The Making of a Conservative Environmentalist

The Making of a Conservative Environmentalist

With Reflections on Government, Industry, Scientists, the Media, Education, Economic Growth, the Public, the Great Lakes, Activists, and the Sunsetting of Toxic Chemicals
Gordon K. Durnil
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/09/2001
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21499-7
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[Durnil’s attack on chlorine is] one of the single boldest environmental policy ideas of the 1990’s.... The message is that if someone as conventional and as conservative as Mr. Durnil can latch on to one of the great social transformations of the American century, then so can every other Republican in the country." —New York Times Book Review

This is a serious, thoughtful book. If they would read it, the phoney ‘conservatives’ now performing in the center ring in Congress might be shamed into mending their ways. —Village Voice Literary Supplement

Here comes a thoughtful, experienced conservative with impeccable Republican credentials a dedicated environmentalist with a different point of view. A thoughtful, readable mandate."—Ken Bode, Moderator, Washington Week in Review

Author Bio

Gordon K. Durnil is a lawyer, diplomat, politician, and conservative environmentalist. From 1981 to 1989 he was Indiana Republican State Chairman and a member of the Republican National Committee. In 1989 President Bush appointed him as United States Chairman of the International Joint Commission, the U.S.-Canadian organization charged with maintaining the quality of the environment in the Great Lakes region. He served in this post until 1994. In June of 1992 he was Head of Delegation for the International Joint Commission to the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, where he addressed the plenary session. Durnil is also the author of Is America Beyond Reform? and Throwing Chairs and Raising Hell: Politics in the Bulen Era.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

1. The Early Years
2. The International Joint Commission
3. Environmental and Economic Barriers
4. Water and Air–Quality and Quantity
5. Health Effects
6. Reactions of Governments
7. Reactions of Industry
8. Reactions of Organized Environmental Groups
9. Reactions of Scientists and Health Care Professionals
10. Reactions of the Media
11. Reactions of the Public
12. Education
13. Future: Great Lakes and Beyond