This collection of essays by noted academicians, lawyers, energy agency administrators, and research analysts focuses on the political and legal aspects of the acid rain debate, the policy options for resolving the controversy, and the international dimensions of acid rain control. The contributors highlight concerns drawn primarily from the developing study of acid rain in political science, economics, public administration, and policy analysis--concerns that are the focal point of the public debate over the nature, impact, and cost of acid rain and the mitigation of its effects. The book complements the impressive body of research from the natural sciences and responds to the need for applied study to help resolve the current policy stalemate on this critical environmental issue.
Westview Special Studies -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- An Overview of the Acid Rain Debate: Politics, Science, and the Search for Consensus -- The Political Context -- The Foundations of Policy Immobilism over Acid Rain Control -- Public Opinion and the Environment: The Problem of Acid Rain -- Policy Issues and Alternatives -- Perspectives on Acid Deposition Control: Science, Economics, and Policymaking -- Acid Rain Legislation and the Clean Air Act: Time to Raise the Bridge or Lower the River? -- Predicting Deposition Reductions Using Long-Range Transport Models: Some Policy Implications -- The Design of Cost-Effective Strategies to Control Acidic Deposition -- Equitably Reducing Transboundary Causes of Acid Rain: An Economic Incentive Regulatory Approach -- International-Comparative Dimensions -- Environmental vs. Ecological Perspectives on Acid Rain: The American Environmental Movement and the West German Green Party -- Acid Rain—Acid Diplomacy -- Conclusion: A Prospectus on the Future -- The U.S. Politics of Acid Rain -- Appendix