Schoenbrod, of the New York Law School and the Cato Institute, believes that "most people see environmental protection as a struggle between the EPA and big business." But actually, he argues, corporations understand that the Environmental Protection Agency provides them with substantial benefits. In outlining the EPA's rise to power after Nixon established the agency in 1970, Schoenbrod argues that the shift away from state and local governments to the national level was an error because national governmental agencies are more susceptible to pressure from legislators and corporations. A good example is the Clean Air Act--emission limits "begun at the state level" on new motor vehicles helped improve air quality far more than the EPA's efforts. Schoenbrod calls for a renewed appreciation of local knowledge, dismantling of the EPA, and handing over pollution control to the states. Whether readers agree with all of Schoenbrod's assessments or not, his crisp prose and fast pacing make this book a welcome addition to "green" literature. Rebecca MakselCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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"A terrific, albeit disturbing, read. Only someone with Schoenbrod's unique combination of legal, political and practical expertise could write so insightfully about environmental politics." Morris P. Fiorina, Stanford University "Schoenbrod makes a compelling case that, by delegating lawmaking responsibility to government agencies, Congress has imposed huge costs on the economy and bad choices on the environment." John Berlau, Wall Street Journal "An important and original contribution to the national debate on environmental policy. Schoenbrod's rich and varied personal experience in the field powerfully brings home the policy issues he addresses." Gary Marchant, Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology, Arizona State University"