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January 18, 2020

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The Future of the Environment
Last Featured: 3/14/2005

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Controversy over environmental policy has dogged the Bush Administration throughout its term. Recently, environmentalists have condemned the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to halt certain clean air enforcement actions. They say it is another fateful step toward the complete dismantling of a generation of environmental progress which relied heavily on making polluters pay. The EPA counters that it is time for a new approach which better balances “the needs of the environment and the needs of humanity.” With the support of the President, the agency has tried to work with industry in ways, they say, will foster a “new ethic” in environmental management.

Robert Kennedy, Jr. is senior attorney for the National Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law. A former assistant district attorney for New York City, he is the co-author of The Riverkeepers: Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment as a Basic Human Right. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications. Articles he wrote for Rolling Stone and The Nation provide the genesis for his latest book, Crimes Against Nature.

Fred L. Smith, Jr. is the Founder and President of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Previously, he served as the Director of Government Relations for the Council for a Competitive Economy and as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency. Smith has appeared on ABC, CNN, PBS, NPR, and the G. Gordon Liddy Show. His writings can be seen in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Economic Affairs, and the Washington Times. Smith is a columnist for the journal Regulation, a contributing editor to Liberty, and co-editor of the book, Environmental Politics: Public Costs, Private Rewards.

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"It has been proved that the land can exist without the country and be the better for it. It has not been proved that the country can exist without the land."

— Alice Walker

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Crimes Against Nature
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Environmental Politics: Public Costs, Private Rewards
by Michael S. Greve (Editor), Fred L. Smith (Editor)
Are Current Water Policies Leaving Us High and Dry?
The Future of the Oceans
Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming