California Greenin' How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader.

Author:Silverstein, Barry
Position:Book review

David Vogel; CALIFORNIA GREENIN'; Princeton University Press (Nonfiction: Ecology & Environment) 29.95 ISBN: 9780691179551

Byline: Barry Silverstein

Retired university professor David Vogel does a masterful job of exploring past and present efforts to protect California's natural beauty and resources. Through research and observation, Vogel confirms that "No other state has enacted so many innovative, comprehensive, and stringent environmental regulations over such a long period of time." The "greening" of California, as Vogel calls it, derives from a unique collaboration of the state's citizenry, businesses, and politically invoked regulations, all working toward a common goal.

The magnitude of environmental concern is clear in Vogel's evocative descriptions of such fragile resources as California's redwoods, beaches, coastline, and the San Francisco Bay. Sections of the book cover in detail the state's challenges in dealing with the impact of oil drilling and air pollution, as well as the need to manage and preserve water.

Perhaps the most notable environmental protection policy is California's vanguard automobile emissions standards that paved the way for establishment of federal standards. More recently, California has been an environmental leader in renewable...

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