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Unit II Test - Scale and Influence of the US Government
Answer the following series of questions about Unit II dealing with the branches of government. You need to answer 6 questions for a total of 30 points. If you answer seven questions I will still take the score from your top 6.
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1. What are the purpose of committees and subcommittees within congress? Choose a specific committee or subcommittee and explain what types of issues in particular they might deal with. What is an advantage, and a disadvantage, of having the committee system? *
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2. Ultimately which branch has the most power to affect the protection of the environment? Make a clear statement as to which branch has the most power, then explain your reasoning as to why you think this branch does. Provide evidence in the form of an example to support your reasoning. *
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3. Which president has had the greatest impact on the environment (positively or negatively). Explain your reasoning and provide real evidence as examples to support your reasoning. *
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4. How can laws like the Endangered Species act, or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) prevent further governmental actions that might impact the environment negatively? Provide real or hypothetical examples to support your answer. *
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5. Choose two of the Independent scientific agencies (NOAA, NASA, or USGS) and for both of them explain their general responsibilities. You need to specifically mention two things that each of the agencies is responsible for. *
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6. Explain the role of the EPA and how their role can change with different presidents in office. *
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7. How can the Supreme Court have a role in the enforcement of environmental legislation? Give an example (real or hypothetical) to explain how the supreme court could intervene on the environment's behalf. *
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8. How are executive departments involved in environmental protection? Give an example of one of the executive department and give specific examples of decisions that could be made by the particular executive department, and the effect they specifically can have of the environment. (It may be helpful to connect to the agencies they oversee) *
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