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Conservative Conservationist: Russell E. Train and the Emergence of American Environmentalism

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"Once upon a time, a Republican was the nation's leading crusader for clean air and water, sustainable growth and the protection of endangered species. In this engrossing blend of biography and insider politics — an exciting story occasionally muffled by the minutiae of bureaucratic maneuvering — Flippen (Nixon and the Environment) casts a nostalgic eye on a brief period of American ecological achievement: the years between Lyndon Johnson's retirement and Ronald Reagan's ascendance to the White House. That's when conservationist Russell Train, self-made son of a rock-ribbed Republican family, helped craft the Clean Air Act and a forerunner of the Clean Water Act, empowered the nascent Environmental Protection Agency with political muscle and was active in ecological diplomacy abroad — though he counseled a moderation that dismayed more aggressive activists. Train left the EPA with Jimmy Carter's election in 1976, leading the American branch of the World Wildlife Federation and operating 'as essentially a free-agent environmentalist' for two decades, always a loyal Republican until, dismayed by the second Bush's environmental record, he voted (at age 84) for John Kerry in 2004. This slice of political history is a timely reminder that Train's credo — 'ecologists are the true conservatives' — once held sway. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807132036
Author:
Flippen, J. Brooks
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History
Subject:
Conservation of natural resources
Subject:
Naturalists, Gardeners, Environmentalists
Subject:
United States Officials and employees.
Subject:
Judges -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Political
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
278
Dimensions:
9.28x6.28x1.07 in. 1.32 lbs.

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Product details 278 pages Louisiana State University Press - English 9780807132036 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Once upon a time, a Republican was the nation's leading crusader for clean air and water, sustainable growth and the protection of endangered species. In this engrossing blend of biography and insider politics — an exciting story occasionally muffled by the minutiae of bureaucratic maneuvering — Flippen (Nixon and the Environment) casts a nostalgic eye on a brief period of American ecological achievement: the years between Lyndon Johnson's retirement and Ronald Reagan's ascendance to the White House. That's when conservationist Russell Train, self-made son of a rock-ribbed Republican family, helped craft the Clean Air Act and a forerunner of the Clean Water Act, empowered the nascent Environmental Protection Agency with political muscle and was active in ecological diplomacy abroad — though he counseled a moderation that dismayed more aggressive activists. Train left the EPA with Jimmy Carter's election in 1976, leading the American branch of the World Wildlife Federation and operating 'as essentially a free-agent environmentalist' for two decades, always a loyal Republican until, dismayed by the second Bush's environmental record, he voted (at age 84) for John Kerry in 2004. This slice of political history is a timely reminder that Train's credo — 'ecologists are the true conservatives' — once held sway. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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