Heard on Campus: Author Mark Schapiro at the Penn State Forum

"What is it that has power in this world? Putting aside military strength for the moment, power comes -- think about it -- from this very boring word of 'regulation.' What a dull word. People looked at me like, 'Man, you are writing a book about regulation -- that is like the dullest thing on the planet.' And to some extent, if you approach it a certain way, it can be very dull. But there is enormous drama in regulation because there's conflict. There is conflict. There are interests on each side, and if you can get at those interests you can find the essential conflicts of our time through this world of regulation."

-- Mark Schapiro, editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit organization of journalists producing investigative stories for all media. Schapiro spoke today (Feb. 19) at the Penn State Forum on the topic of modern environmental power. His recent book, "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power" investigates the response of U.S. business to the heightening of environmental standards in the European Union.

Last Updated November 18, 2010