Environmental policy and air pollution in Texas
Topic: My research plan will concentrate on environmental policy and air pollution in Texas, specifically the effects of health-related side effects, emissions, and preventions made by the state and the federal government under the Clean Air Act.
Instructions: Detailed instructions attached in the file. Your task will be to prepare a formal research paper regarding the selected policy. The assignment is to be 5 pages with in-text citations for your research (the cover page and reference page does not count towards the five pages). This term paper is an opportunity for you to closely examine a contemporary policy issue between the state of Texas and the United States federal government. Over its history, the Texas government has had many conflicts with the national government as part of the dynamics under a federal system of governance (federalism). Carefully choose those sources that provide a variety of perspectives on your selected topic:
In addition to the minimum research requirements, you should offer “supplemental sources” for essential current events information relevant to your topic. These may include academic sources that are not peer-reviewed (position papers), newspaper articles, magazine articles, and other quality or reputable sources.
Provide the formal MLA citation for each source, both in the essay and on the works cited page.
The essay is to discuss each of the following prompts:
An introduction and a brief overview of the policy relationship.
What are the major issues facing each level of government?
What are the reasons for initiating changes to the policy?
What are the options to be considered (discuss several)?
What are the pros and cons of each potential reform (e.g. costs v. benefits)?
Which is the best option moving forward (pick one)?
A summary and conclusion