Saving our environment from Washington: how Congress grabs power, shirks responsibility, and shortchanges the people

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Congress empowered the Environmental Protection Agency on the theory that only a national agency that is insulated from accountability to voters could produce the scientifically grounded pollution rules needed to save a careless public from its own filth. In this provocative book, David Schoenbrod explains how his experience as an environmental advocate brought him to this startling realization: letting EPA dictate to the nation is a mistake.Through a series of gripping and illuminating anecdotes from his own career, the author reveals the EPA to be an agency that, under Democrats and Republicans alike, delays good rules, imposes bad ones, and is so big, muscle-bound, and remote that it does unnecessary damage to our society. EPA stays in power, he says, because it enables elected legislators to evade responsibility by hiding behind appointed bureaucrats. The best environmental rules—those that have done the most good—have come when Congress had to take responsibility or from states and localities rather than the EPA. With the passion of an authentic environmentalist, Schoenbrod makes a sensible plea for “bottom-up” environmental protection now. The responsibility for pollution control belongs not in agencies but in legislatures, and usually not at the federal level but rather closer to home.
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table_of_contents Introduction: then and now -- Coming to the environmental movement -- Congress does its thing -- Leaving the lead in -- Failure and success in cleaning the air -- Growing power -- The EPA today -- What's science got to do with it? -- Lois Swirsky Gold, chemicals, and cancer -- Angus Macbeth and the Hudson River -- Precaution and policy -- Coming down to earth -- A government of the people -- Home rule -- Vicki Been and environmental justice -- Legislative responsibility -- The rights of citizens -- The boon of liberty -- The appeal of law -- The joy of doing -- Conclusion: spaceship earth without a captain.
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title Saving our environment from Washington how Congress grabs power, shirks responsibility, and shortchanges the people
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title_full Saving our environment from Washington [electronic resource] : how Congress grabs power, shirks responsibility, and shortchanges the people / David Schoenbrod
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