Command And Control Regulations Vs. Incentive-Based Regulations

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Climate Paper For SCI/362 February , 2013 * If left unmonitored, human influences on the climate system can cause negative effects on the Earth, including posing health-related issues for the human population and the endangerment of animal and plant species. The implications of scientific claims regarding climate change and the extent of damage occurring along with how this damage and potential further destruction is received will affect whether or not effective climate policies are implemented. In this paper, I will examine the various viewpoints on climate change, including my own individual perspective, describe command and control regulations versus incentive-based regulations as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each, and discuss the specific regulations I would advocate if I were associated with the Federal Congress/Administration. Today, the human population totals more than seven billion. As the human population continues to grow, the consumption of natural resources along with the damage to the environment and ozone because of pollution caused by industrial…show more content…
The command and control approach typically relies on detailed regulations followed by an ongoing audit and inspection program. Command and control regulations have some benefits. One example is in a situation in which the pollutant is highly toxic, yet the public concern would outweigh any economic efficiency concerns. Another example occurs when the reduction in the amount of pollutant benefits a society. An example of a disadvantage includes attempting to keep technology current with the most effective methods. Another example is in not knowing what the cost structures are of the particular polluting firm. This information is necessary to ensure the regulation is effective (EconPort,
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