Washington, D.C. is known for the White House, for Capitol Hill, all the monuments to great Americans and to historic moments. But there is a great deal more in the nation's capitol than politics and monuments.
The Republican Party believes that preserving of the environment is a conservative value so long as it does not interfere with economics. Any environmental policy must in return, promise to increase economic growth, and not infringe on private property rights for it to be deemed practical.
This case study provides a brief overview of the U.S. government legislation and policy environment as well as impacts on an organization.
Global warming or climate change is at the top of the agenda as far as major environmental issues go. All our current environmental issues end up becoming a global problem. Take any one, two, or even three issues; water levels rising, carbon emissions, temperature increases and you have global warming. These issues and more combined starts a cascade effect like gradual heating of earth, ocean levels start to rise due to melting of polar ice caps in short, a greenhouse effect.
Of course, such an endeavor cannot be met by America’s ambitions alone, but by meeting other nations levels of commitment and by setting certain courses of action, America will lead by example and other nations will be set up for success. This will allow us to advance toward a better world as a whole. Low carbon pollution has the potential to strengthen our nation through investment and innovation in clean energy. By investing more time in industries such as wind and solar power there will not only be a cleaner environment, but a steady stream of middle class jobs. Something that has occurred over the past few years with Obamas current Clean Power Plan. Power plants are the largest source of emissions in the United States. In August 2015, the
Another very crucial environmental issue, besides global warming, involves the finite nature of natural re, which are being depleted faster than their replenishment rates. The development model of the 20th century, which promoted the continuous consumption of products, has resulted in the reduction of agriculture land, food, water re as also fossil fuels. If humanity continues to consume fossil fuels at the same rate as today, oil re will run out by 2030, gas by 2040 and coal by 2200. By 2025, the number of people suffering due to water stress will rise to approximately 3.5 billion and almost half the world’s population is expected to experience high water stress by
Eden; it is a word that, for most, inspires thoughts of lush green trees, untarnished fruit, soft green grass, perfect blue skies, and harmony within nature. According to Judeo-Christian teachings, this is similar to the state in which the world began. It was an environment unspoiled by humans, unblemished by their pollution. Such a pristine utopia is often hard for a person to imagine today amongst the industrial smokestacks and their billowing gray clouds, between the rancid landfill mounds, and surrounded by stagnant pools of oil-slicked water.
During the late 1700s, many Americans advocated for social justice, economic empowerment, property rights and environmental protection. Their advocacy created a national phenomenon that empowered government and policymakers to execute policies aimed at solving these problems nationwide. The government again took action to enact numerous laws, some of which became the foundation for modern environmental policy and regulations in the United States. “On the national level, the first federal action to respond to public concerns about air quality was the Clean Air Act of 1955” (Longhurst and Lewis 2010, 39).The implementation of some of these newly created environmental laws began to interfere with state regulations, and as such, they often violated citizen’s property rights. Although such policy oftentimes violates citizen rights, it allows government and policymakers to respond to the growing population and market demand. Infringement on property rights did not just take root in the environmental sector in the 1800s. It started as a result of massive construction, inadequate hazardous waste disposal systems, and overpopulation due to urbanization and economic growth in the nineteenth century. It became clear that uncontrolled pollution, including underwater pollutions, led to the spread of environmental disease, thus affecting human health and safety.
On January 1, 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. §4321 et seq. (1969) was signed into law and requires that federal agencies assess the environmental effects of their actions before making decisions like granting permit applications, adopting federal land management actions and constructing highways or other publicly owned facilities. NEPA was one of the original laws that established the framework to protect our environment. Its policies are to assure that the government gives proper consideration to the environment before undertaking any major federal action that could significantly have any environmental effects (the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2017).
While the Environmental Protection agency has extensive authority over the United States environmental health, the EPA has no more say than any other agency. While the EPA is the only federal agency which has authority over matter that deal with the environment, they can only deal with matter that threaten the environment's or citizens
Environmental issues has been trying to make its way to the top of the US’ agenda for quite some time now. Although aggregate environmental issues are significantly vast, Environmental Injustice has been a problematic ongoing issue for many years. On February 16, 1994, Bill Clinton signed the Executive Order 12898, which stands for “ Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations”. Executive Orders are legally binding orders given by the President to Federal Administrative Agencies and they do not require Congressional approval to take effect but they have the same legal weight as laws passed by Congress. Also, the President's source of authority to issue Executive Orders can be found in
Saving the environment wasn’t always the goal of the government, but in the last couple of years the government has implicated some rules to make the environment better, but some don’t believe that the environment is deteriorating. Even though cleaning the environment was a major initiative in the 1970’a recently the government hasn’t done much to improve the environment. In the article “How the U.S. Protects the Environment, From Nixon to Trump” by Robinson Myers, the author talks about what President Nixon has done for the environment and the laws he has enforced to make the environment more efficient. Also, the article discusses how the EPA plays a role in helping the environment and if the laws have helped the environment. Richard Nixon
After a city has been struck by a storm or a natural disaster, governments have created different policies that help people during the aftermath of the storm. Climate change has had an impact on people’s lives through the years, and the Clean Air Act of 1970 was created in order to make the air that we breather cleaner, with newly enhanced technology (Obama). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created the Clean Air Act in order to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide (“Federal Action on Climate”). Just like the Clean Air Act and the EPA, the Department of Defense (DOD) helps plan consequences of cClimate cChange, in order for better global security and research on global change (“Federal Action on Climate Change”). As a response
The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation established the Brookhaven landfill in March 1974. Since then, residents have revealed many health concerns and other relative issues against the placement of the landfill. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has been addressed in regards to a necessary public health consultation to draw attention to these concerns. After further cooperative agreements amongst the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) and ATSDR, a public health consultation was reached. Many solutions have been uncovered; however, the outcome has yet to be determined as it is evident that a reasonable response must be initiated through the cooperation of the government and community.