Unit III Test - State and Non-Governmental Environmentalists
Answer the following series of questions about Unit III dealing with the non-federal levels of government. You need to answer 6 questions for a total of 30 points. If you answer more than 6 questions I will still take the score from your top 6.
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1. How can influential figures, like celebrities or artists have an impact on environmental policy? Give an example of an individual and how they were able to influence change.
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2. Do you support or are you against the influence of interests groups in the formation of environmental policy? In you answer be sure to include the role of lobbyists. Give a specific example (real or hypothetical) to support your reasoning.
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3. What are ENGOs? Give an example of one, and how they are able to work to protect the environment. What are the advantages of having ENGOs address environmental issues instead of governmental agencies?
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4. In terms of being able to influence the environment, how are state and local governments similar and different to the national government? Include specific ideas that include their powers, and specific governmental positions.
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5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of politicians being able to receive campaign assistance from PACs (Political Action Committees) and Super-PACs? How might that influence their decision making on matters related to the environment? Include an example in your explanation.
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6. Explain three ways that ordinary citizens can influence government action related to the environment. Evaluate which is the most effective way and explain your reasoning. Provide an example to support your answer.
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7. What types of governmental regulations do zoos need to comply with in order to continue operating? Give a specific example of a law, or an agency that zoos work with. Why are these regulations necessary for the safety of the environment? (This can include the safety of animals)
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8. What role do scientific institutions, like universities or think-tanks, have in the formation of environmental policy. Give an example (real or hypothetical) of how an institution can influence legislation or action.
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