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

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

Zygmunt J. B. Plater


Even this day, thirty years after the criminal battles to save lots of the endangered snail darter, the little fish that blocked final touch of a TVA dam remains to be invoked as an icon of leftist extremism and governmental foolishness. during this eye-opening publication, the legal professional who along with his scholars fought and gained the perfect courtroom case—known formally as Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill—tells the hidden tale at the back of one of many nation’s most important environmental legislations battles.
The realities of the darter’s case, Plater asserts, were always mischaracterized in politics and the media. This ebook deals an in depth account of the six-year campaign opposed to a pork-barrel undertaking that made no financial feel and used to be wrong from the beginning. actually TVA’s venture was once designed for sport and genuine property improvement. And on the middle of the little team combating the undertaking within the courts and Congress have been relations farmers attempting to shop their houses and farms, so much of which have been to be resold in a company land improvement scheme. Plater’s gripping story of electorate navigating the tangled corridors of nationwide energy stimulates vital questions about our nation’s governance, and eventually units the snail darter’s checklist straight.

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