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The Supreme Court and the Environment

The Supreme Court and the Environment
The Reluctant Protector

512 pages | CQ Press
Silent Spring (1962) can arguably be cited as one of the most influential books of the modern era. This book, along with 1960's rampant activism reacting to high-profile ecological calamities, helped create the modern environmental movement. The Supreme Court and the Environment, discusses one of this movement's most important legacies, namely the body of federal statutory law amassed to fight pollution and conserve natural resources that began with the enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

Instead of taking the more traditional route of listing court decisions, The Supreme Court and the Environment puts the actual cases in a subsidiary position, as part of a larger set of documents paired with incisive introductions that illustrate the fascinating and sometimes surprising give-and-take with Congress, federal administrative agencies, state and local governments, environmental organizations and private companies, and industry trade groups that have helped define modern environmental policy.

"While the role of the Supreme Court in environmental issues has spawned several dissertations and generated a significant number of law review articles, this book fills a noticeable gap, as precious few monographs treat the subject holistically...Given the paucity of books on the subject, this work should be extremely useful to instructors as an integral text in courses on environmental law or policy."

David Ettinger
George Washington University Library
Library Journal

Michael Allan Wolf