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Environment vs Economy

Should environmental groups play a role in preserving those regions threatened by human encroachment, even if it is jeopardizing interests of the economic growth? How should the interests of competing groups be balanced?

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The ecological importance, as well as the preservation of natural land has become a topic of a great debate in the last decade. While many argue that nature needs to be protected, others look at it as a purely renewable resource that needs to be exploited for the economic purpose.

Drilling in the Arctic is opposed by many environmental groups who argue that the destruction to the habitat is not acceptable for many reasons; disturbing natural landscape, destruction of natural habitat for many animals as well as the destruction of the glaciers that play a major role in climate control. However, those in favor argue that tapping into the oil there would be good for the economy and decrease reliance on foreign oil. Another example of the conflicting interests of the economy and ecology are the rainforests outside of U.S. borders. Many international conservation groups are working to save the rainforest, as they also provide habitat for many animals and birds, and play an integral role in the climate control. ...

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The purpose of this response is to analyze if people should play a role in preserving those regions threatened by human encroachment. The objective of this response is to demonstrate how the interests of competing groups should be balanced.