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Issue: Ultimate Triumvirate Noldy, Stephanie and Ariana is defending against the suggestion of reducing the regulatory power of the EPA. by Mind Map: Issue: Ultimate Triumvirate Noldy, Stephanie and Ariana is defending against the suggestion of reducing the regulatory power of the EPA.

1. "Supreme Court to Consider EPA's Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases." Washington Post. The Washington Post. Web. 9 Dec. 2014. "The Environment Since 1970." <i>U.S. Global Change Research Information Office</i>. Web. 12 Dec. 2014. <http://www.gcrio.org/CONSEQUENCES/fall95/envir.html>. "Supreme Court to Consider EPA's Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases." <i>Washington Post</i>. The Washington Post. Web. 12 Dec. 2014. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-to-consider-epas-authority-to-regulate-greenhouse-gases/2014/02/23/ec5d4f88-9af4-11e3-ad71-e03637a299c0_story.html>. "Water and Air Pollution." <i>History.com</i>. A&E Television Networks. Web. 12 Dec. 2014. <http://www.history.com/topics/water-and-air-pollution>. http://www2.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulations "EPA." Regulations. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <http://www2.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulations>. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Environmental+Protection+Agency Web. 10 Dec. 2014. <http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Environmental Protection Agency>. http://www.epa.gov/espp/ EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <http://www.epa.gov/espp/>. https://cendax.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/republicans-forget-history-again-why-we-need-the-epa/ "Republicans Forget History Again: Why We Need the EPA." Norbrooks Blog. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <https://cendax.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/republicans-forget-history-again-why-we-need-the-epa/>. http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/health-risks/health-risks-ozone.html "American Lung Association State of the Air 2013 - Ozone Pollution." American Lung Association State of the Air 2013. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/health-risks/health-risks-ozone.html>. http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/aqtrnd95/globwarm.html "Global Warming and Climate Change." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/aqtrnd95/globwarm.html>. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-to-consider-epas-authority-to-regulate-greenhouse-gases/2014/02/23/ec5d4f88-9af4-11e3-ad71-e03637a299c0_story.html "Supreme Court to Consider EPA's Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases." Washington Post. The Washington Post. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-to-consider-epas-authority-to-regulate-greenhouse-gases/2014/02/23/ec5d4f88-9af4-11e3-ad71-e03637a299c0_story.html>. http://www.nmsea.org/Curriculum/Primer/Global_Warming/fossil_fuels_and_global_warming.htm "What Is Global Warming?" What Is Global Warming? Web. 12 Dec. 2014. <http://www.nmsea.org/Curriculum/Primer/Global_Warming/fossil_fuels_and_global_warming.htm>

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3. Coach, Editor, and Director

3.1. Preparation

3.2. Collaboration

3.3. Clarity of Expression

3.4. Timing

3.5. Debate Format

3.6. Etiquette

3.7. All of this was reviewed and practiced by individual team members. We had no one specific person managing it.

4. Opening Statement

4.1. Define the issue

4.2. Why is it important?

4.3. Historical Discussion

4.4. Essential Background Information

5. Arguments

6. Cross Examination

6.1. Predict opposition point

7. Rebuttal

7.1. Opposing Arguments:

7.2. Predict other side's arguments

7.3. The Clean Air Act is said to be one of the most confusing pieces of legislation ever written.

7.4. Benefits of Clean Air Act:

7.5. Under the Clean Air Act, “in 1990 alone, pollution reductions under the Act prevented 205,000 early deaths, 10.4 million lost I.Q. points in children due to lead exposure, and millions of other cases of health effects.”, as shown by studies-peer reviewed, of course- done by the EPA.

7.6. Scientific research has shown that reducing air pollution results in widespread public health benefits. For example, in cities that reduced fine air particle pollution, life expectancy was lengthened. (by over half a year)

7.7. Why it’s confusing:

7.8. It was a necessary piece of legislation, and it was difficult to be extremely concise while writing it because it is difficult to pass an all encompassing law regarding pollution it is so broad and many loopholes in it need to be accounted for. Any loopholes that could be found could quite literally allow for pollution to “leak through”.

7.9. The EPA is becoming overpowered.

7.10. The main Act giving the EPA it’s power would be the widely interpreted Clean Air Act. The reason this act gives the regulatory power it does is because of it’s broadness. However, this junk drawer legislation aids in catching people committing crimes that may not have even been thought of. It is impossible to specifically list and regulate every possible form of pollution out there. The act helps catch as much as possible. This resembles the supreme courts definition of pornography. There is no solid definition, but as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart put it, “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description (that being hard-core pornography), and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But, I know it when I see it.” Meaning, he could not come up with an undisputable legally correct definition, but… “he’d know it when he saw it.” In this same sense, pollution cannot be so solidly defined. In addition, the EPA cannot be said to be overpowered when there are many things we still do which have been proven to be detrimental to the environment. For instance, the emissions from cars are accepted as being harmful to the environment, but we are all still driving cars. The EPA is quite often forced to compromise with businesses, and cannot just sling around laws wildly.

7.11. The EPA is not taking into account how it’s regulations are affecting the job market

7.12. There is a conflict of interests here. The EPA by its very nature serves to protect the common good, no matter the cost. Business owners will naturally seek to do what is best and most profitable for their business, and it is very rare that this is the environmentally friendly option. Even so, there are many businesses that actually rely on the preservation of the environment. For instance, ecotourism businesses. Millions of dollars are made annually by the tourism industry off of places like the grand canyon, yellowstone, and the many other national parks in our country. Other recreational activities such as rafting, camping and fishing-which, without the wilderness protection of the EPA, may not be possible due to pollution or “land development.” There are thousands of jobs created by this side of the tourism industry.. Again, there are many instances where the EPA was forced to compromise with business. For instance, the oil industry. Fracking is acknowledged to be very damaging to the environment, with damage to wilderness habitats and being linked to sinkholes and earthquakes, but it is still practiced because it is the most effective way currently known for extracting oil.

7.13. The public health benefits far outweigh the costs of implementing them, as shown by the examples previously stated of the widespread health improvements.

7.14. Without a healthy environment, we cannot have healthy humans. The environment is the one thing we can guarantee to our children, and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

8. Closing Statement

8.1. Convincing explaination your side is right.

8.2. Summary of debate

9. Roles and Planning

9.1. Read Instruction, Rubrics, and Handouts.

9.2. Create a google drive for the team, and create a mind map to send to Mr. Crissman. http://www.mindmeister.com/355093877/team-and-issue

9.3. Complete Google Survey Debate Team Plan

9.4. Decide on roles and develop a plan for each day until the debate.

10. Instructions, Rubrics, and Handouts

10.1. http://www.mrcrissman.com/unit-four.html

10.2. Debate Handout Form

10.3. Concept Map Directions

10.4. Concept Map Template

11. Research and Citations