Bill McKibben and Derrick Jensen were born in 1960 in the U.S.A., and both have accomplished successful academic backgrounds. McKibben graduated from Harvard University in 1982, and Derrick Jensen graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Mineral engineering in 1983. Both are environmental activists and have written many articles and books. Two of their articles “Waste Not, Want Not” by Bill McKibben and “Forget Shorter Showers” by Jensen are published in the Bedford Reader book (557-567). When we analyze these articles both authors agree on consumers contribution to environmental pollution, but they have different points of views concerning whether individuals or industrialists cause more environmental pollution. Also, they have different suggestions to mitigate environmental pollution. McKibben and Jensen have similar views on their activism: They believe consumers contribute significantly to environmental pollution. For …show more content…
McKibben suggests there is inefficient spending and mechanisms by individual consumers. For example, a lots carbon emissions and sewage caused by individual consumers is the result of their inability to use the latest technology. Also, consumers’ inability to respect the regulations of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act contributes to environmental pollution. He supports this idea by saying “Our wasteful habits wouldn’t matter much if there were just few of us” (559). On the other hand Jensen argues by saying prejudicing powerless individuals instead of those who actually attain influential power in the system of government and policy making is one of the problems to mitigate environmental pollution. He supports his idea by mentioning Kirkpatrick Sale’s quote: “ The whole individualist what –you-can-to-do-save-the-Earth guilt trip is myth. We, as individuals, are not creating the crises, and we can’t solve them”
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These individuals are more than willing to risk oil spills, water pollution, reliance on fossil fuels, and higher unemployment rates. There are several environmental concerns that should be known. “If constructed, the pipeline, known as Keystone XL, will carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels: tar sands oil. ”(1) It has been shown that the tar sand oil from this region of Canada is some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet; the extraction and refining process is just as dirty.
In the following article, the author, George Will, stresses that here in America cutting back on coal will not change the burning of coal around the world such as China, Russia, India, and other countries. For instance, China had signed a 60 billion dollar contract to supply power plants with Australian coal. The Times says that in China, their ships hauled about 690 million tons of thermal coal this year; up from 385 million in 2001 and 150 million tons in 2009. He addresses to counterargument by including a spokesman in the Sierra club who mentions that mining is "everything we 've accomplished, ' ' but environmentalists in America protested that mining shall also export global warming, if continues. Because of China 's enormous coal
Clarifying When reading this quote, I felt as if the author was comparing us to the local people and how we are alike. We only focus on the short term goals such as getting money, yet never think too much about the future. We as a species constantly use up the earth, yet when the earth disappears, we are going to be poverty and there are going to be a lot of shortages around the globe. However, he also gives a positive message when he compares us to the local people. He is saying that the problem we are dealing isn’t impossible to solve, and if we work towards a solution than it is possible to solve this
They put the blame on Americans for over consuming. They both know that our habits are affecting the rest of the world. It was stated in the film that "most of our economy relies heavily on fossil fuels (coal, natural gas)" a necessity for transportation. Narain also holds us accountable for consuming more than we need and for not moving on to new sources of energy. The United States is one of the biggest consumer societies, thus leaving developing countries in the ruins.
In recent years, and especially in this election cycle, some politicians have started a movement to eradicate some agencies of the federal government, one of which is the Environmental Protection Agency. For some people this is hard to understand, and for others this makes perfect sense. That 's what this article is going to explore; both sides of the argument to abolish the EPA. In order to understand this conflict, one must be well versed in the history of the EPA, and all the acts they have passed.
Nicolas D. Loris, who is an economist at the Heritage Foundation, claims fracking helps create new jobs “for geologists, engineers, rig workers, truck drivers, and pipe welders”—such as a plant located in Pennsylvania that will generate about 10,000 new jobs—and also helps create more business for hotels and restaurants (“Fracking is not a Public Health Risk,” Chemicals). Using this method of wastewater injections, says Loris, also generates over “600 trillion cubic feet of natural gas… [which] is enough heat to 15 million homes for one year” (“Fracking is not a Public Health Risk, Chemicals). He continues his argument by saying that, with the creation of new jobs, hydraulic fracking increases the U.S. economy and makes natural gas available for vital things such as food processing, pharmaceuticals, and fertilizers (“Fracking is not a Public Health Risk,”
Comparative Analysis- Carl Sandburg and John Mcphee In both the short biographies the authors are very intrigued by their subjects. Carl Sandburg explains Abraham Lincoln´s importance just as John Mcphee does about Arthur Ashe. Their attitude is very positive towards their subjects and makes them a lot more interesting. Carl Sandburg and John Mcphee both start off with a background paragraph about their subjects lives and importance.
The character that says about this quote was O’brien. This quote is extremely important because it was very sad moment. One of the friend died , which is Strunk. Strunk and Dave Jensen were enemy at first. Later, They become friend and they both learned to trust each other.
McKibben believes there have been important developments, for example, international agreements, “Clean Air Act” and “Clean Water Act” that prevent further pollution of air and water. Also, McKibben, in his conclusion, points out that he expects from Barack Obama’s administration that more needs to be done in policy changes to protect environmental pollution or global warming issues. On the other hand, Jensen is pessimistic because he believes the leaders are not dedicated and are dominated by industrialist power. He believes industrialists hire lobbyist that protect their interests. He insists citizens should organize and protest more frequently to put pressure on the congress for all citizens’ interest.
White’s argument is that the crisis with our environment issues relies among all of us, even those who consider themselves environmentalists. Society is responsible because we are all part of the capitalism system, that none of us are willing to leave in order to truly save the environment, because that would require for us to resist work and consumption. In order to accept White’s main idea that will help us understand his main claim is that we have to understand that everyone in society is responsible for damaging the environment. Evn those who are part of envirinoment organizations are still responsible for damaging the environment.
Consumption became part of our culture as well as consumerism. In every consumption of goods, it affects our environment because of the waste of the products that we used. At present, the consumption rate continuously increases which is very alarming. The extravagant desire of consumer has made the current environmental imbalance and these imbalances will cause a huge problem than people await. These imbalances have just caused environmental debacles in places everywhere throughout the world.
Eighner's intention in this essay is to condemn consumer wastefulness. Eighner clearly gives some insight of consumer wastefulness. America is a consumer based country that usually consumes and wastes products especially food. Eighner wants to show consumers that they should care about what they dispose and pay attention on what they can save that would be useful to them. Eighner's tone is this essay is very formal.
In Wendell Berry’s “Waste” the author argues that the centralization of industries is the reason for the wastefulness of the people in the US. Since these industries are centralized we are forced to buy food from places filled with plastics and mass produced foods. In the essay Wendell Berry uses logos in order to convey the message that both corporations and people in the US play an equal role in the creation of waste. In the essay,Berry is able to use clear reasoning in able to develop the cause and effect relationship found in this article.
Behind the emotion, however, two critical questions arise: does the existing evidence justify such a high-level commitment of resources to environmental injustice claims; and what reasonable steps should society take to ensure that environmental policies are fairly enacted and implemented? (Boerner, 1995). (This paragraph was awesome!) To see that pollution matters on a bigger note, Flint, Michigan is not the only place on the earth that has water issues. Places all over the world, especially in developing countries are suffering from contaminated water.