The citizen suit provision of the Clean Water Act is an important tool to protect and improve rivers, creeks, streams, and wetlands especially as state agencies may not have the resources to conduct regular water quality monitoring on every water body. Citizen involvement in monitoring and reporting pollution problems is key to watershed protection; hereby helping the government enforce the laws.
The environmental protection agency has been stepping up its mandate of ensuring safer and better environment for not only the business operators, buts also the society as a whole. In order to achieve this goal of environmental protection, there has been the creation of environmental protection agency that has ensured that all the businesses, irrespective of their size and type, strive to ensure that the environment is protected for the benefit of current and future generations.
Environmental agencies focus on fossil fuels as the big bad baddy of greenhouse gas emissions leading to global warming, suggesting alternative energy, carpooling, hybrid cars, and biking, but animal agriculture accounts for more carbon dioxide per year than all transportation methods combined.
States has a large amount of coal remaining to be mined and burned, almost three-fourths of the public land in America has been declared off-limits for mining. Mountaintop mining is a relatively new form of surface mining that has steadily gained popularity. The debate as to whether or not this process is an economic necessity or environmental disaster for Kentuckians is the question. Undoubtedly, it is an environmental disaster and it should be removed in every state that they are using it not to mention the health hazards. One report found states, “Although dozens of new coal-burning power plants are planned or under construction, the latest coal boom is meeting resistance from critics who want to shift the U.S. economy toward cleaner fuels. Even if electricity from coal is cheaper than other sources, they argue, the savings are far outweighed by its environmental and health impacts” (Isabella, 2013).
While implementing environmental regulations may seem like an ethical choice, these standards could slow economic growth and hinder competition in society. In an article written by Craig Loehle and Erik B. Schilling titled “Beyond the low-hanging fruit: how should policymakers judge environmental regulations when marginal costs are rising and marginal benefits are falling?” Loehle and Schilling report the findings of a study conducted on the EPA’s current regulations. As Loehle and Schilling explain, the study shows the effects of the EPA’s regulations that attack obvious pollution issues. In the first 30 years after the EPA’s debut, these regulations negatively affected competitiveness and industrial profitability. Some of the EPA’s recent regulations have even higher costs (2). In other words, Loehle and Schilling are maintaining that many of EPA’s most basic regulations impede economic progress. This is not to say that all environmental regulations impair the economy, but rather to say that the most obvious solutions to ecological problems may be a drag on society’s progress. Nevertheless, the data shows that the enactment of stricter
The first topic I’m going to discuss is the global competition in this industry. The American Auto
The air pollution is the challenge that the U.S. Presidents have to face and figure out the best solution to reduce it. This is seen as the environmental protection war, which every people on the world are responsible to protect and reduce air pollution. Before, President Barak Obama had effort to combat climate change to reduce air pollution. However, President Donald Trump canceled and chose the EPA program that is not easy to keep balance between benefits and risks from it. According to the EPA agent, “ the annual budget currently stands about $8.06 billion closing to its lowest level in 40 years.” (Krupp, Fred, 2017, p. 73-82) Clearly, the government policies try to give out the best budget to reduce the air pollution in the best as they can. There are so many
“Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to be dispersed because we have been ignorant of their value.” - R. Buckminster Fuller. A bus company in Great Britain has taken this quote into full effect. The Bath Bus Company has created a first ever “Bio-Bus” and will transfer its passengers between the Bath and Bristol Airport. This 40-seat bus runs completely on biomethane gas which is generated through food waste and human waste. This bus fills two needs: transporting passengers and improving air quality. By recycling an undesirable product, this bus company has created something that improves their society (Pollution Control). There are many more examples of countries and communities developing a product or plan to improve the quality of their life. In fact, environmental protection has dated back to the beginning of ancient civilizations and has continued to be an important concept in today’s society.
The only thing stopping the human population from an event of mass extinction is the federal, state, and other international governments. Climate change is a current, and very real threat, in fact, it is even considered a national security threat to Pentagon officials. Global temperatures, sea levels, and CO2 levels are all rising at an exponential rate. If action isn 't taken by such levels of government, planet earth is destined for doom. The question, however, is if the government should be responsible for regulating the environment, and then that sparks the question of which level of government should regulate the environment. Although I agree that the federal government has the upperhand in influencing states to enact laws upon specific environmental policies, and while power not granted to the government belongs to the state and people, I still insist that environmental regulations should be set in the hands of both state and federal government in order to assure adequate environmental protection over localized areas upon which the U.S. government has limited jurisdiction.
As we look back upon history, we have considered our planet to have a never ending supply of resources that humans need in order to satisfy their needs and wants. However, if you look at the world recently, humans have started to realize that these resources aren’t unlimited and have started thinking about sustainability, protection and the preservation of the environment. Looking at the limited supply of natural resources and the increasing utilization due to the growing population and consumption, if we do not come up with a solution to this global environmental crisis, the over depletion of resources will be ongoing which will jeopardize the standard of living for future generations. Natural calamities, droughts, decreasing clean water supply, air pollution, and increasing global temperatures will all continue unless we start taking action immediately. For example, smog that was caused by air pollution in China led to water contamination for natives in China which led to wild life disruption with oil spills (Black,2007). According to theorists in the readings, development and underdevelopment are both caused by environmental situations. Economic development and environment issues are interrelated issues that need to be looked at together and that development processes degrade the environment which eventually can undermine economic development (WCED, 1987:3). Sustainability stipulates the situations under which individuals and environment can survive efficiently as a
For the past few many people have wonder, or become more aware of our planet’s changes and the way it has been affecting us all along. Some people take this very serious, but others are not taking the warnings that our Earth, our home, has given us. There has been a lot of research over the past couple of decades to determine the effect of the many unusual patterns of some natural “disasters”. There has been a lot of confusion based on the results of the many scientists that have tried to work out this ongoing process. This confusion is due to the different data results of each investigation. Some scientist have predicted that the worst is coming just around the corner. That it is a fact that catastrophes will
life. This does not place the effects that it has on our natural environment as