- Jan 20, 2019 5:14 pm GMT
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America’s first environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act, was the result of escalating public demand for less pollution. Enacted in1970, the “environmental magna carta” was soon followed by other laws defining a federal strategy to merge an array of environmental standards into the routine of every person, business, and public agency. Washington DC became the engineer and referee for a still-raging battle between environmental, consumer and corporate interests.
Political analyst Joel Stronberg summarized the current condition: “Today is indeed proof of the stultifying impact of partisan politics on national energy and environment policies. Hardly anything related to energy or the environment is able to move through the political gauntlet. What does move is immediately challenged in court by one side or the other”.
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