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Late last year, two thirty-something political strategists caused a great deal of consternation and angst among the environmental community by releasing an essay boldly titled "The Death of Environmentalism." In it, the progressive upstarts argued that mainstream American environmentalism suffers from a narrow obsession with technocratic policy approaches to environmental problems, an inability to articulate a compelling, affirmative moral vision of environmental progrss, and a professional insularism that discourages effective coalition building. Not long after this essay appeared, Georgetown law professor Richard Lazarus, a leading participant in and observer of developments in environmental law over the last twenty-five years, released a book in which he sought to explain the rise of modern American environmental law, document its accomplishments and failures, and assess its potential for reinvention in the face of new and profound challenges.
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