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By Michael E. Kraft

Protecting international threats reminiscent of weather switch, inhabitants development, and lack of biodiversity, in addition to nationwide, country, and native difficulties of environmental pollutants, power use, and typical source use and conservation, this intriguing and specified textual content covers U.S. policy-making tactics, the legislative and administrative settings for coverage judgements, the position of curiosity teams and public opinion in environmental politics, and the general public guidelines that consequence.   delivering a succinct review and overview of U.S. environmental coverage and politics, Kraft encourages scholars to pass judgement on environmental difficulties and coverage activities for themselves via summarizing large collections of medical reports, executive reviews, and coverage analyses to express the character of environmental difficulties, growth and boundaries in facing them, and the consequences of holding or revising current guidelines.

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S. government and politics, make a book like this possible. I hope the extensive references in the text adequately convey my reliance on their scholarship and my gratitude to them. Several anonymous reviewers offered thoughtful suggestions for revision of the previous edition of the book, and I greatly appreciate their assistance. I also want to thank Clara Bartunek, project manager at Pearson, and Hema Latha, project manager, at Integra Software Services Pvt. , for her splendid copyediting and production work on the book.

Public and congressional enthusiasm for environmental protection policy supported the adoption of innovative and stringent federal programs that would force offending industries to clean up. That was true even where policy goals appeared to exceed both available technical knowledge and the capacity of administrative agencies to take on the new responsibilities mandated by law (Jones 1975). In such a political climate, the costs of achieving new environmental standards were rarely a major consideration.

It also describes the evolution of natural resource policies and the many conflicts between natural resource preservation and economic development. Chapter 7 revisits the major critiques of environmental protection and natural resource policies discussed in Chapters 5 and 6, and it outlines new directions for policy change in the twenty-first century. Finally, Chapter 8 looks to the future and to the need for global policy action. It describes the remaining policy agenda for the early twenty-first century, explores the goal of sustainable development, and describes the leading international environmental policy institutions as well as limitations on their policy-making capacity.

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