Industrial Disasters and Environmental Policy

Stories of Villains, Heroes, and the Rest of Us


By Denise L. Scheberle

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Environmental stories have all the elements that make for a good drama-villains that plunge us into danger, and heroes that fight for positive change. Industrial Disasters and Environmental Policy: Stories of Villains, Heroes, and the Rest of Us illuminates the interplay between environmental policies and the people and groups who influence their development and implementation. Through the stories of four major industrial disasters-the Union Carbide plant explosion, the BP oil spill, the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, and the asbestos poisoning in Libby, Montana-this book examines the organizational breakdowns and regulatory lapses that caused these disasters, and how attitudes and policies changed as a result. It also explores environmental heroes like Gaylord Nelson and Judy Bonds and how their activism has shaped US environmental politics and policies.

Industrial Disasters and Environmental Policy concludes with a discussion of how the “rest of us” can participate in everyday environmental actions, hold corporations and the government accountable, and lobby for greater environmental protections. With its compelling stories and calls to action, this book helps students understand how US environmental policies have developed and transformed-and how they can continue to do so.


On Sale
Feb 13, 2018
Page Count
240 pages
Avalon Publishing

Denise L. Scheberle

About the Author

Denise Scheberle is a clinical teaching professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is Professor Emerita and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the American Political Science Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the University of Wisconsin Regent’s Teaching Excellence Award. She served as president of the Public Policy section of the APSA. She is the author of Federalism and Environmental Policy: Trust and the Politics of Implementation.

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