Environmental and Energy Policy
Defining the problem
Conserving energy and the use of energy efficient machines can be the key to creating a pollution free environment while at the same time creating a conducive environment for people to work and live. However, in the recent past, there have been cases of energy miss use and level of environmental pollution in the country. To address this problem the Congress in 2005 passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 aimed at addressing growing environmental challenges in the country and providing tax incentives to boost energy production in the country (Ries et al., 2009).
The US Constitution fully supports environmental and energy conservation through the passing of important motions such as the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This particular bill was implemented to combat the growing energy problems in the United States (the United States & Nazzaro, 2009). According to this law, it is a universal right of all people living and working in the United States to have a safe and clean environment that can only be achieved through energy conservation to reduce environmental pollution. The right to a clean and safe environment is beyond the control of the government and thus can only be described as an inalienable right.
Every American citizen favors a clean and safe environment, and the passage of the bill stamped the need and desire of the government to ensure all citizens are safe and in a position to contribute to the economic growth of the country. By signing the bill, the president showed his commitment to the well being of the Americans despite the fact that cost of the bill is estimated to be $ 15 billion. However, the bill is for the greater good of the country (Ries et al., 2009)
The government has the duty and responsibility of creating policies that help to conserve and maintain a clean environment by designing and implementing laws that protect the lives and well being of Americans such as the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Ries, C., Jenkins, J., Wise, O., Rand Environment, Energy, & And Economic Development (Program). (2009). Improving the energy performance of buildings: Learning from the European Union and Australia. Santa Monica, CA: RAND.
United States, & Nazzaro, R. M. (2009). Energy Policy Act of 2005: Greater clarity needed to address concerns with categorical exclusions for oil and gas development under Section 390 of the Act : report to congressional requesters. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office.