Nt1330 Unit 1 Assignment

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Question 1 The environmental movement has come a long way since it started in to take off in the 1960s. Environmental inequities still persist throughout the United States though. These inequities violate the procedural, geographic, and social rights. Procedural equity is determined by the fairness of the rules, enforcement, and regulations of environmental laws, pollution control, and enforcement. Bullard presents evidence that white communities see better environmental protection than those of minorities. When it comes to penalties for violations of environmental regulations, those in white communities are 500%. Noncompliance penalties are 46% in white communities than those in minority communities. White communities get preferred treatment 20% of the time compared to 7% of the time for minority communities. (Bullard, 2012) Geographic equity is determined by the location of communities and its proximity to an …show more content…
He shares the example of the use of DDT and the effect it has on penguins. Stopping the use of DDT in agriculture is not because of the ill effects it was having penguins, but because of the enjoyment that people got from seeing the penguins. By continuing the use of DDT people would not be able to see the penguins once they became extinct resulting in less satisfaction throughout life.( Baxter, 1974) Another example that Baxter gives is that of the use of washing machines and hospitals. Humans get much satisfaction with the ability to just throw clothes into a washing machine than washing them by hand, but washing machines create pollution. In order to reach zero pollution one would have to give up the use of a washing machine, which would lower the overall satisfaction of life. This is because of the pollution created by the washing machine (the cost) does not out weight the human satisfaction of using the washing machine (the benefit). (Baxter,