Today's Environmental Issues

Democrats and Republicans

by Teri J. Walker


In today's era of extreme political polarization, how do Republican and Democratic perspectives differ on important issues like climate change, species protection, and fracking?

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December 2017


Pages 382
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/U.S. Public Policy and Administration

An accessible and impartial survey of the positions of the Republican and Democratic parties on the most pressing environmental issues of our time, from climate change and wilderness preservation to air and water pollution.

Today's Environmental Issues: Democrats and Republicans presents a unique perspective on party politics—one that impartially identifies similarities and differences regarding an array of topics ranging from fracking, sustainability, and pesticides to logging and noise pollution. Essays provide both historical information and up-to-date coverage of partisan opinions on today's environmental concerns. Written for upper level high school students, undergraduates, and general audiences interested in environmental issues and partisan viewpoints, this book enables readers to better understand the origins, details, differences, and commonalities of partisan opinions surrounding today's environmental concerns.

Each environmental issue is unique with its own set of concerns and impacts, particularly when viewed from a party perspective. By examining a breadth of issues from the party viewpoint, readers can understand how the parties could work together or in opposition, depending on the environmental issue—and that the parties may not always be polar opposites on every issue, a characterization that is often portrayed in the media. Each essay includes a sidebar that presents a quick look at the party line, individuals who have shaped opinion or policy, or key court decisions.


  • Offers a comprehensive collection of essays that explain how party politics affect perspectives on current environmental issues and policies
  • Provides readers with basic definitions and historical background for understanding the debate on each environmental issue
  • Supplies an up-to-date and unbiased overview of Democrat and Republican views on a variety of issues
Series Description

Across the Aisle

The Across the Aisle series was crafted to help students and the general public understand the positions taken by both of America's major political parties on the most pressing issues of the day. At a time when political gridlock and partisan hostility are the most recognizable patterns in both federal and state government, this series promises to provide an impartial and nuanced understanding of party politicking, the issues that divide us, and the potential paths toward compromise.

Each volume in the series examines the parties' positions—both historically and today—regarding a major area of American public policy. The coverage serves to strip away political spin and help readers gain a true understanding of the arguments and records of both Republicans and Democrats on today's hot-button political issues and controversies.
Author Info

Teri J. Walker, PhD, is associate professor of political science at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL. She is author of "Judicial Policy Making: The Environmental Protection Agency's Enforcement of the Resource, Conservation, and Recovery Act" in Politics & Policy.



"The book deftly explains the different stances of each party and expertly documents differences of opinion within the parties, effectively debunking assumptions. . . . VERDICT An excellent, balanced resource that summarizes complex and sometimes controversial political stances on environmental issues for general readers, high school students, and undergraduates."—Library Journal

"Today's Environmental Issues is recommended for students and researchers who want a quick introduction to a topic of contemporary environmental concern, along with a description of leaders' voting patterns on those topics."—Booklist Online

"Scholars and students should find the information useful to their studies."—ARBA

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