The environment of which one may consider as nature, their surroundings, or habitat, is critical to maintain in order for its components and future generations to meet their needs. In many cases, the environment can be argued as a scientific object as it is oftentimes observed based on the principles of the natural sciences. Therefore, the environment has scientific implications that affects its’ components, which further validates that it is a scientific object. The Great Lakes is an exquisite body of water located in the upper midwest of the United States. It is the home of many wildlife and important to nearby communities. In 1953, two exposed oil pipelines, “Line 5”, owned by Canadian company Enbridge, Inc., was installed at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac. The biodiversity existent in the Great Lakes and its’ nearby communities are at great risk due to constant oil spills.
The Great Lakes, as an environment for many, is a scientific object as it is observed based on scientific principles, especially by those who are advocating against the pipelines. The simple scientific notion that oil and water does not mix urges activism which indicates that there is an ethical framework. The scientific empirical evidence that oil spills are dangerous and a threat to …show more content…
According to Lisa Sideris, “scientific reality gives us clear guidance on moral issues”. Thus, if knowledge is unified, it is significantly easier to achieve progress and move closer to sustainability. In contrary, science may also not be an effective narrative in regards to this issue because there is a belief that the “efficacy of scientific progress actually decreases environmentally friendly behavior” (Sideres). Therefore, if many believe in the power of science, the population might solely depend on nature, through science, to solve itself, thus, neglecting activism and
Wilder’s essay introduces every possible issue that can arise from Keystone XL pipeline, but my focus is towards climate change. She argues that the construction and refining the dirty oil will increases climates change effect. Why should Americans shoot an arrow that will be a harm to them? We risk reaching higher atmospheric temperature, serious droughts, and floods due to the changing climate. That is not the only way climate change will affect communities, but it will also have an impact on oil spills near communities.
Canadian company TransCanada hopes to build Keystone XL a pipeline that carries Canadian tar sand oil from Canadian border to the Golf Coast. According to Derber “the pipeline extracts some of the dirtiest oil on the planet, a process that sends many polluting chemicals into the ground waters and releases methane, the most potent greenhouse gas, into the air, creating one of the greatest climate threat” (p. 115). A leak from a pipeline carrying the tar sand oil could cause environmental damage and pollute our drinking water and agricultural irrigation. The builders of the Keystone XL Pipeline are wilders. According to Derber, “environmental wilding in the natural environment, such as reckless polluting that causes global warming” (p. 11).
For centuries the United States has been a beacon of hope for environmentalism, and it is imperative for our country that we preserve this identity. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or ANWR is in the secluded northeastern corner of Alaska and could contain large reserves of oil in the Prudhoe Bay region. The question of whether or not to drill for oil has been a controversial topic in American politics for decades, though the evidence will show that drilling for oil is a mistake for this country. This is because it will devastate and destroy the fragile environment. Additionally, drilling in Prudhoe Bay will not solve our oil problems.
Everyone has at least seen or heard of an argument or dispute involving the environment. Whether it was from your teacher, the news or something on the internet that you glanced at then moved on to watch more cat videos, you still noticed it. In today’s time, these feuds are highly controversial. One of the more recent conflicts is the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline is essentially the fourth step of the Keystone Pipeline System.
The water emergency that is at present holding inhabitants of Flint, Michigan is a standout amongst the most lamentable difficulties of late circumstances. It is all the more disastrous for being completely preventable. The hot-off-the-squeeze narrative Here's to Flint investigates the occasions which prompt this calamity, and offers a pressing and animating picture of common nationals who are intrepid in facing power. It started as a cost-cutting measure sanctioned by the city's crisis administration office.
It’s important for the United States to produce and export oil because if we don’t, the Middle East and Russia will capitalize on the product and they will become stronger and richer countries. One of the ways that the United States can be an economically strong country is to reopen the Keystone pipeline and also allow states to have the power to generate their own oil. The opposition believes that pipelines have posed a huge risk to wildlife and the surrounding environment. The Key Stone pipeline has too many hurdles to go through; therefore, wildlife activists are against this project.
One of the most controversial projects for the United States to decide on was whether or not to build the Keystone pipeline. This topic forces the government to decide if economic development is worth the cost of endangering the environment. Though this pipeline will allow the United States to rely less on foreign oil, the pipeline’s lasting effects prove to be a factor that cannot be easily overlooked. The Keystone pipeline should not be built because it endangers the environment and has the ability to create catastrophic damages through pollution and habitat desecration. Pollution is a major factor that has to be considered when referring to the Keystone pipeline.
Gasland Summary The documentary Gasland, structured in the form of a travelogue, is written, directed and narrated by John Fox. Fox travels through various parts of the United States in search of instances where water, and waterways, are polluted by “produced water” (industrial term for waste water) of hydraulic fracturing. He had heard of various instances of water contamination and other hazards caused by fracking. He wanted to investigate the likelihood of him facing the same circumstances, because his land was on a proposed fracking site.
It is estimated to cost over 3.7 billion (Yan). And the project is already 60 percent complete (Energy Transfer Partners). A pipeline that is said to create 8,000 to 12,000 construction jobs and spawn the birth of safe oil transportation (Yan). As for you and me gas prices will drop significantly and we will witness an economical boom. Why end construction on The Dakota Access Pipeline now?
Thesis Statement and Introduction: In this paper, I will argue that the Dakota pipeline should remain untouched because of the detrimental effects it could have on the citizens in each state, especially within indigenous tribes. The Dakota Pipeline is a 1,172 mile-long underground oil pipeline residing in the United States. It runs in the Bakken shale oil fields in northwest North Dakota and stretches through South Dakota and Iowa to the oil tank farm near Illinois. Together, along with the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline from Patoka to Nederland, Texas, it forms the Bakken system.
Even after all of these years, the different practices Native Americans do have benefited the land around them. However, with the completion of construction of the rest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, toxic spills have, and could possibly cause future soil contamination. This history is the kind of history that brings Americans, and America itself, to the most recent and most talked about dilemma: environmental decay. These toxic problems do not only effect Native Americans, but all Americans, yet there is not a constant high of disapproval within our
Groundwater contamination has been documented at 13 of North Carolina’s coal-fired power plants (“Energy-Related”). Even after wildlife advocates exposed the damage to aquatic habitats from the Dan River ash spill, Duke Energy and politicians only contemplated the state of human life rather than biological life. Although no human deaths resulted from the Dan River spill, increased
Another issue among the Keystone pipeline is the health and safety issues that it provides through its existence. Thoreau mentions in his essay that, “If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man,” (Thoreau, 956) which alludes to the fact that humans will die if they live with harmful effects over the years. The activists of the pipeline have mentioned multiple times to the government that the water supply will be contaminated. This is shown when an article writes, “The proposed pipeline route passes through the Ogallala Aquifer... A spill in this important body of water would contaminate drinking water and lead to serious health concerns and complications,” (All Risk, No Reward) which explains why so many activists are protesting this build.
Therefore, I will examine the consequences of the oil spill and the reactions of the parties involved, such as BP, the government, the states involved, the fisheries and tourism industry and other parties affected by the oil spill. These consequences include environmental damage, litigation, cleaning costs and stricter
The degradation of the environment in the Niger Delta, is a direct result of oil companies that have failed to take social responsibility into consideration in their various operations. The numerous environmental consequences of oil exploration have become huge obstacles that face development in the Niger Delta. One of these obstacles are oil spills, which mainly occur