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 powerful and far-reaching indictment of the nation's efforts at environmental regulation and the protection of the environment. What makes this book so significant and separates it from many critiques of the environmental movement is that author David Schoenbrod is an insider's insider. . . . Simply put, the nation would be better served if every journalist on the environmental beat and every TV talking head were required to read this book before turning the next environmental press release into another breathless scare story about the latest environmental or public health crisis. . . . It also happens to be accessible for anyone interested in the subject."-R.J. Smith, New York Post