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PolSci175_History_of_Environmental_Movement - PS175 07:07...

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PS 175 07:07 History of the Environmental Movement History helps us explain how we got here Why fight over nuclear power when it is huge elsewhere (France, Japan) Why do we have the Endangered Species Act? This can help us see where we are going History helps us understand current politics o Some disputes repeat themselves (endlessly) An Act of Congress (1977) Auto industry vs. environmentalists Regional Conflict Early History In 1700s, the predominant attitude toward environment was ultilitarian o Nature was to be conquered and used o Transcendentalists of 1830s got attention, but they were not typical o Thoreau, Walden Pond (1854) o Emerson, etc. First time we see environmentalists in the modern sense Conservationist Movement First conservationists sought to save wilderness to benefit people o Americans recognized that the West was fading away rapidly o Yellowstone (1872) was intended to protect resources for later generations o Adirondack Forest Reserve (1885) in New York
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Gifford Pinchot v. John Muir
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