ERIC Number: ED056886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Congress and the Environment.
Cooley, Richard A., Ed.; Wandesforde-Smith, Geoffrey, Ed.
This book consists of a series of original case studies which developed from a year-long environmental policy seminar held at the University of Washington. Each chapter surveys a recent piece of legislation to determine how Congress has handled a particular environmental problem. Focusing on issues of highway beautification, water quality control, wilderness preservation, and aircraft noise abatement, each study outlines the problem, the nature of the proposed legislation, modifications of legislation in the course of congressional decision making, strengths and weaknesses of the final legislative product, and general ability of Congress to respond to the issue at hand. Broader issues consider the problem of meeting and distributing the costs of a quality environment, conflicts between local and national interests, and the need to balance private property rights with the public good. Overall, it provides a useful perspective on the obligation of each generation to use the environment in a way that will not impair the natural endowment of future generations. (BL)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Environment, Environmental Influences, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Natural Resources, Political Issues
University of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington 98105 ($8.95)
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