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By Franklin Kalinowski

This robust booklet makes a speciality of the capability of the yank political approach to reply to ecological demanding situations via coverage views, the limitations of our written structure, and the decision we muster to handle those exams of nationwide personality. positioned easily, this can be a e-book approximately politics, coverage, and political will. Kalinowski brilliantly exhibits that America’s collective will is located within the cultural values enunciated by way of the Founding Fathers and handed down via historical past with changes. It includes the fundamental lacking component in picking how we presently reply to crises. Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison had exact principles in regards to the position that Nature may perhaps play sooner or later. spotting the origins and affects in their environmental legacies is the main to analyzing the place American environmental politics is this present day, how we came, and the place we'd be headed.

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It should come as no surprise, therefore, if we find in presentday America, various environmental perspectives that dramatically conflict 20 F. KALINOWSKI with each other and implicitly rely on the environmental legacies articulated by the Founders, passed down through our history, and simultaneously pulling our cultural will in diverse directions. It would be naïve not to acknowledge that there is something in our national character that leads us to believe that technology, money, and power can solve all problems and drives us to ransack our environment.

A] growing population does not imply that humans living on the globe will be more ‘crowded’ in any meaningful fashion. ”11 Their reasoning is this: more people equals more labor equals more wealth equals more house space and travel equals less crowded. In other words, the more people the world has, the less crowded it becomes. 12 The lynchpin of cornucopian thought is an absolute faith in technology, a belief that human economic growth and control over Nature can continue forever, and a denial of any limits on human behavior.

America’s future is not determined. There are various policies we can employ in response to our situation, and the choices we make will influence what we, as a nation, will become. Neither, however, are our options unlimited. The American constitution, in the sense of both the formal document and in the meaning of our culture shapes and constrains the alternatives available to us. Not every policy option is possible; some alternative worlds belong in the realm of fiction. One further observation needs to be made: the social choices facing us are 22 F.

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