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Snail Darter and the Dam How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River

ISBN-10: 0300173245
ISBN-13: 9780300173246
Edition: 2013
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Description: Even today, thirty years after the legal battles to save the endangered snail darter, the little fish that blocked completion of a TVA dam is still invoked as an icon of leftist extremism and governmental foolishness. In this eye-opening book, the  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 6/18/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 392
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Even today, thirty years after the legal battles to save the endangered snail darter, the little fish that blocked completion of a TVA dam is still invoked as an icon of leftist extremism and governmental foolishness. In this eye-opening book, the lawyer who with his students fought and won the Supreme Court case—known officially asTennessee Valley Authority v. Hill—tells the hidden story behind one of the nation’s most significant environmental law battles.The realities of the darter’s case, Plater asserts, have been consistently mischaracterized in politics and the media. This book offers a detailed account of the six-year crusade against a pork-barrel project that made no economic sense and was flawed from the start. In reality TVA’s project was designed for recreation and real estate development. And at the heart of the little group fighting the project in the courts and Congress were family farmers trying to save their homes and farms, most of which were to be resold in a corporate land development scheme. Plater’s gripping tale of citizens navigating the tangled corridors of national power stimulates important questions about our nation’s governance, and at last sets the snail darter’s record straight.

Preface
Introduction: God Is Speaking, by Committee
Of Time, a River, and the Tennessee Valley Authority
At the Old Fort: The Start of a Small Crusade for a Little Fish
Pushing the Snail Darter onto the Endangered Species List
Trial and Tribulation in TVA's Home Court
An Appeal for Justice as Bulldozers Roll
The Snail Darter Goes to Washington
Endangered, on the Banks of the Potomac
The Snail Darter Gets Its Congressional Hearings
The Highest Court?
Another Trial and Vindication, in the God Tribunal
140 Days of a Slow-Ticking Clock, Ending in 42 Seconds
A Phone Call from Air Force One
Epilogue: A Few Years Later, on the CBS Evening Mews
Notes
Index

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