By Franklin Kalinowski
This robust publication specializes in the ability of the yankee political method to reply to ecological demanding situations via coverage views, the restrictions of our written structure, and the choice we muster to deal with those checks of nationwide personality. placed easily, this can be a e-book approximately politics, coverage, and political will. Kalinowski brilliantly exhibits that America’s collective will is located within the cultural values enunciated via the Founding Fathers and handed down via historical past with variations. It includes the fundamental lacking aspect in making a choice on how we presently reply to crises. Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison had exact principles in regards to the function that Nature may possibly play sooner or later. spotting the origins and affects in their environmental legacies is the foremost to studying the place American environmental politics is at the present time, how we came, and the place we'd be headed.
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Robert Paehlke, in Environmentalism and the Future of Progressive Politics, advocates this blending of expertise with a political movement that articulates and guides a national commitment to a common good. ”33 The other possibility put forth by Dryzek is for regulatory policy formulated and implemented through established democratic channels. ”34 Fundamental to this approach are methods such 42 F. KALINOWSKI as public consultation and environmental impact assessment as mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act, transparent public dialog, and right-to-know legislation (built into the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act of 1986).
4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. , Second Edition (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2003). Orr, Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2009). , 19. Good introductions to the science and politics behind climate change are Spencer R. Mann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012). , 22. On species extinction, see Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (New York: Henry Holt and Company: 2014).
Which of these technologies and policies, or what mix of these technologies, should we prefer? Technology may, in certain cases, open up options, but technology by itself cannot make those choices for us. To think technology can spare us from having to make profound political, social, and ethical choices is a misguided view of both technology and what it means to be human. This leads to the fourth, and perhaps most important, reason why we should pause before relying too much on technology as our future redeemer.
America's Environmental Legacies: Shaping Policy through Institutions and Culture by Franklin Kalinowski