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Much of what we see in environmental activism today has its roots in the 1970s. Several high-profile environmental disasters set the stage for President Richard Nixon’s signing of the National Environmental Policy Act on January 1, 1970. But business interests fought back even as more legislation followed. The modern era of environmental impact statements and court battles came to be. In the succeeding years, environmental issues have remained a battlefield of U.S. politics. The recent examples of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines show how the patterns of the 1970s get repeated.

Presenter: James Peyton

Location: Building 3, Room 102