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June 1988
248 pages  

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9780822954040
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The Acid Rain Controversy
Regens, James, Rycroft, Robert
A comprehensive overview of acid rain-its causes, remedies, and the dynamics involved in environmental policymaking to combat it.

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James L. Regens is associate dean for research in the College of Public Health and founding director of the Center for Biosecurity Research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
James W. Rycroft is professor of International Science and Technology Policy and International Affairs at George Washington University.
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Political Science/Environmental
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This study describes the origins of acid rain, how it is formed, the ecological and human effects, and prevention methods. It also examines debates within the scientific community as a basis for evaluating policy decisions. A comprehensive review of pollution control techniques questions which technologies are currently available, their future availability, or whether they are merely theoretical. The authors frame the economic and political context for making decisions about acid rain control policy and offer valuable insights about the underlying dynamics of the environmental policymaking process for the near future.
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“This welcome book focuses on the interrelationships of politics, technology, science, economics, and policy makers as they influence the definition as well as alternative resolutions.”—American Political Science Review

“This is an excellent book. . . . It should be read in classrooms on both sides of the border and in the new Canadian embassy building in Washington, D.C.”—Political Science/Science Politique

“Students of public policy will find this book a useful study of the public and private instruments and forces engaged in the acid-rain controversy.”—Forest and Conservation History

“A welcomed addition. . . . A great deal of technical and regulatory information is summarized neatly in these pages and supplemented by ample appendices of tables and diplomatic agreements.”—Policy Studies Journal

“The book provides a panoramic view of the controversy. I recommend [it] to help broaden the outlook of those primarily concerned with a narrow piece of the controversy, such as impact assessment or control strategies.”—Journal of Forestry


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