Politics, Pollution and Pandas: An Environmental Memoir

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<p>Russell Train, now chairman emeritus of the World Wildlife Fund, has led a remarkable life in conservation and environmental politics. Though many of his contributions have been unsung, Train was the catalyst for many of the nation’s most important positive environmental policies that remain with us today. In the current political climate, where party divisions are so sharp and environmental concerns are so often obscured by partisan politics, Train’s journey as a life-long Republican and an ardent conservationist is an inspiring story.<p>Much of the important environmental policy Train helped to devise and implement occurred during two Republican administrations, those of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Train served as undersecretary of Interior early in Nixon’s administration before becoming chair of the president’s Council on Environmental Quality (1970-1973). and then headed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1973 until 1978. In the early years of the Carter administration, Train left government to become president of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in the U.S., where, over more than twenty-five years, he has played a key role in developing that institution into the major conservation organization it is today.<p>Politics, Pollution, and Pandas is a fascinating, behind-the-scenes account of the politics of the environment over much of the last half century, told by one of its master architects.
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Editorial Reviews

President Gerald R. Ford

"Train has produced a thoughtful and insightful account of a remarkable public career, an account which reflects very fairly the effort during my presidency to strike a balance among the nation's economic, energy, and environmental needs."
Walter Cronkite

"This is an adventure story—not among the wild animals he knows so well but among the politicians as he pioneered the efforts to conserve our wildlife, our natural resources, and the very atmosphere that supports us all. It is a history invaluable to those interested in the preservation of our environment; a matter in which we all should be concerned and involved."
Library Journal
Through his service to government and private organizations, Train has had a profound and lasting influence on the environment. His is a long list of service: he was undersecretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, first chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, and head of the Environmental Protection Agency under Presidents Nixon and Ford, and he has served in such influential organizations as the World Wildlife Fund (he was president and is now chairman emeritus) and the African Wildlife Foundation (which he founded), among many others. In his memoir, he provides a fascinating insider's look at the key events, prominent people, and, of course, intricacies of politics that directly affected a very significant period of environmental history, both in the United States and worldwide. He narrates how both major events (e.g., huge oil spills and the building of the trans-Alaska pipelines) and seemingly slight occurrences (e.g., bumping into someone at a social event) can have a radical and lasting influence. This important memoir is recommended for public and academic libraries and is essential for all environmental collections.-Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559632867
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell E. Train, was chairman emeritus of the World Wildlife Fund, has led a remarkable life in conservation and environmental politics. Though many of his contributions have been unsung, Train was the catalyst for many of the nation's most important positive environmental policies that remain with us today. In the current political climate, where party divisions are so sharp and environmental concerns are so often shunted aside, Train's journey as a life-long Republican and an ardent conservationist is an inspiring story.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: How One Thing Leads to Another 3
Ch. 1 Washington Beginnings 12
Ch. 2 From Clerk to Judge 20
Ch. 3 Africa: Land of the Soul 29
Ch. 4 First Steps for Wildlife 39
Ch. 5 From Judge to Conservationist 46
Ch. 6 To Interior as Under Secretary 54
Ch. 7 The CEQ Years 77
Ch. 8 U.S. Environmental Leadership 121
Ch. 9 EPA in the Nixon Years 155
Ch. 10 EPA under Ford 181
Ch. 11 The Last Ford Years 211
Ch. 12 World Wildlife Fund: Transition Years 235
Ch. 13 Encounters with Three Presidents 257
Ch. 14 Of Ostriches and Dinosaurs 273
Ch. 15 WWF around the World 279
Ch. 16 Education and Nature: A Global Vision 301
Ch. 17 The Eleventh Commandment 313
Ch. 18 Ethics, Leadership, and the Environment 324
Epilogue 333
Notes 335
Acknowledgments 359
Index 361
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