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Enviro-Mich message from "Tracy  Mehan" <MEHANG@state.mi.us>
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The question as to what Theodore Roosevelt would say about the current environmental debate is also wrapped up with a general debate over the Progressive Movement and its reliance on Big Government, i.e., the Federal Government, to combat, say, 
"the trusts."  Numerous conservative writers now criticize Roosevelt for being a big government executive, a rascist, etc.
Neo-liberals, such as E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post, defend the Progressive paradigm as still necessary in an international economy.  Samuel Hayes, the historian, noted the the early conservation movement did, in fact, believe in the primacy of "scientific management" carried out by centralized government.  The deference to abstract science is, of course, waining since WWI, WWII, etc.  Many conservatives are groping for a Tocquevillian environmental policy which recognizes civil society, intermediate institutions, federalism and subsidiarity.  I hope this helps.

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