Although the environmental movement has achieved many successes, the public still bears most of the cost of environmental degradation. Measures such as the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, have been effective to a point, yet are not comprehensive enough to deal with the overall threats to the environment and their impact on our health. Often specific corporate and other institutional interests, rather than environmental needs, prevail in environmental policies. Without sufficient countervailing forces, the increase in such influences on decision-makers and public policy can lead to the undermining of the environment. The Environment program's accountability approach will therefore seek to address the root causes of environmental degradation. Funding priority will be given to projects with the potential of having state, multi-state, or national impacts.