GOVERNMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT by Thomas G. Aylesworth

GOVERNMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT

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Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In an overview of government action on the environment, Aylesworth presents the trends at such an abstract level that he inadvertently reflects one problem he cites: Americans, aware of environmental problems in general, have difficulty relating them to their own behavior; they depend on experts to monitor and manage environmental threats. After noting the major sources of pollution, Aylesworth describes the federal government's first major cleanup efforts in the 50's and 60's and the ongoing problems that weren't solved; the ``golden seventies,'' when the newly created EPA unified environmental action; and the ``gloomy eighties,'' when the Reagan Administration gutted the agency. He mentions Reagan's relentless vetoes and describes the rise of state and local activity, resulting partly from federal paralysis. Aylesworth urges readers now to ``make a difference'' by becoming informed, lobbying, and researching areas needing cleanup, concluding that ``Things are looking up.'' A usable resource for students considering government or environmental lobbying as careers. Source notes (mostly newspaper articles); bibliography (also includes books and EPA documents); index. (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-89490-398-5
Page count: 104pp
Publisher: Enslow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1993




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