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In this timely book, author Rae André alerts us to one of the most insidious threats to the health and well-being of many Americans: the environmental impacts of aviation. Written from her experience as an activist and a flight-path dweller, Take Back the Sky dramatizes the extent of this growing problem in case studies around the country where communities have fought (and usually lost) battles against airport expansion. More alarmingly, it details how communities have lost virtually all control over their local ...
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In this timely book, author Rae André alerts us to one of the most insidious threats to the health and well-being of many Americans: the environmental impacts of aviation. Written from her experience as an activist and a flight-path dweller, Take Back the Sky dramatizes the extent of this growing problem in case studies around the country where communities have fought (and usually lost) battles against airport expansion. More alarmingly, it details how communities have lost virtually all control over their local skies, with that power having been usurped by special interests and an unresponsive federal government.
When André bought a charming bungalow in a Boston suburb, the small nearby airport handled only private and charter aircraft and a few military flights. Soon after, it began to accept commercial flights—and the quality of life for André and her neighbors plummeted. As she explains, aviation-related pollution from noise, emissions, and chemicals leaching into water tables is among the least-known—and least-regulated—hazards Americans face. André plunged into research, organizing, and protest, discovering not only the ugly facts about aviation-related pollution but the extent to which unbridled commercial interests have infiltrated our government and our lives.
André makes a powerful case that citizen action is crucial at this time, when plans are afoot to transform hundreds of small airports into busy commercial jetports. But how can we make the aviation industry more environmentally responsible? How can citizens and communities take back the power to determine their own fates?
In Take Back the Sky, André provides the tools we need to answer these critical questions.
|1||The quest for environmentally sustainable aviation||11|
|2||The airport in my garden||16|
|3||Aviation pollution today||24|
|4||Facing up to airport expansion||43|
|5||Massport : the aviation industry's model organization||68|
|6||How the air transportation industry pursues growth||84|
|7||How noise laws fail communities||96|
|8||How will citizen involvement solve these problems?||121|
|9||The people play defense||133|
|10||Aviation with representation||152|
|11||How to work for sustainable aviation||167|
|App. A||The targeted 100 smaller airports the aviation industry wants to expand||179|
|App. B||Resources on aviation and the environment||183|
|App. C||Federally designated high-speed rail corridors||187|
Posted April 28, 2006
Andre¿s ¿Take Back the Sky¿ is a bellwether book that reveals that the need alleged by the industry for expansions at airports is unessential when considering that many alternative forms of transportation receive a fraction of government subsidies and are more sustainable. An independent study done in 2000 using EPA assessment tools concluded that the communities in the vicinity of O¿Hare airport exceeded the EPA¿s allowable air emissions toxics. The results were determined by two consulting firms hired by the city of Park Ridge, Illinois, because the EPA and city of Chicago wouldn¿t do a study. Mostardi-Platt Associates and Environ Corporation worked together on the assessment. They determined that frequent and comprehensive monitoring and no expansion of O¿Hare were crucial to reducing the cancer risk from toxic emissions-- which were over the EPA¿s limit-- impacting over a hundred adjacent communities. Science, in fact, works in Andre¿s favor, not the industry. The book should be considered the first of its kind to factually and scientifically divulge what the industry won¿t. ¿Take back the Sky¿ is not anti-aviation. Andre uses both traditional aviation sources and non-aviation sources to support sustainable transportation, not the expansion of unsustainable transportation. The book is about the industry taking responsibility for its resulting pollution. Andre ends the book by saying. ¿We must do more to recognize that air space is a finite resource and to learn more about how to make aviation sustainable.¿ The criticism from the Library Journal is uninformed, misleading and wrong.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.