01_Historical Overview Lecture.ppt

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© 2003, 2018 by H. Troy Stuckey, Ph.D. Historical Overview Presented by Dr. Troy Stuckey to PP 3310 and PLSC 3333 August 21, 2018
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© 2003, 2018 by H. Troy Stuckey, Ph.D. Lecture Overview Views of Nature/Society Religion & Literature History (1) Dominance, (2) Early Awakening & Science, (3) Preservationists, (4) Conservationists, (5) Reawakening, (6) Complacency [Reagan Years], (7) Post Reagan, (8) Bush (W) and the 21 st C. Source: Smith, Environmental Policy Paradox, 2000, Stuckey, 2007-2010
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© 2003, 2018 by H. Troy Stuckey, Ph.D. Views of Nature/Society “We reduce things to mere Nature in order that we may “conquer” them. We are always conquering Nature,…” C.S. Lewis “An Oak tree and I are made of the same stuff.” Carl Sagan, Cosmos “Nature is perceived to be in danger, and it is up to us to devise the means to its salvation.” Neil Evernden, The Social Creation of Nature Source:
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© 2003, 2018 by H. Troy Stuckey, Ph.D. Statutory Views “The Congress finds that the predominant part of the Nation’s population is located in its rapidly expanding metropolitan and other urban areas,…that the growth in the amount and complexity of air pollution brought about by urbanization, industrial development, and the increasing use of motor vehicles, has resulted in mounting dangers to the public health and welfare, including injury to agricultural crops and livestock, damage to and deterioration of property, and hazards to air and ground transportation…that air pollution prevention [reduction or elimination of pollutants] is the primary responsibility of States and local governments.…The purposes of this subchapter are to protect and enhance the quality of the Nation’s air resources so as to promote the public health and welfare….” U.S. Clean Air Act, as amended 1990.
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© 2003, 2018 by H. Troy Stuckey, Ph.D. Interpretation What do these quotes mean? If they are reflective of modern civilization, how? Today, we have Environmental Laws and Policy which attempt to protect society--people…are these laws and policies working? Are there forces working against these policies? If so, does that mean there are forces working against the well being of people?
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© 2003, 2018 by H. Troy Stuckey, Ph.D. Challenges Common expressions made in policy development include: Sound science is needed before we can implement pollution prevention measures or channel spending towards the development of new technologies Is there sound science? Can science provide an unchallenged answer? Science is supposed to be objective.
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© 2003, 2018 by H. Troy Stuckey, Ph.D. Connecting Our Views Science and technology are interwoven into the fabric of society cars, central heating and air conditioning, air planes, clothes, food, shelter, entertainment, communications, war Can we live without science and technology? Do we really want to? Do we have a choice? Either way, by choosing to live in an organized society, we elect to abide by the laws of our nation.
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© 2003, 2018 by H. Troy Stuckey, Ph.D.
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  • Fall '18
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  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, H. Troy Stuckey

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