Essay about The Prevention of a New Earth Day

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For the longest time environmentalism was considered to be an after-thought in American politics. The words recycling, carpooling, and clean energy were non-existent in our vocabulary. Today however, the condition of the environment is of up most importance. Even though the new millennium has brought increased environmental awareness, our planet is still in dire condition and is on the verge of being uninhabitable. Although new government and international policies strive to limit pollution and degradation, they lack enforcement and achievement of these environmental goals is minimal. A creative, multi-national solution integrating children in middle schools and the world’s most powerful leaders is more crucial now than ever before if we …show more content…
As a result, national parks are buried under thick amounts of haze pollution obstructing some of the most magnificent views in the world. Both policies, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act, had good intentions, but fell well short of achieving their goals. The unproductive nature of these bills and countless others developed by the federal government can be traced to flaws in our legislative system. The process of creating a bill and signing it into law could take upwards of a year without any guarantee that it will pass. In addition, because many bills are over hundreds of pages long, it takes time for committees to read each bill and agree to add or remove certain parts so that it can be widely agreed upon. After passing through committees the bill is debated upon on the floor of the House and Senate. These discussions take up a substantial amount of time as senators and representatives negotiate every aspect of the bill. Furthermore, lobbying only makes the process more dysfunctional. On the behalf of corporations, constituents, or special interest groups, legislatures are pressured to propose a certain bill, vote a particular way, or sway the opinions of fellow representatives. In

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