Caribou and Conoco

Caribou and Conoco : Rethinking Environmental Politics in Alaska's ANWR and Beyond

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By examining the proposed drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska,Caribou and Conoco explores the constant tension between environmental policy and energy policy and shatters the myth that important environmental-energy debates in the United States have been driven by forces too complex for the average American to understand. This book makes sense of the underlying political and societal forces driving the longstanding debate on whether to drill for energy sources in more

Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 147.32 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739119613
  • 9780739119617

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McMonagle tackles a challenging question in this thoroughly researched study: How do we best explain the long and contentious political struggle over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Understanding the partisan, ideological, and institutional roots of the fight over ANWR offers a window into understanding all instances where policymakers and attentive publics struggle to balance the equally desired goals of energy production and environmental protection. The result is a careful, theoretically rich, empirically informed, and policy-relevant effort to make sense of these dilemmas and, in the process, find ways to get beyond them. -- Christopher J. Bosso, author ofEnvironment, Inc. andPesticides and Politics Caribou and Conoco is the first of its kind of analysis of the ANWR (drilling vs. environmental protection) issue. This well-researched and detailed work examines how drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was pushed onto the national agenda in the 1990s, periodically resurfacing and seemingly decided in favor of environmental protection. Looking at ANWR, and extending the analysis onto other environmental policy issues (oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, drilling on public lands, and windfarms off the coast of Massachusetts), Robert McMonagle cogently explains environmental policy change while encouraging political scientists to become more active in public deliberations on the environment. This book is a must-read for students of public policy and the environment. -- Kyle Kreider, author ofVoting in America: A Documentary and Reference Guide Robert McMonagle guides us carefully and thoroughly through the long-running Arctic National Wildlife Refuge policy debate, helping us understand how and why Congressional, media, and public framing of ANWR issues have shifted that debate over the past couple decades. His lucid analysis of one of the defining environmental issues of our time is essential reading for academicians and practitioners. McMonagle's methodology and findings are applicable to a great variety of ecological, social, public health, and other pressing policy debates. -- Robert J. Mason, author ofCollaborative Land Use Management: The Quieter Revolution in Place-Based Planningshow more

About Robert John McMonagle

Robert J. McMonagle is associate professor of political science at Neumann University in more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Figures Chapter 3 Tables Chapter 4 List of Abbreviations Chapter 5 Preface Chapter 6 Acknowledgments Chapter 7 1 Introduction: Rethinking Environmental-Energy Policy Studies Chapter 8 2 The Case of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR): A History Chapter 9 3 Advance to Go: The ANWR Policy Monopoly Unravels Chapter 10 4 "Civility" in Washington? Party Politics in Environmental-Energy Policy Making Chapter 11 5 Forces for Change: Political and Social Currents for ANWR, Western Lands, the Gulf of Mexico, and Cape Cod Wind Farms Chapter 12 6 Patterns of Decisions across the Environment-Energy Divide Chapter 13 Methodological Appendix Chapter 14 Bibliography Chapter 15 Indexshow more