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Determine the ethical implications of businesses polluting in a third world and reasons a business may conduct operations in a third world country. Disregard any standards of pollution control. It has been said that pollution is the price of progress, assess the connections between economic progress and development on the one hand and pollution controls and environmental protection on the other.

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When speaking of ethics, there are a few different ones to consider. Certainly there are the ethics surrounding damaging the earth, but there are also the ethics of progress and business, as well as the socioeconomic ethics of the needs of the society.

Third world countries should be allowed to develop to become more prosperous, however, they will be doing so in a time where increased knowledge of the developed world will attempt to possibly hinder progress based on new rules. Does India not have the right to use nuclear power, or coal power to increase its ...

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As a group, use the Small Group Discussion Board to recreate the arguments for and against the three assertions noted above (six arguments total). You and your group mates should each choose one of the six arguments and present the argument to the group. (If there are not exactly six members in your group, divide the work as equitably as possible.) Approach this assignment as an exercise in critical thinking; your goal is to represent a party's argument as accurately and as thoroughly as possible. For each argument and counter-argument, present the following information:

1.The party you represent
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Part 2: Summarize and evaluate the arguments/counter-arguments

1.Summarize each argument and counter-argument. Be sure to note the relevant parties in the debate and their interests/objectives.
2.Evaluate the arguments and counter-arguments. Be sure to address the following questions:
Can the conflicting positions in these debates be resolved? If yes, how? If not, why not? Your answer should be well-reasoned and supported with examples.

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