New Thinking on Environmental Policy: Civic Environmentalism for Today’s Environment

New Thinking on Environmental Policy - Civic Environmentalism for Today's Environment

Today’s environmental policymaking is dominated by a mistaken focus on big culprit, big ticket, and big government solutions. While disputes over large-scale environmental questions grab the headlines, they obscure the fact that both sides of the environmental debate miss important national realities. For example, a leading cause of water quality problems is not some industrial behemoth, but “nonpoint source” pollution—i.e., individual polluters, the tens of millions of us who fertilize our gardens or change the oil in our cars.

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