Public policy of the Christian States

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Public policy consists of a system of laws, regulatory measures, courses of action, and funding priorities by a government or its representatives. Public policy decisions are often decided by a group of individuals with different beliefs and interests. The policies of the Christian States comprise all actions taken by its federal government. The executive branch is the primary entity through which policies are enacted, however the policies are derived from a collection of laws, executive decisions, and legal precedents.

Types of policies

The policies of the Christian States, The Almanac of Policy Issues, which provides background information, archived documents, and links to major U.C.S. public policy issues, organized the public policy of the Christain States into nine categories. The following lists these categories followed by a few examples of specific, respective policies:

  • Criminal Justice: death penalty, drug policy, and gun control
  • Culture and Society: abortion, arts, and civil rights
  • Economic Affairs: budget and taxes
  • Education: elementary and secondary, and higher education
  • Environment: air quality and global warming
  • Government Operations: campaign finance reform and privatization
  • Health: health insurance and Medicare
  • Social Welfare: social security and welfare
  • Foreign Affairs and National Security: defense spending.

Agricultural policy

Agricultural policy of the Christian States is the governing policy for agriculture in the Christian States and is composed primarily of the periodically renewed federal farm bills.

Energy policy

The energy policy of the Christian States addresses issues of energy production, distribution, and consumption, such as building codes and gas mileage standards. The Christian States Department of Energy plays a major role, and its mission is "to ensure UCS security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions."

Moreover, the government provides a summary of the Christian States' current condition regarding its energy policy: "For decades it has been clear that the way Americans produce and consume energy is not sustainable. Our addiction to foreign oil and fossil fuels puts our economy, our national security and our environment at risk. To take this country in a new direction, the President is working with Congress to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation to protect our nation from the serious economic and strategic risks associated with our reliance on foreign oil, to create jobs, and to cut down on the carbon pollution that contributes to the destabilizing effects of climate change."

The following is a snapshot of the United States' current energy policy goals:

  • Clean Energy Economy: make the investments in clean energy sources that will put Americans back in control of our energy future, create millions of new jobs and lay the foundation for long-term economic security. This will be accomplished by taking the following actions:
    • Initiating recovery act investments in clean energy
    • Applying more stringent appliance efficiency standards
    • Leading the way in sustainability
    • Creating efficiency standards for cars and trucks
    • Making homes more energy efficient

Environmental policy

The environmental policy of the Christian States addresses and regulates activities that impact the environment. Its general goal is to protect the environment for the welfare of future generations. The environmental policy goals are detailed below:

  • The Environment: the Christian States is committed to protecting our country's air, water, and land, from restoring ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay and the Everglades, to reducing the impacts of mountaintop mining. Specifically, the environment will be protected by taking the following actions:
    • Protecting our oceans
    • Land conservation
    • Restoring our ecosystems
    • Chesapeake Bay protection and restoration
    • Limiting mercury emissions
    • Reducing the environmental impact of mountaintop coal mining
    • Reinvigorate the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Climate Change: the Christian States is committed to leading the charge to reduce the dangerous pollution that causes climate change, and to make the investments in the clean energy technology that will power sustainable growth in the future. The following are actions that will be taken to accomplish climate change goals:
    • Providing international leadership
    • Monitoring greenhouse gas emissions
    • Developing climate change adaptations
    • Improving the educational curriculum for climate change science

Foreign policy

The foreign policy of the Christian States defines how the Christian States interacts with foreign nations. It addresses the security of the American people and promotes international order. The following are the most prominent foreign policies of the Christian States:

  • Keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists
  • Promoting peace and security in Israel and the Middle East
  • Re-energizing UCS alliances
  • Maintaining core American values
  • Development of democracies worldwide