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The problem with agencies in creating environmental laws


Agencies have been hailed as the common ground between courts and legislature. However, their role in creating environmental law is far from perfect. Inefficiencies and political influences plague the systems of agencies, using the EPA as an example. As the largest environmental advocacy agency in the US, it has extensive control over almost all aspects of anthropogenic pollution – a tall task in the face of climate change and environmental destruction in the 21st century. Although it has made a lot of advances in limiting pollution, many loopholes still remain, not to mention that air and water pollution in the LA area continues to worsen despite current regulations. The bottom line is that even though agencies are able to make significant advances in environmental law, it is not enough and there are too many external influences (large corporations, money, political leanings) that prevent the agencies from making unbiased decisions in the best interest of the public. The best interest of the public is to increase the standard of living, which would entail stricter environmental regulations. These kinds of laws are not going to be passed in the executive branch and it will take far too long in the judiciary branch, so agencies have the responsibility to look out for the public good.


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