Rebel with a Conscience

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This book is about the real experiences of a true rebel - a scientist, business executive, politician, citizen activist - who successfully challenged the powers-that-be in business and government to further justice and environmental health worldwide. It provides a good history of the environmental movement and illustrates how a scientist can flourish in business and government. It should be helpful and inspirational for students who are choosing a career and others who want to ...
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Overview

This book is about the real experiences of a true rebel - a scientist, business executive, politician, citizen activist - who successfully challenged the powers-that-be in business and government to further justice and environmental health worldwide. It provides a good history of the environmental movement and illustrates how a scientist can flourish in business and government. It should be helpful and inspirational for students who are choosing a career and others who want to change careers.
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"You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give." Throughout his inspiring memoir, Peterson shows how strongly he has taken that aphorism to heart. In 1968, Peterson, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry, retired from a flourishing, 26-year career at DuPont to pursue a life of public service. The organizational and management skills he had refined in the business world formed the backbone of his successful campaign to become governor of Delaware. From his new office, Peterson led the restructuring of the antiquated executive branch, drastically improved funding for education and pushed forward the controversial Coastal Zone Act, which prevented the state's beautiful wetlands from being turned into the site of a major oil-industrial complex. After losing his bid for reelection, Peterson went on to influential positions as the chairman of the Presidential Council on Environmental Quality, the head of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the president of the National Audubon Society, among others. Though Peterson's writing can be dry, it is balanced by his contagious enthusiasm and optimistic faith in the possibilities of civic activism. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874136814
  • Publisher: University Of Delaware
  • Publication date: 4/30/1999
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 11
Foreword 15
Acknowledgments 21
Introduction 23
1 Early Years 31
2 Rocky Path to a Career 39
3 Entering DuPont's Research World 51
4 Taking Dacron Polyester Fiber from Lab Bench to Commercial Success 54
5 Nylon Tire Yarn: Conflict with Big Three Auto Companies 59
6 Revolutionizing the Carpet Business; Overcoming Institutional Barriers 62
7 Making Waves with DuPont Management 67
8 Launching New Business Ventures 77
9 The Three S Campaign: Salvage People - Shrink the Crime Rate - Save Dollars 87
10 Neighborhood Improvement: Helping the Poor 94
11 Reorganizing Delaware's Republican Party 97
12 Getting Elected as a Political Newcomer 103
13 Changing Delaware's Archaic Commission Form of Government to a Cabinet Form 118
14 Saving Delaware's Unspoiled Coastal Zone 123
15 Bringing More Justice to the Criminal Justice System 151
16 Losing My Bid for Reelection as Governor 164
17 Saving and Re-Saving the Coastal Zone Act: The Need for Eternal Vigilance 177
18 Rejuvenating the Wilmington Riverfront 203
19 Reducing the Crime Rate by Attacking the Causes 208
20 Becoming Chairman of the President's Council on Environmental Quality 225
21 CEQ in Action 233
22 Protecting the Ozone Layer Amidst Scientific Uncertainty 242
23 Countering the Big Lie that Environmental Regulations Cost Jobs 252
24 Head-on Collision with Captains of Industry 260
25 Conflict in the Cabinet Room: Should a Government Executive Tell the President He Is Wrong? 265
26 New Directions: A National Lobbying Group on World Issues 268
27 Depoliticizing the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment 274
28 Remembrances of Washington 280
29 Realizing a Dream: Becoming President of the National Audubon Society 293
30 Motivating People Through Television: A Partnership with Ted Turner 303
31 The Better World Society 308
32 Looking at the World as a Whole - Colleges of Integrated Studies 315
33 Are We Going Forward or Backward? 325
34 Stabilizing Human Population Growth 333
35 Restraining Growth in the Consumption of Resources 349
36 Containing Harmful Fallout from New Technology 363
37 Together We Can Save the Earth 375
Epilogue 406
Index 410
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