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Governmental Action

 
Over the years, the government has become more aware of environmental issues and has responded through legislation.

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The following articles have been taken from both Catholic and secular media sources.
 
          There are many environmental issues that affect us, such as air pollution, water pollution, deforestation, etc. These articles express that in this present day, there is an urgent need to improve the environmental condition. They provide some examples of governmental action intended to reverse the declining state of the environment. Most of these improvements have been made possible through legislation.



PAST GOVERNMENTAL ACTIONS:

House ponders brownfields legislation - August 2001

Taken from: SALT OF THE EARTH
          This article is an example of efforts to improve the environment. Through legislation, NJ was able to get money to support the environmental cleanup of abandoned urban sites of contamination.
 
 

California raises the bar on emission standards - August 2002

Taken from: SALT OF THE EARTH
          Describes legislative action to reduce pollution causing greenhouse gasses.
 
 

RECENT GOVERNMENTAL INITIATIVES:

Poverty and disease make global security risks - July 2004

Taken from: SALT OF THE EARTH
          This article outlines the unfavorable conditions in society and the environment, focusing on the causing factors of poverty. There is a section detailing the harmful effects of pollution and how it promotes poverty. It later describes actions being taken to improve the welfare of our society. Concerning the topic of the environment, it goes on to describe the actions taken to promote clean energy through alternative sources.
 
 

Air Pollution a Top Priority for Bush - December 2004

Taken from: THE NEW YORK TIMES
          This article describes President Bush’s plan to initiate new governmental regulations to promote the clean up of air pollution, starting in the New Year.
 
 

Schwarzenegger Vows to Defend Emissions Law - December 2004

Taken from: THE NEW YORK TIMES
        This article details how California’s new legislation is trying to cut back on greenhouse gas to promote the clean up of air pollution.