Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Energy and Society

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TAKING SIDES: CLASHING VIEWS IN ENERGY AND SOCIETY presents current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript. An instructor�s manual with testing material is available online for each volume. USING TAKING SIDES IN THE CLASSROOM is also an excellent instructor resource with practical suggestions on incorporating this effective approach in the classroom. Each TAKING SIDES reader features an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites and is supported by our student website, www.mhcls.com/online..

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Introductionp. xv
Unit 1p. 1
Can the United States Continue to Rely on Oil as a Major Source of Energy?p. 2
Yes: from "U.S. Oil Supplies Are Not at Risk," USA Today Magazine (November 2007)p. 4
No: from "The Gospel According to Matthew," Texas Monthly (February 2008)p. 13
Is It Realistic for the united States to Move Toward Greater Energy Independence?p. 23
Yes: from Testimony on "The Geopolitical Implications of Rising Oil Dependence and Global Warming" before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming (April 18, 2007)p. 25
No: from "The Seven Myths of Energy Independence," Mother Jones (May/June 2008)p. 31
Should Cars Be More Efficient.p. 43
Yes: from "CAFE Standards," Testimony before Committee on Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation (March 6, 2007)p. 45
No: from "Why the Government's CAFE Standards for Fuel Efficiency Should be Repealed, Not Increased," Heritage Foundation Backgrounder #1458 (July 11, 2001)p. 53
Should the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Be Opened to Oil Drilling?p. 58
Yes: from "To Drill or Not to Drill?" Independent Review (Fall 2001)p. 60
No: from ANWR Minority Views from Senate Energy Committee (October 24th, 2005)p. 69
Should Utilities Burn More Coal?p. 77
Yes: from "Clean Coal," Testimony before the Senate Finance Committee (April 26, 2007)p. 79
No: from "Coal Rush!" World Watch (January/February 2007)p. 87
Global Warmingp. 97
Are Global Warming Facts Too Uncertain to Guide Government Policy?p. 98
Yes: from "How Serious Is the Global Warming Threat?" Society (September 2007)p. 100
No: from Testimony on "Questions Surrounding the æHockey Stick' Temperature Studies: Implications for Climate Change Assessments," before the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, U.S. House of Representatives (July 27, 2006)p. 109
Is Global Warming Skepticism Just Smoke and Mirrors?p. 114
Yes: Union of Concerned Scientists, from "Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air: How ExxonMobil Uses Big Tobacco's Tactics to Manufacture Uncertainty on Climate Science," http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science/exxonmobil-smoke-mirrors-hot.html (January 2007)p. 116
No: from "Liberal æScientists' Lead Jihad Against Global-Warming Skeptics," Human Events, http://www.cei.org/gencon/019,05908.cfm or http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=20573 (may 8, 2007)p. 135
Are the Potential Costs of Global Warming Too High to Ignore?p. 144
Yes: from "Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change, Executive Summary," http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/independent_reviews/stern_review_economics_climate_change/sternreview_index.cfm (october 30, 2006)p. 146
No: from "'Global Warming' Scare-Mongering Revisited," National Observer (Autumn 2007)p. 160
Can Carbon Trading Help Control Carbon Emissions?p. 172
Yes: from "Carbon Trading," Electric Perspectives (September/October 2005)p. 174
No: from "Trading Away the Earth: Pollution Credits and the Perils of æFree Market Environmentalism,'" Dollars & Sense (March/April 1996)p. 182
Is Carbon Capture Technology Ready to Limit Carbon Emissions?p. 192
Yes: from "Carbon Capture and Sequestration," Testimony before the Committee on House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality (March 6, 2007)p. 194
No: from "Carbon Capture & Storage: Blue-Sky Technology or Just Blowing Smoke?" Environmental Health Perspectives (November 2007)p. 205
Is Geoemgineering" a Possible Answer to Global Warming?p. 215
Yes: from "Feasibility of Cooling the Earth with a Cloud of Small Spacecraft near the Inner Lagrange Point (L1)," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (November 14, 2006)p. 217
No: from "The Climate Engineers," Wilson Quarterly (Spring 2007)p. 226
Unit 3p. 239
Does Nuclear Power Need GovernmentHelp?p. 240
Yes: from "Nuclear Power," Testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology Hearing on Opportunities and Challenges for Nuclear Power (April 23, 2008)p. 242
No: from Testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology Hearing on Opportunities and Challenges for Nuclear Power (April 23, 2008)p. 249
Should the United States Continue to Focus Plans for Permanent Nuclear Waste Disposal Exclusively at Yucca Mountain?p. 258
Yes: from Recommendation by the Secretary of Energy Regarding the Suitability of the Yucca Mountain Site (February 2002)p. 260
No: from "A Gift to Terrorists?" Earth Island Journal (Winter 2002-2003)p. 271
Should the United States Reprocess Spent Nuclear Fuel?p. 277
Yes: from Statement before the House Committee on Science, energy Subcommittee, Hearing on Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing (June 16, 2005)p. 279
No: from "Rethinking Nuclear Fuel Recyclink," Scientific American (May 2008)p. 286
Alternative Energy Sourcesp. 297
Is Wind Power Green?p. 298
Yes: from "Whither Wind?" Orion (September-October 2006)p. 300
No: from "Wayward Wind," Speech Given in the Township of Perry, near Silver Lake, Wyoming County, New York (June 19, 2006)p. 310
Do Biofuels Enhance Energy Security?p. 322
Yes: from Testimony before Committee on Senate Energy and Natural Resources (April 12, 2007)p. 324
No: from "Ethanol: Train Wreck Ahead," Issues in Science and Technology (Fall 2007)p. 330
Can Hydropower Play a Role in Preventing Climate Change?p. 340
Yes: from "The Issue of Greenhouse Gases from Hydroelectric Reservoirs: From Boreal to Tropical Regions," United Nations Symposium on Hydropower and Sustainable Development, Beijing, china (October 27-29, 2004)p. 342
No: from "Hydropower: Not the Answer to Preventing Climate Change," (http://www.americanrivers.org) (2007)p. 347
Will Hydrogen Replace Fossil Fuels for Cars?p. 355
Yes: from "Fueling the Future: The Road to the Hydrogen Economy," Statement Presented to the Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Research and Subcommittee on Energy, U.S. House of Representatives (July 20, 2005)p. 357
No: from "Warning: The Hydrogen Economy May be More Distant Than It Appears," Popular Science (January 2005)p. 367
Is There Any Such Thing as "Free Energy"?p. 376
Yes: from "Introduction to Zero Point Energy," Infinite Energy, http://www.integrityresearchinstitute.org/ (July/August 2007)p. 378
No: from Voodoo Science (Oxford University Press, 2000)p. 384
Contributorsp. 391
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