The National Environmental Policy Act: Judicial Misconstruction, Legislative Indifference, and Executive Neglect

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Environmental degradation and the compromised integrity of the earth's ecological system were growing public concerns in the mid to late 1960s. These issues spurred Congress to pass the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the first law to focus such environmental concerns into a comprehensive national policy. The new legislation encompassed an array of environmental values and ethics, as well as administrative tools to achieve the ecological goals of the nation while taking into account other important societal needs. Though NEPA has had a positive effect on U.S. environmental policy and the national quality of life, this challenging new book shows how federal courts and agencies have failed to implement many of the values and goals fundamental to the success of NEPA. To explain this divergence, authors Matthew J. Lindstrom and Zachary A. Smith examine NEPA's origins, address how NEPA has been implemented and enforced, and highlight the shortcomings of its practice. Lindstrom and Smith strongly argue that if NEPA were fully and properly implemented, it would prove to be a valuable and realistic tool for balancing the needs of the world population and the protection of the earth's environment. They offer a new, hopeful look at how the law's structure can be properly utilized in order to give future generations hope of living on a sustainable planet. This book is well suited for audiences interested in public policy formation and implementation, especially environmental policy administrators, environmental historians, and those involved in environmental law, its policy, and its politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603440486
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 4/11/2008
  • Series: Environmental History Series, #17
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew J. Lindstrom, who earned his Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University, is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department and Environmental Studies Program at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He is the author of several journal articles and is currently editing a book on suburban sprawl and eco-cities, in addition to his work as the director of Eco-Logic: Siena Institute for Sustainable Land Use.Zachary A. Smith earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He has served as a consultant on environmental matters and is the author or editor of fifteen books and more than thirty articles on environmental policy topics.
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