By Lisa Newton (auth.)
This ebook tracks the expansion of environmental expertise and conservation within the usa in the course of the significant traits of the twentieth century, and establishes a philosophical floor for defense of our environment. It documents a massive cultural shift within the considering this country, and gives instructions for its continuation.
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The point is that, even while American free enterprise still floated in the backwash of the ideology of deregulation, corporate officers as well as the rest of us, were talking about the obligation to meet the standard of environmental sustainability, without intermediate reference to regulation, savings on process or product formulation, or even making a good impression on the environmentalist public. The notion of sustainability was becoming incorporated into the economic psyche of the American citizen, and that is a very good development.
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the consortium of seven oil companies (including Exxon) that actually owns the oil pumped out of the North Slope, had promised, when they were seeking approval for the pipeline, that the operations in Prince William Sound would be the safest in the world. Alyeska’s plan, approved by the Alaska DEC, had specified that containment booms and skimming equipment (machinery for mechanically lifting the thick oil off the top of the water into transfer barges, which would take the oil to shore and offload it) would be on the scene of any spill in five hours, with backup equipment (lasers for burning off patches of oil, chemical dispersants) available if the booms and skimmers were inadequate to the job.
But that literature has been supplemented by some interesting studies that suggested that the link between green life, plants and woodlands, might be considerably stronger than we had thought. The phenomenon known as “biophilia,” a natural bond with all living things that guides our choices in life whether or not we are aware of it, may not be scientifically demonstrable, but it seems to account for the fact that we heal from illness better if we can see out of doors, and that we thrive when we are surrounded by living things—green ones and furry ones.
The American Experience in Environmental Protection by Lisa Newton (auth.)