Chapter 17 Study Questions

  1. The U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) is being challenged by opponents who believe that the ESA excessively promotes federal authority over states rights. What arguments can you think of that supports a strong federal role? How can support of the ESA by states be improved?
  2. Science cannot form policy but science must inform policy. What do you think this statement means? Does this weaken the role of science in policy development or simply define the role of science in policy debates?
  3. Search the local newspaper for recent articles concerning a conservation policy issue. What are the issues at hand? How are scientists involved in the decision-making? How can the public become involved, and how might you become involved with this issue?