assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of this policy. In this discussion, describe the policy’s distributive impact on well-being, service delivery, and access to social services of vulnerable groups, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants/refugees, women, children, elderly, veterans, people with disabilities, , and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) populations.
The History of the Clean Air Act of 1970
Policy-making efforts often depend on multiple factors that emerge and exert an influence on decision-makers and other stakeholders. When individuals recognize a problem in the current order of things, they contribute to solutions. The declining nature of the global climate and local climates motivates governmental bodies, organizations, and regular citizens to raise awareness about the issue, as well as design tangible solutions aimed at the improvement of the situation. The Clean Air Act of 1970 represents one of such measures taken to alleviate the pressure from the environment originating from the human enterprise that became a burden on ecosystems decades ago.
The history of the policy entails the exploration of antecedents that act as factors to influence the policy-making efforts of decision-makers interested in enhancing the national social welfare. At the same time, the knowledge of the legislative history and political processes sheds a light on the complexity of policy development and change from its inception to enactment. The complex and lengthy history of the environmental law in the U.S. created a ground for the Clean Air Act of 1970, while the complexity of political and legislative processes subjected the bill to massive changes by a Senate subcommittee and conference procedures that, nevertheless, strengthened the legislative effort and enabled the president to sign the bill.