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Riassunto: Air pollution challenges nations sharing common borders to balance economic needs with protecting citizens and the environment across jurisdictions. By examining landmark cases on the two borders, John Wirth shows how environmental diplomacy, citizen action at the grassroots level, and the role of science, industry, and the law converged, bringing Canada, the United States, and Mexico to the threshold of today's continental approaches to pollutant pathways.
Wirth first examines the famous Trail smelter conflict of 1927-1941. This precedent-setting case, which pitted U.S. farmers against the Canadian smelter, resulted in the doctrine that in cases of transborder damage, the polluter must pay. Although the farmers were modestly compensated and the British Columbia-based smelter cooperated to control pollution, Wirth reveals the real significance of the decision: U.S. industries shared with the Canadians a common interest to resolve the case in a manner that would allow them to continue to pollute freely across international borders with minimal regulation.
Wirth then turns to the Gray Triangle confrontations of the 1980s, in which the new instruments of the Clean Air Act and cooperative policies developed by the Mexican and U.S. governments established an entirely new climate for citizen action, resulting in the closing of an American smelter in Arizona and the imposition of stricter standards on two Mexican smelters in Sonora. Although the Trail precedent favored industry, the Gray Triangle resolution signaled that the needs of industry and the public interest were now in better balance.
Drawing on extensive interviews and previously untapped archives, Smelter Smoke in North America provides new analysis of the development of a North American institutional response to continental air pollution. It chronicles how industry developed a continental perspective in a shared regional space, the mineralized West, and how successful efforts of governments and citizens to protect the environment evolved.
Dal retro di copertina: "Wirth uses two focused, lucid, and engaging case histories to lead readers onto a challenging intellectual and policy frontier. A first-rate historian and an experienced policy consultant, he provides deep insights and guidance into the politics and technology of global environmental pollution. This major contribution deserves a wide audience."--Thomas P. Hughes, author of Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society
"Wirth's study can be read profitably at three levels: first, as an in-depth analysis of two major metallurgical plants, the Trail smelter in British Columbia and the Phelps Dodge smelter in Arizona; second, as a brief survey of smoke policies and pollution laws in the U.S., culminating in the Clean Air Act of 1970; and third, as a diplomatic history of U.S.-Canadian and U.S.-Mexican industrial border relations. An important contribution to environmental history, it has obvious implications for anyone interested in NAFTA and related North American economic and business affairs. I highly recommend it."--Marc Cioc, deputy editor of Environmental History Review
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Descrizione libro University Press of Kansas, 2000. Condizione libro: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. Codice libro della libreria 4901933
Descrizione libro 2000. Natural History, Geography. University Press of Kansas, 264 p., fine cloth and dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria -1994851638
Descrizione libro University Press of Kansas, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition. Fine hardcover with fine dust jacket which we have protected in a clear plastic cover. Clean inside and out. On the title page there is an inscription signed by "John" with no last name. May be the author but don't really know. CGF. Inscribed by Author(s). Codice libro della libreria 4304-22
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Descrizione libro University Press of Kansas, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0700609849
Descrizione libro Univiversity Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 1999. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: As New. Condizione sovraccoperta: As New. First Edition. xx, 264 pp, preface, list of abbreviations, Part I. The Trail Smelter Dispute 1927-1941, Part I. The Gray Triangle Confrontations of the 1980s, notes, bilbiography, index with b&w illustrations. Pristine, no wear, Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Brown cloth. Size: 8vo. Codice libro della libreria 001252
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Descrizione libro Univesity Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. First printing. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria 10839
Descrizione libro University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition. 264 pgs. New, unread in unpriced dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria 33366