Posted 01.18.2016 in Reviews by Editor
Let's get straight to the dirt: Margo Oge knows where the bodies are buried. Her new book Driving the Future reviews the prospects of various new technologies to address the public health concerns caused by the tailpipe emissions of cars and trucks. But the part I found most interesting was the astonishing revelations about how good policy based on science is thwarted by political hacks. It's all a matter of knowing where to turn the screw it seems. Or which button not to push. The story that best characterizes the kind of galling obstructionism that delayed passage of more stringent air quality regulations during the G.W. Bush administration is related in a chapter aptly named "Tortured Policy."