How the U.S. Government Protects the Environment


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Jack is an environmental activist. One of his closing lines at a rally was, 'Both the president and Congress should strive to do more for the environment. They should stay clear of interest groups that are preventing progress and actively funding the re-election of any legislator who will say that global warming is a myth.' Why was it correct for Jack to mention these people and institutions?

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1. Tom receives a tax credit for installing solar panels on his home. This is an example of _____ regulation.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the U.S. government's environmental policy. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the groups involved in the development of environmental policy in the U.S., as well as knowing approaches used by the U.S. government when designing environmental policy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Groups involved in environmental policy development
  • Types of regulation utilized by the U.S. government
  • First modern federal environmental law
  • Characteristics of the U.S. environmental policy

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the U.S. environmental policy
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify types of regulations by their examples
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the government's environmental policy and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the government's approach to the environment, review the corresponding lesson titled How the U.S. Government Protects the Environment. This lesson will help you:

  • Define 'environmental policies'
  • Know the important players in the government's environmental policy formation and their roles
  • Understand the two types of approaches to the policy and their differences
  • Appreciate the fragmented nature of the U.S. environmental policy
  • Describe the important laws and regulations concerning the U.S. government's policy