Tools to Aid Environmental Decision Making

  • Virginia H. Dale
  • Mary R. English

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Mary R. English, Virginia H. Dale, Claire Van Riper-Geibig, Wendy Hudson Ramsey, Robin Gregory
    Pages 1-31
  3. Robin Gregory, Joseph W. Lewis
    Pages 32-61
  4. Virginia H. Dale, Robert V. O’Neill, William R. Miller III
    Pages 62-93
  5. William R. Freudenburg, Roy Silver, Ungar Natter, Chetan Talwalkar
    Pages 94-129
  6. Mary L. Lyndon, Dean Hill Rivkin
    Pages 130-160
  7. Jeffrey P. Osleeb, Sami Kahn, Surya S. Prasad
    Pages 161-191
  8. J. Scott Armstrong, Julia A. Trevarthen
    Pages 192-230
  9. Miley W. Merkhofer, Lynn C. Maxwell
    Pages 231-284
  10. Gilbert Bergquist, Constance Bergquist, Katharine Jacobs
    Pages 285-316
  11. Mary R. English, Virginia H. Dale
    Pages 317-328
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 329-342

About this book


Environmental decision making is, like politics, mostly local. In fact, making decisions about the environment at the subnationallevel-in state, regional, and local jurisdictions-is a lot like politics. For resolving environ­ mental issues demands, but often resists, a balance between deeply held feelings and stark confrontations among opposing views. This volume describes tools that should make the decision maker's lot a bit more tolerable. The authors would be the last to suggest that these decision-aiding tools will somehow bring a benign order to issues that reach to people's fundamental values. What they can help do is to keep the debate focused on the important issues, to serve up useful options, and to narrow the range of disagreement. Even this is a challenging assignment. Still, why bother? The chief reason is that the locus of environmental decision making has, in the past decade or so, shifted from the national to the subnationallevel (a convenient, if colorless, term to denote the hurly­ burly of environmental controversy outside the Washington Beltway). For example, New England has taken a regional stand on tropospheric ozone control, and California requires automotive pollution controls that some other jurisdictions have partially adopted. This shift is a profound but not unexpected result of the way environmental policy has evolved since the modern environmental movement began around the late 1960s. Back then, the pendulum was swinging the other way.


decision making environment environmental policy law

Editors and affiliations

  • Virginia H. Dale
    • 1
  • Mary R. English
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental Sciences DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  2. 2.Energy, Environment and Resources CenterUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-98556-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-1418-2
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