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Fighting Pollution and Climate Change: An EPA Veterans' Guide - How to Join in Saving Our Life on Planet Earth by Richard W. Emory, Jr.

Fighting Pollution and Climate Change: An EPA Veterans' Guide - How to Join in Saving Our Life on Planet Earth

by Richard W. Emory, Jr.

352 pages
This book by an EPA insider reviews the history, science, and law of pollution control. It displays the tools available now to control man-made climate change. It inspires concerned citizens, especially younger people who will inherit a dangerous planet, to join in saving our life on Earth.

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About the Book
Inside the U.S. government EPA 40 years ago (from 1979), scientists clearly saw climate change as a potentially horrific problem. Since 2017, U.S. tools of pollution control have been disassembled or left unused. Climate change is squarely on the national agenda for the first time in the 2020 Presidential election. The western world sees the need to resuscitate the U.S. EPA to manage the “Green New Deal” (in whatever form it may take), and for the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and restore U.S. global climate leadership.

Fighting Pollution and Climate Change provides needed and timely advice to new activists in the Congress, to the youth of the Sunrise Movement, Extinction Rebellion, We Don’t Have Time, Right to Zero, and to similar movements around the world and now marching into the news. Climate change is another air-pollution problem like others already successfully resolved or at least effectively addressed, many nationally and some internationally. In recent decades, new technologies have proven themselves to be effective, affordable, safe, and climate-friendly. This book displays these tools and the policies and laws needed to apply them. Starting whenever our national government regains its senses, it shouldn't be too late to save our life on planet earth.

In this genre, the interest is global. And upon such a compelling topic, the content of Fighting Pollution and Climate Change is outstanding and unique because of these features:

•Authenticity—Other authors in this genre—bona fide scientists, a politician, an esteemed academic and social organizer, a philosopher, journalists, and other concerned and well-meaning persons—are government outsiders and commentators. The author is not an outside observer. During more than three decades when EPA developed and applied the now well-used and trusty tools of effective pollution control, the author was part of it all. This book may be the first written by an EPA insider who, working both at home and abroad, has confronted and can tell us what both our nation and our planet are facing and what must be done.

•Scope—Broader than climate change, this book also is about a variety of other environmental threats that also require global attention and must be approached holistically. Accordingly, this multi-disciplinary book covers science, technology, engineering, economics, history, policy, law, and governance both domestic and international. The expansive scope increases its intellectual appeal and usefulness in college courses in environmental studies and pre-law.

•Focus on Needed Results—The book reviews the dismal climate science (which is now certain) and the frightful consequences of continuing with the fossil-fuel business-as-usual. Yet the book is positive and hopeful, with more emphasis on solutions, being the technologies and proven policies that EPA has available now.

•Adventures and Fun – To lighten the mood, to engage and amuse the reader, and to attract young readers to follow in a career like the author’s, the book also describes his adventures in public service, from the military to courtroom trials to foreign missions and living abroad.

•Personal Growth and Civic Action—Finally, the book speaks to environmental activists of all ages, especially younger people worried about (and many protesting) climate neglect as an existential crisis. Within the popular genre of “how-to-do-it” guides to success, the book shows the way to build lives of happy employability as full-time professional pollution fighters working to save life on our planet—finding real pleasure, even joy, and paychecks for doing this important work. At the same time, the book will engage their parents and grandparents, who will find reasons to support younger family members seeking education leading to “green” professional careers. All readers will find inspiration to make climate-friendly lifestyle changes and voting choices, and to take effective civic action.


Emory fought the good fight to protect the environment throughout his adventurous career, and his battle-tested insights are worth studying.
- Durwood J. Zaelke, President, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development
A former Environmental Protection Agency attorney delivers an impassioned plea to fight pollution and climate change.***Timely and engaging; a heroic environmental story well told.
- Kirkus Reviews
Fascinating and detailed. This is an engaging page turner. ***It is highly readable, at times funny; a clarion cry.
- Rosamond (via Amazon)
An important and inspiring read! ***Mr. Emory has shared his fascinating story in particular to inspire young people to pick up the torch by choosing any one of many paths available to continue the fight to save our world. A highly recommended read for anyone with a conscience.
- RoneeB (via Amazon)
What you always wanted to know about the EPA. In this insider's view of the EPA, ***his early experience in politics as well as his impressive legal background position him to tell it like it is. What was especially interesting to me was the fact that he was a whistleblower. He faced the same scrutiny and eventual harassment that has been seen all to recently in American politics.
- Roger (via Amazon)
What are we leaving our grandchildren? I thoroughly enjoyed "Fighting Pollution" not only for the information regarding pollution and climate change and what ignoring both will do to future generations, but also for the readability. It is a page turner.
- Jonel (via Amazon)
Fighting corruption – lessons for the next generation ***He weaves his own story of personal highs and lows of his long EPA career with an inspiring narrative about how our nation can tackle the most important environmental issues of our time. He calls on each of us to make a difference!
- Sarah T. (via Amazon)
The extinction of men and women on Earth is the dire prophesy of the author, a distinguished environmental attorney and scholar***. He presents a cogent and actionable plan for us to proceed now to avoid the currently inevitable end of our species. A very compelling read.
- Allison B. (via Amazon)
Highly recommend this book to all ages. ***Mr. Emory's passion for this topic as well as his concerns for our families, particularly the younger members is noteworthy. Will definitely encourage, family, friends and older grandchildren to read this book.
- L&M H (via Amazon)
A must read for everyone who cares about our climate. The book gives a clear explanation of the science of climate change in the context of a world of mixed priorities. ***this book gives a great perspective while challenging the reader to become involved.
- Karl Schoettle (via Amazon)



About the Author
Richard W. Emory, Jr. As a pollution fighter, Richard Emory served in the Headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was the nationwide legal advisor for all EPA pollution-crime investigations, and completed his public-service career working internationally for EPA. He was educated at Yale University and Harvard Law School.



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