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-Why is it important for the U.S. to consider "green" energy sources?

-Define the term "cap and trade". What is the system designed to accomplish?

-The recent earthquake in Japan has changed the perception of nuclear power use. Identify the pros and cons of nuclear power use.

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- Why is it important for the U.S. to consider "green" energy sources?

I am sure that there are many, many ways to approach this question. Since you classified this under political science/public administration, I will consider it from that viewpoint first, and then I can add some economic arguments.

1. Dependence on foreign sources of energy: The US, despite being one of the world's largest producers of oil and gas, is still reliant on other countries to make up the shortfall between supply and demand. In arguing that green energy sources can be cultivated, there is often an implicit assumption that these sources will be produced domestically, thus obviating the need for foreign sources.

2. Environmental friendliness: while this is debatable, an argument can be made that current energy sources are less clean than the ...

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The solution looks at the linkages between the environment and trade, as well as going into detail on cap and trade.

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Does free trade harm the environment?

Environmentalists argue that trade liberalization harms the environment. The decisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in particular have been the subject of much criticism. Carbaugh1 has described environmentalists' three primary assertions:

Trade liberalization leads to a "race to the bottom" in environmental standards, You already did this one.
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Trade liberalization encourages trade in products that create global pollution ("pollution havens").
In this project, you will recreate and evaluate the arguments and counter-arguments for all three of the environmentalists' assertions described above.

For each argument and counter-argument, present the following information:

The party you represent
Your party's interests or objectives
Your party's assertion
A summary of the available evidence that supports your party's assertion and/or examples that illustrate the assertion.
Feel free to use the Cybrary or other Web resources to help recreate the arguments.
Please cite any information for future references.

Be sure to note the relevant parties in the debate and their interests/objectives

THEN collaborate to write a 4-5 page document in which you

Summarize each argument and counter-argument. Be sure to note the relevant parties in the debate and their interests/objectives.

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.
Feel free to use the Cybrary or other Web resources to help recreate the arguments.

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