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Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues, Thirteenth Edition, is a debate-style reader designed to introduce students to controversies in environmental policy and science. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading environmentalists, scientists, and policy makers, reflect opposing positions and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework.
Table of Contents
|Correlation Guide||p. xv|
|Environmental Philosophy||p. 1|
|Is the Precautionary Principle a Sound Approach to Risk Analysis?||p. 2|
|Yes: Nancy Myers, from "The Rise of the Precautionary Principle: A Social Movement Gathers Strength," Multinational Monitor (September 2004)||p. 4|
|No: Bernard D. Goldstein, from "The Precautionary Principle: Is It a Threat to Toxicological Science?" International Journal of Toxicology (January/February 2006)||p. 13|
|Is Sustainable Development Compatible with Human Welfare?||p. 22|
|Yes: Jeremy Rifkin, from "The European Dream: Building Sustainable Development in a Globally Connected World," E Magazine (March/April 2005)||p. 24|
|No: Ronald Bailey, from "Wilting Greens," Reason (December 2002)||p. 32|
|Should a Price Be Put on the Goods and Services Provided by the World's Ecosystems?||p. 37|
|Yes: John E. Losey and Mace Vaughan, from "The Economic Value of Ecological Services Provided by Insects," BioScience (April 2006)||p. 39|
|No: Marino Gatto and Giulio A. De Leo, from "Pricing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: The Never-Ending Story," BioScience (April 2000)||p. 51|
|Principles Versus Politics||p. 63|
|Should the Endangered Species Act Be Strengthened?||p. 64|
|Yes: John Kostyack, from "Testimony before the Oversight Hearing on the Endangered Species Act," U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (May 19, 2005)||p. 66|
|No: Monita Fontaine, from "Testimony before the Oversight Hearing on the Endangered Species Act," U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (May 19, 2005)||p. 74|
|Should the EPA Be Doing More to Fight Environmental Injustice?||p. 81|
|Yes: Robert D. Bullard, from "Environmental Justice Programs," Statement before the Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (July 25, 2007)||p. 83|
|No: Granta Y. Nakayama, from "Environmental Justice Programs," Statement before the Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (July 25, 2007)||p. 89|
|Can Pollution Rights Trading Effectively Control Environmental Problems?||p. 96|
|Yes: James Allen and Anthony White, from "Carbon Trading," Electric Perspectives (September/October 2005)||p. 98|
|No: Brian Tokar, from "Trading Away the Earth: Pollution Credits and the Perils of 'Free Market Environmentalism,'" Dollars & Sense (March/April 1996)||p. 106|
|Energy Issues||p. 117|
|Should the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Be Opened to Oil Drilling?||p. 118|
|Yes: Dwight R. Lee, from "To Drill or Not to Drill," The Independent Review (Fall 2001)||p. 120|
|No: Jeff Bingaman, et al., from Senate Energy Committee (October 24, 2005)||p. 129|
|Is Global Warming Skepticism Just Smoke and Mirrors?||p. 136|
|Yes: Seth Schulman et al., from "Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air: How ExxonMobil Uses Big Tobacco's Tactics to Manufacture Uncertainty on Climate Science," Union of Concerned Scientists (January 2007)||p. 138|
|No: Ivan Osorio, Iain Murray, and Myron Ebell, from "Liberal 'Scientists' Lead Jihad against Global-Warming Skeptics," Human Events (May 8, 2007)||p. 156|
|Is Wind Power Green?||p. 166|
|Yes: Charles Komanoff, from "Whither Wind?" Orion (September/October 2006)||p. 168|
|No: Jon Boone, from "The Wayward Wind?," speech given in the township of Perry, near Silver Lake, Wyoming County, New York (June 19, 2006)||p. 177|
|Should Cars Be More Efficient?||p. 190|
|Yes: David Friedman, from "CAFE Standards," Testimony before Committee on Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation (March 6, 2007)||p. 192|
|No: Charli E. Coon, from "Why the Government's CAFE Standards for Fuel Efficiency Should Be Repealed, Not Increased," The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder (July 11, 2001)||p. 200|
|Do Biofuels Enhance Energy Security?||p. 205|
|Yes: Bob Dinneen, from "Testimony before Committee on Senate Energy and Natural Resources" (April 12, 2007)||p. 207|
|No: Mark Anslow, from "Biofuels-Facts and Fiction," The Ecologist (March 2007)||p. 213|
|Is It Time to Revive Nuclear Power?||p. 220|
|Yes: Michael J. Wallace, from "Testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, Hearing on the Department of Energy's Nuclear Power 2010 Program" (April 26, 2005)||p. 222|
|No: Karen Charman, from "Brave Nuclear World, Part II" World Watch (July/August 2006)||p. 229|
|Food and Population||p. 243|
|Do Falling Birthrates Pose a Threat to Human Welfare?||p. 244|
|Yes: Michael Meyer, from "Birth Dearth," Newsweek (September 27, 2004)||p. 246|
|No: David Nicholson-Lord, from "The Fewer the Better," New Statesman (November 8, 2004)||p. 252|
|Is Genetic Engineering the Answer to Hunger?||p. 258|
|Yes: Gerald D. Coleman, from "Is Genetic Engineering the Answer to Hunger?" America (February 21, 2005)||p. 260|
|No: Sean McDonagh, from "Genetic Engineering Is Not the Answer," America (May 2, 2005)||p. 264|
|Is a Large-Scale Shift to Organic Farming the Best Way to Increase World Food Supply?||p. 270|
|Yes: Brian Halweil, from "Can Organic Farming Feed Us All?" World Watch (May/June 2006)||p. 272|
|No: John J. Miller, from "The Organic Myth: A Food Movement Makes a Pest of Itself," National Review (February 9, 2004)||p. 281|
|Toxic Chemicals||p. 289|
|Should DDT Be Banned Worldwide?||p. 290|
|Yes: Anne Platt McGinn, from "Malaria, Mosquitoes, and DDT," World Watch (May/June 2002)||p. 292|
|No: Donald R. Roberts, from "Statement before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, Hearing on the Role of Science in Environmental Policy-Making" (September 28, 2005)||p. 300|
|Do Environmental Hormone Mimics Pose a Potentially Serious Health Threat?||p. 311|
|Yes: Michele L. Trankina, from "The Hazards of Environmental Estrogens," The World & I (October 2001)||p. 313|
|No: Michael Gough, from "Endocrine Disrupters, Politics, Pesticides, the Cost of Food and Health," Daily Commentary (December 15, 1997)||p. 319|
|Is the Superfund Program Successfully Protecting Human Health from Hazardous Materials?||p. 328|
|Yes: Robert H. Harris, Jay Vandeven, and Mike Tilchin, from "Superfund Matures Gracefully," Issues in Science & Technology (Summer 2003)||p. 330|
|No: Randall Patterson, from "Not in Their Backyard," Mother Jones (May/June 2007)||p. 334|
|Should the United States Reprocess Spent Nuclear Fuel?||p. 343|
|Yes: Phillip J. Finck, from "Statement before the House Committee on Science, Energy Subcommittee, Hearing on Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing," United States Senate (June 16, 2005)||p. 345|
|No: Matthew Bunn, from "The Case against a Near-Term Decision to Reprocess Spent Nuclear Fuel in the United States," United States Senate (June 16, 2005)||p. 352|
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