Period-7 Pros: If the Yucca Mountain is used as a nuclear waste depository then it will help store the large amount of nuclear waste that has been piling up in the nuclear power plants for many years. This build-up of nuclear waste poses a hazard to the areas that surround the power plants (such as New York City). The Yucca Mountain Depository resides is in a sparsely populated area and lies over 100 miles from the nearest city. Also the government already owns the land so it would be a waste if they did not use it for anything. The government has spent 10 billion dollars on the Yucca Mountain project already so it would be a waste to not use it, don’t we want our tax dollars to be well spent?
Coal This study will define why the natural resource coal is critical to Australia. 1ai)Coal is a nonrenewable natural resource composed of carbon and hydrocarbons in the form of a black sedimentary rock. It is the most significant natural resource found in Australia, fueling a highly successful industry which in 2005-2006 generated $A.24.5 billion. The coal industry is essential to Australia's high standard of living because it creates significant employment in mining (employs approx 18, 000), production, preparation, transport etc leading to the urbanization of rural communities. This flow-on effect creates the entire infrastructure we see in modern cities, transport, hospital, shopping centres etc.
Green House Gas emissions are relatively caused by exponential increases in carbon molecules within the Earth’s atmosphere. By examining where these large amounts of carbon dioxide are emerging from, “40 percent of Canada’s emissions are coming from Alberta alone” (Oil Sands Truth 2012). This is a significant amount, because since Alberta has one of the largest oil reserves, that is one of the primary reasons for such an increase in CO2 emissions, in relation to the other provinces within
The United States should dismantle all its nuclear weapons, unilaterally Weapons of mass destruction are the most powerful a country can have. Nuclear weapons are some of them. In this essay, I will explain the reasons why the United States should dismantle all its nuclear weapons, unilaterally. They are a threat to human existence, a waste of money and encourage proliferation. One reason why the United States should dismantle all its nuclear weapons, unilaterally, is because they are a threat to human existence.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge One of the United State’s biggest problems at the moment is the issue of natural resources. The United States is highly dependent on foreign nations to provide it with many of their natural energies, mainly speaking of oil. America has many areas of land that contain an abundance of oil in places both offshore and inland, with one of the largest areas being that of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. ANWR is an area of land in northeast Alaska that consists of 19 million acres of land that is administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and is viewed as one of the most promising United States onshore gas and oil prospects (Corn, Gelb, and Baldwin 4). This region of land has been set aside for the purpose of a wildlife reserve for the protection of many species of animals occupying the land.
2013).Pharmaceutical companies sometimes place active chemicals and waste into groundwater sources, in which almost all of the groundwater may be untreated which most likely cause contamination. (Herber, 2002). Abstract: Increase in the emissions of carbon dioxide by burning fossil fuels is the largest cause of environmental down grading resulting not only in global warming but also causing acid rain which alters the pH balance of ground water. Water is a universal solvent; however, its dissolving properties are very sensitive to changes in temperature and pH. Global economic growth has, unfortunately,
Suzuki concludes that the war metaphor is appropriate because developed countries as a collective entity are the main cause of the devastating environmental crises around the world. For example, Industrialized nations are using a lot of the earth’s natural resources for personal gain and profits and because of this blatant exploitation of resources. Many citizens in third world countries are living sub standard lives and are unable to get sufficient resources to live. David Suzuki states that even though industrialized nations only account for about 20 percent of the population they are surprisingly consuming eighty per cent of the planets resource and also generate most of its industrial toxins and wastes. This fact proves that the industrialized
The United States consumes roughly 600 billion cubic meters of natural gas every year while we only produce about 500 billion cubic meters. ANWR could hold trillions of cubic meters of uncovered natural gas. North America is said to contain 3 percent of the world’s natural gas (naturalgas.org). Natural gas has been discovered in the north Alaskan region but it has been said that it is only the tip of the iceberg and that there is much more to be found. According to a spokesman there is some eight billion cubic feet of natural gas is drawn from existing fields in the ANWR every single day that is re-injected into the ground because there is no pipeline to carry the gas to the United States or Canada (Nationalgeographic.com).
Conservation vs. Preservation July 14, 2013 Conservationist Letter Dear Editor, My name is Anthony Herbert, I am writing to you as a conservationist who believes that the Bridger Teton National Forest is a natural forest that can very helpful to us as a culture. The Bridger Teton National Forest is the largest intact ecosystem in the United States. Our economy is at a low point and us having to purchase oil and gas from other countries is only making things worst, since the rate for purchasing gas from other countries is very high. If we could develop the land of our own forest and use it to produce gas and other resources that we need as a country, I believe this would save us some money and also create jobs for the
In total, taxpayers spend up $7.5 billion, or $23,500 per person, annually on feeding, clothing, and providing shelter for marijuana offenders (Donziger). Building new prisons, because there is such a vast number of marijuana prisoners, costs even more money. Since taxpayers have paid nearly $300 billion to fund the War in Iraq, it is time a burden is taken off the taxpayer’s shoulders (Office). Incarcerating drug offenders cost taxpayer 1.8 billion annually, according to most analyst (Stuart). Other substantial costs include enforcing marijuana laws.