George W. Bush's Healthy Forests: Reframing the Environmental Debate / Edition 1

George W. Bush's Healthy Forests: Reframing the Environmental Debate / Edition 1

by Jacqueline Vaughn, Hanna Cortner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0870818201

ISBN-13: 9780870818202

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: University Press of Colorado


In George W. Bush's Healthy Forests, Jacqueline Vaughn and Hanna Cortner detail how the Bush administration, by changing the terms and processes of debate, sidestepped opposition and put in place policies that restrict public and scientific involvement in environmental decisions. Their groundbreaking study analyzes the context and legal effects of the

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In George W. Bush's Healthy Forests, Jacqueline Vaughn and Hanna Cortner detail how the Bush administration, by changing the terms and processes of debate, sidestepped opposition and put in place policies that restrict public and scientific involvement in environmental decisions. Their groundbreaking study analyzes the context and legal effects of the Healthy Forests Initiative, Healthy Forests Restoration Act, and related regulatory changes.

The authors show how the administration used news events such as wildfires to propel legislation through Congress. Focusing blame for wildfires on legal obstacles and environmentalists' use of appeals to challenge fuel-reduction projects, the administration restricted opportunities for environmental analysis, administrative appeals, and litigation. The authors argue that these tools have a history of use by diverse interests and have long protected Americans' right to question government decisions.

This readable study identifies the players, events, and strategies that expedited the policy shift and contextualizes it in the president's career and in legislative and administrative history. Revealing a policy change with major implications for the future of public lands and public process, George W. Bush's Healthy Forests will become required reading in environmental studies and political science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870818202
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
List of Acronymsxi
Introduction: A Reversal of Fortunes: Reframing the Environmental Debate1
Issue Definition, Agenda Setting, and Policy Adoption2
Redirecting Forest Policy: Redefining Processes, Participants, Problems, and Products5
What Follows7
1From Silent Spring to LuntzSpeak: Environmental Policy and George W. Bush12
Environmentalism on All Fronts12
Governor Bush and the Environment in Texas17
Presidential Candidate George W. Bush (2000)18
The Environmental Presidency of George W. Bush21
The 2004 Presidential Campaign34
2The Right to Object: Historic Landmarks in the Development and Use of Appeals44
Early Dispute Procedures: 1906-193645
Environmental Regulatory Procedures: 1965-198946
Regulatory and Legislative Change: 1991-199354
Implementation of the Mandate: 199459
The Who, What, Where, and How of Administrative Appeals61
The Legacy of a Stormy History65
3Appellants, Strategies, Tactics, and Outcomes73
Environmental Organization Appeals and Litigation75
Wise Use Appeals88
Commodity and Business Interest Appeals91
Cases with Multiple Appellants94
Native American Tribal Appellants98
Government Agency Appeals100
Individual Appellants103
Litigation109
The Complexity of Administrative Appeals111
4The Wildland-Urban Interface and the Fire-Appeals Interface119
Trends Affecting Wildland Fire Policy122
Data, Rhetoric, and Focusing Events125
Show Me the Data!127
No, Show Us the Data!133
Rhetoric and Focusing Events as Policy Drivers137
Framing the Wildfire "Problem"141
5Reform by Legislation: The Healthy Forests Restoration Act150
The 107th Congress151
Changes in the 108th Congress157
The 2003 GAO Report159
2003 Congressional Legislation161
Senate Action163
Attempts at Legislative Compromise166
"A Light at the End of the Tunnel"170
Winners and Losers?173
6Reform by Rulemaking181
National Forest Planning184
Forest Service Project Appeal Procedures189
Categorical Exclusions191
Bureau of Land Management Appeal Procedures194
Consultation Under the Endangered Species Act197
The Northwest Forest Plan200
The Sierra Nevada Framework203
Conclusion: The Spillover Effect210
A Return to Rhetoric211
A Fortune of Reversals218
Index227

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