chapter  3
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In order to understand the current state of alternative energy development, we examine how the regulatory institutions that attempted to protect the environment have proliferated. The environmental laws we discuss in this chapter have been created to serve several purposes. Their purpose is to protect federal land holdings, historical places and symbols, address concerns over pollution and the safety of fl ora, fauna and humans, and even to serve as reparations for the historical mistreatment of Native Americans. In addition to the many federal regulations that shape environmental institutions, governments use subsidies and tax policy to infl uence the alternative energy market.