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Industrial Disasters and Environmental Policy

Industrial Disasters and Environmental Policy

Stories of Villains, Heroes, and the Rest of Us

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.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Political Science / Public Policy / Environmental Policy

On Sale: February 13th 2018

Price: $18.99

Page Count: 240

ISBN-13: 9780813347264

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Reader Reviews


Industrial Disasters and Environmental Policy is an exceptional book that clearly shows how stories shape our understanding of environmental policy's past, present, and future. This book truly defines the landscape of environmental policy and how we can all become involved.—Sara Rinfret, University of Montana
Industrial Disasters and Environmental Policy belongs in any environmental policy and law course. The stories keep students engaged, and the emphasis on citizen engagement and empowerment is important and commendable.—Michelle Pautz, University of Dayton
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