Is democracy generally better for the environment than other forms of government?



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    Democratically governed countries are generally more adept at responding to environmental problems, because in these countries the people most affected by an environmental issue are able to speak up and do something about it.  Democratic policies like right-to-know laws, which give citizens access to information that may be essential in fighting an environmental problem, have been shown to be important to a healthy environment.  It should be kept in mind that even in long-established democracies like the United States, the decline in health of some aspects of our democracy is a threat to our ability to respond to environmental problems.  Al Gore, an important advocate of solutions to global warming, has also argued that we will not be able to address global warming adequately until democracy in the US is re-vitalized and threats to the democratic functioning of our society are repaired.

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