention. For example, there will be a review of the debate about whether depletion of the ozone layer of the atmosphere can really called a problem. There is today some disagreement about this issue, and the reader will be exposed to the different positions in this debate.

Sometimes disagreements focus on what, if anything, should be ...

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