Saving Our Environment from Washington

Book Forum
April 22, 2005 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT


Featuring David Schoenbrod, Professor of Law, New York Law School; Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; Author, Saving Our Environment from Washington: How Congress Grabs Power, Shirks Responsibility, and Shortchanges the People (Yale University Press, 2005) and moderated by Jerry Taylor, Director of Natural Resource Studies, Cato Institute.

In 1970, Congress created the EPA on the theory that only a national agency insulated from accountability to voters could produce the scientifically grounded pollution rules needed to save a careless public from its own filth. But David Schoenbrod, former Natural Resources Defense Council senior attorney, has come to the conclusion that letting the EPA dictate to the nation is a mistake. In his new book, Prof. Schoenbrod argues that the EPA is a musclebound agency that, under Democrats and Republicans alike, delays good rules, imposes bad ones, and is so massive, mighty, and remote that it does unnecessary damage to our society.