Environmental Technology Policy in the US, from the 1970s into the Twenty-First Century


Since the time when this chapter was written – some 3 years before publication – the context for US environmental technology policy has been transformed. Three seminal developments stand out: the Administration of President Obama; the economic recession, and consequent government rescue package; and a new commitment in the US to craft climate change policies. What these changes imply is a new mind-set about the connection between the environment and technological change, an enormous increase in environment and energy-related research, and significant movement toward new laws and incentives to attack climate change. Given these developments, the pessimistic tone with which the paper ends needs to be modified to some extent.


Toxic Release Inventory National Environmental Policy Well Available Technology Fuel Economy Standard Toxic Substance Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Science and Policy StudiesWorcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcesterUSA

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