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Protecting the Environment
Are Government Policies to Blame?

Nature Unbound
Bureacracy vs. the Environment
By Randy Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk, and Kenneth J. Sim

Nature Unbound offers a devastating critique of federal environmental policy by scrutinizing it through the lenses of biological and political ecology. This powerful framework reveals that government environmental policy has been guided since the late 1960s by demonstrably false assumptions responsible for a host of ineffective and wasteful, command-and-control policies—on air pollution, water pollution, endangered species, wilderness, energy, and more. The mistakes have also empowered predatory, “political entrepreneurship” in ways that have encroached on property rights, burdened the general public, and degraded natural resources.

Table of Contents:
1. Politics, Ecology, and Entrepreneurship
2. Political Ecology
3. Environmental Political Entrepreneurship
4. The Politics of Nature
5. The Clean Air Act
6. The National Environmental Policy Act
7. The Clean Water Act
8. The Endangered Species Act
9. The Wilderness Act
10. Renewable Energy Legislation
11. Conclusions
Appendix: Federal Land Policy

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304 Pages • 6 x 9 Inches • Index

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Praise for Nature Unbound:

“Read Nature Unbound . . . . There is no such thing as nature undisturbed, and bureaucratic bad management is often the unintended consequence of our limited knowledge of ecosystem complexity.”
Vernon L. Smith, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences

"In all areas of the environment—air, water, and land—politicians and bureaucrats play on misguided sympathies to generate support for more of the same. . . . Nature Unbound is indispensable for anyone to understand the destructive impact of environmental politics.”
Roger E. Meiners, Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Economics and Law, University of Texas, Arlington

Nature Unbound is a most timely and important book. . . . I would recommend Nature Unbound to anyone interested in the environment and especially to those inclined to support further expansion of environmental regulation.”
Sam Peltzman, Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Chicago

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