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Nowhere is the interplay between private virtue and public values reflected more clearly than in the competing demands for the use of the resources of the earth. The move from a senior executive in business to undersecretary of the interior in the Carter administration was for Joseph an opportunity to help resolve largely ethical issues. This chapter is a behind-the-scenes look at how decisions are made in government and what ethical principles should apply. The debates about offshore leasing, the national obligation to Native Americans, the balance between environmental protection and economic development, the tension between oil drillers and fishermen and coal miners and park enthusiasts were just a few of the issues requiring both good policy analysis and transcendent moral principles.

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