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Oil and Wilderness in Alaska: Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, and National Policy Dynamics

Series: American Governance and Public Policy Series

By: George J Busenberg (Author)

176 pages, 8 illustrations, 4 maps

Georgetown University Press

Paperback | Nov 2013 | #208071 | ISBN-13: 9781589016620
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About this book

Colliding environmental and development interests have shaped national policy reforms supporting both oil development and environmental protection in Alaska. Oil and Wilderness in Alaska examines three significant national policy reform efforts that came out of these conflicts: the development of the Trans-Alaska pipeline, the establishment of a vast system of protected natural areas through the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and the reform of the environmental management of the marine oil trade in Alaska to reduce the risk of oil pollution after the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Illuminating the delicate balance and give and take between environmental and commercial interests, as well as larger issues shaping policy reforms, Busenberg applies a theoretical framework to examine the processes and consequences of these reforms at the state, national, and international levels. The author examines the enduring institutional legacies and policy consequences of each reform period, their consequences for environmental protection, and the national and international repercussions of reform efforts.

Oil and Wilderness in Alaska concludes by describing the continuing policy conflicts concerning oil development and nature conservation in Alaska left unresolved by these reforms. Rich case descriptions illustrate the author's points and make Oil and Wilderness in Alaska an essential resource for professors and students interested in policies concerning Alaska, the Arctic, oil development, nature conservation, marine oil spills, the policy process, and policy theory.


Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System
3. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act
4. The Exxon Valdez Disaster and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990
5. Oil, Wilderness, and Alaska: The Enduring Conflict
6. Conclusion

Index


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Biography

George J. Busenberg is an associate professor of environmental management and policy at Soka University of America.

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