Is Obama's 2014 greenhouse gas reduction plan symbolic? The creation of the US EPA and a reliance on the states

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Abstract

Historically speaking, a reliance on the states to develop and implement national environmental regulatory policies has been a way to weaken/undermine said policies. This is evident in the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA was specifically created as a symbol intended to pacify the environmental social movement of the late 1960s. The US economic elite is composed of decision-makers within large corporations and of other persons of substantial wealth. The six members of the council included chair Roy L. Ash and cofounder and president Litton Industries. Given the importance assigned to local investment, state and local governments are not passive with regard to the potential location of capital investment. Instead, these government entities provide certain economic and political enticements to attract such investment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-104
Number of pages13
JournalCapitalism, Nature, Socialism
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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