(1) American Environmental History, Part 2 of 2; (2) Commentary on Environment and Business in America

Dolores Greenberg, Milton Heath, Jonathan Howes, Martin Melosi, and William Tucker discuss questions on environmental policy, including the balance between private enterprise and the public interest; the role of expert opinion from humanistic and scientific perspectives; and whether economic growth and social progress are inclusive or exclusive of each other.

In conclusion [23: 26], Hal Crowther comments on the lack of planning for environmental sustainability in American businesses, beginning with a condemnation of President Ronald Reagan’s environmental policies and continuing with the example of deforestation in North Carolina and the role played by Senator Jesse Helms.

At the time of this interview, Greenberg was director of Energy Policy Studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Heath was professor in the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Howes was director of the Urban Studies Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Melosi, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1982-83), was professor of history at Texas A&M University. Tucker, the author of Progress and Privilege: America in the Age of Environmentalism, was a freelance journalist.

Crowther was editor-at-large for Spectator Magazine (Raleigh, N.C.).

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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