Because of lacking of economic growth, Reagan dismantled much of the Environmental legislation and achievements of the 1970s
Secretary of Interior during Reagan. Dismantled environmental protection programs
(1970s-80s) Supported by James Watt. A movement that wanted to sell government land to ranchers, miners loggers etc. Bakclash against Watt he was forced to reign in 1982
Under the Clean Air Act established acceptable limits of ozone at 0.12 parts of ozone per million parts, however 1/3 of Americans live in an area that exceeds this limit. Could cause cancer and respiratory problems
(1987) U.S. and 23 other countries agreed to phase out CFC’s by 1999. Revised 5+ times
(1989) oil tanker Exxon Valdez spilt 11 million gallons of crude oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound
(1987) Fish and Wildlife Service received first petition to regard the northern spotted owl as “threatened” as defined by the Endangered Species Act. First diagreed but with pressure they agreed
(1980) Protested animal farming and animal testing, the clothing trade, and animals in entertainment.
Animal Liberation Front
Extreme group Animal Libertation Group. No formal leadership. Grou pthat using sabotage and direct action
(June 1992) called the The Earth Summit. It was the first international meeting to address environmental issues on a global level. 172 governments participated. Discuss another form of energy, growing scarcity of water and new public transportation
Earth in the Balance
(1992) Book written by Al Gore. Calls for tougher regulations and enviromental laws. Clinton said he would sign what Bush Sr. would not, but Clinton has the economy to worry about
(Sept. 10, 1990). Trying to get children active in the eviroment. Enemies are big oil, pollution companies and garbage. Other examples include: Spotless Susies, the Owl, Smokey the Bear
(1997) 160 in attendence. Climate-Change Conference to cut emissions and green-house gases. Idea was to limit green house gases, Clinton signed it, congress never ratified it.
Six greenhouse gases picked inthe Kyoto Conference