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Climate of Capitulation: An Insider's Account of State Power in a Coal Nation (MIT Press)

Vivian E. Thomson

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ISBN 10: 0262036347 / ISBN 13: 9780262036344
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Title: Climate of Capitulation: An Insider's ...

Publisher: The MIT Press

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Who wields power--and how--in environmental policy making at the state level, and how to fight ingrained favoritism toward coal and electric utilities.  A rare insider's story.

Dr. Michael Mann, 2019 winner of the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, calls Climate of Capitulation a "no-holds-barred exposé" and a "must-read."
2018 book award, PROSE competition (Honorable Mention, Government and Politics), a much-coveted recognition for "the very best in professional and scholarly publishing."

In Climate of Capitulation, Vivian Thomson offers an insider's account of how power is wielded at the state level when coal air pollution threatens people and ecosystems. Professor Thomson, a former member of Virginia's State Air Pollution Control Board, identifies a "climate of capitulation" in state government -- a deeply rooted favoritism toward coal and electric utilities in states' air pollution policies.

Thomson illuminates overt and covert power struggles that involved a host of players, including Governor Tim Kaine, and she exposes the root causes of Virginia's climate of capitulation. Extending her analysis to fifteen other coal-dependent states, Thomson offers policy reforms aimed at mitigating ingrained biases toward coal and electric utilities in states' air pollution policy making.

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Environmental policy expert Vivian E. Thomson is former Professor in the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Politics at the University of Virginia, where she was on the faculty from 1997 to 2017 and where she directed the Environmental Thought and Practice BA Program. She has been an air pollution policymaker at the national and state levels in the USA and she has been Distinguished Fulbright Professor of American Studies in Denmark.

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