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What are some political issues concerning alternative energy?

Question by benitolim: What are some political issues concerning alternative energy?
I can think of plenty of economic issues, but I can’t seem to think of any political issues.

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Answer by julvrug
You mean like the fact that congress has shot down many ideas in the past and most likely will in the future? like nuclear is too dangerous, although it is currently safer than many things with today’s technology. that we could really use more refineries outside of the gulf and none have been built in over 25 years. that we cannot build wind farms because it would kill some birds that might fly into them, umm I know there are more just not coming to me at the moment.

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During the 1890s, what international developments led some American opinion leaders to believe that…?

Question by Arthur Q: During the 1890s, what international developments led some American opinion leaders to believe that…?
the US must become more active in world affairs? What domestic problems in the 1890s made foreign expansion seem like a safety valve? Describe in a few sentences each 3 religious, historical, economic, or scientific arguments voiced in favor of expansion.

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Answer by Joseph
The 1890s in America were desperate times. Economic depression caused bank and business failures and forced millions of men and women from their jobs.

General:
In the years leading up to the Spanish American War, the United States experienced a growth in ethnocentrism, a belief in manifest destiny and Anglo-Saxonism. It was this combination of views that provided the moral impetus allowing for the U.S. public to support the efforts to make the country into an imperial power. The ongoing debate over these views shaped American policy for years.

The Discussion:

Throughout the 19th century, Americans discussed and debated issues connected to expansion. Westward acquisitions began with the Louisiana Purchase and continued through the mid-century period with the land gained through the war with Mexico. By the Civil War, the territory that today composes the “lower 48” was owned by the United States, and our northern and southern borders were stabilized through treaty negotiations with Canada and Mexico.

From the early years of the century until the Civil War, policy debates centered on extending our North American borders. Each episode of expansion created an intellectual friction between those that supported territorial growth and those in opposition. Debate varied in their particulars, however. The purchase of the Louisiana Territory, for instance, raised important constitutional issues concerning the legality of land purchase. In the ensuing years, geographic growth would be examined in the context of moral, economic and political issues. Regardless of the historical event, an underlying belief in manifest destiny, our nation’s fate and duty to settle our North American lands coast to coast, underscored each territorial acquisition. It seems certain most Americans believed in a special manifest destiny for the nation, and this philosophical foundation enabled the United States to spread westward with confidence and moral assuredness.

http://www.spanamwar.com/imperialism.htm
http://www.smplanet.com/imperialism/toc.html
http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_1741500823_22/United_States_History.html

Background for US expansion during the “Age of Imperialism”

Post Spanish-American War U.S. political cartoon from 1898: “Ten Thousand Miles From Tip to Tip” meaning the extension of U.S. domination (symbolized by a bald eagle) from ‘Puerto Rico’ to the Philippines. The cartoon contrasts this with a map of the smaller United States in 1798.A variety of factors coincided during this period to bring about an accelerated pace of U.S. expansion:

Wars such as the Spanish-American War that led to liberation and acquisition of former colonies of foreign states
The industry and agriculture of the United States had grown beyond its need for consumption. Powerful business and political figures such as James G. Blaine believed that foreign markets were essential to further economic growth, promoting a more aggressive foreign policy.
The prevalence of racism, notably Ernst Haeckel’s “biogenic law,” John Fiske’s conception of Anglo-Saxon racial superiority, and Josiah Strong’s call to “civilize and Christianize” – all manifestations of a growing Social Darwinism and racism in some schools of American political thought.[citation needed]
The development of Frederick Jackson Turner’s “Frontier Thesis,” which stated that the American frontier was the wellspring of its creativity and virility as a civilization. As the Western United States was gradually becoming less of a frontier and more of a part of America, many believed that overseas expansion was vital to maintaining the American spirit.
The publication of Alfred T. Mahan’s The Influence of Sea Power upon History in 1890, which advocated three factors crucial to The United States’ ascension to the position of “world power”: the construction of a canal in South America (later influencing the decision for the construction of the Panama Canal), expansion of the U.S. naval power, and the establishment of a trade/military post in the Pacific, so as to stimulate trade with China. This publication had a strong influence on the idea that a strong navy stimulated trade, and influenced policy makers such as Theodore Roosevelt and other proponents of a large navy…..Vikpedia

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What are some factors that led the United States to adopt a policy of political and economic expantion?

Question by hunterloverboy: What are some factors that led the United States to adopt a policy of political and economic expantion?

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Answer by Darth Severus
large size of American economy and military potential, and belief that Capitalism and Democracy are the best way to run the society.

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Q&A: What are some popular organizations that fight global warming and other environmental issues?

Question by Sophie B: What are some popular organizations that fight global warming and other environmental issues?
And if you could say a few things about them, that would be great. Thank you!

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Answer by Jim M
Exxon Mobile, BP, Chevron

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Q&A: What are some environmental factors and issues related to climate change in the Netherlands?

Question by Yaman: What are some environmental factors and issues related to climate change in the Netherlands?
What are some environmental factors and issues related to climate change in the Netherlands?

Thanks to anyone that can help

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Answer by Mimzy
The country being flooded?

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I need help picking out some earth-space science courses for college?

Question by Dkl: I need help picking out some earth-space science courses for college?
I need some help picking some out.
Which courses are more related to earth and space science, and which ones are not?

Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to Forestry
Introduction to Oceanography
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Physical Geology
Introduction to Human Ecology
Introduction to Environmental Science

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Answer by minimeme131
I’m not familiar with this subject, but I think all of them because they deal with the earth. Maybe try meeting with a school adviser..?

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Is it easier to get into some Cornell University colleges than others?

Question by Sarah B: Is it easier to get into some Cornell University colleges than others?
The colleges are:

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
College of Engineering
College of Hotel Administration
College of Human Ecology
School of Industrial and Labor Relations

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Answer by MomSezNo
You could look up the acceptance rates for the different schools at Cornell in a college guidebook. Or, the Cornell website may have that info.

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Why is it some people can’t wrap their mind around the idea that human activities affect the environment?

Question by heeltap: Why is it some people can’t wrap their mind around the idea that human activities affect the environment?
That human population expansion and demands for greater economic development and growth leads to habitat destruction, resource depletion, and species extinction is one of the widely accepted generalizations found in all text books on Ecology and the indisputable evidence supporting the generalization are just overwhelming whether or not you have any education in modern science. For example, many primitive indigenous cultures know how true the generalization is. TWH 06042007-6
Global cooling of the 70’s is still around because particulate pollution is still around. The reflection of certain frequencies of solar energy has helped to offset the absorption and retention of other frequencies of the solar spectrum and may have masked the problem of solar warming leading to adverse climate changes. Understanding the problem in terms of the energy(radiation/absorption/reflection/accumulation) distribution dynamics of the atmosphere is not easy to explain in a simple manner.
Mike all human beings have preconceptions incl you and me. Intuition might be a better name. But good science is supposed to weed out the preconceptions to get to the facts. I think that the preponderance of the evidence points to adverse climate changes are coming and that part of the contributory cause is human activites that do not properly consider the impact that those activities have on the way complex natural systems like the atmosphere work. Try harder to understand the problem and consider the consequences if humans don’t change their energy consumption, and the waste-and-pollution-generating patterns to preserve bio-diversity and healthy ecosystems.
baypoint post is very thoughtful and the way caring people worry. I am almost 56 and I have no children of my own but my siblings and friends do and I know they, like you and me, care about future generations.
I believe that acute, abrupt climate changes are coming because of the polluting economic activities of 6.5 billion humans. The changes that will come in the dynamics of the atmosphere and hydosphere will come so fast, too fast that many species will die out and this will cause entire eco-systems to disappear. Maybe, if the changes were to occur more gradually, then species and eco-systems could have the time to adapt and evolve. Nature has different, longer time frames than we humans like. Life forms and habitats adapt to changes in the environment. New living conditions on the planet should not be the results of unplanned, uncontrolled human progress because we have no real understanding of where evolutionary processes will take us and because there is no fallback. We could end up extinguishing ourselves by being ignorant and arrogant about the position and role of the human species in the scheme of things and the theme of evolving life on the planet and in the universe.
Maybe the coming climate changes will be on balance good for humans, but maybe on balance they could hurt us. Some species win:others will lose. Either way given the uncertainty we humans face and the current limits of our knowledge and understanding, we should act cautiously and err on the conservative side and do all we can to reduce our impact on the environment for the sake of future generations and the future of humankind. Like Pascal’s bet that it is better to believe in and behave as if there is a God and salvation in an afterlife is possible, humans should believe and act as if we can understand,control , and reduce the damage our economic activities have on the Earths atmosphere. To not do so would be foolish and contrary to the long term interests of humanity in an absolutely amazing evolving universe.
alleninthehills ==>QED
lilzoo , you are correct in saying we are part of nature and that given the fact that we are conscious and have a conscience, it is incumbent on us to be a good part of nature and act responsibly caring for each other and the rest of nature which we all depend upon in ways we do not yet fully understand or appreciate.
TWH 06112007-1.
Mike, this is not a left vs right issue, it is a good science issue which requires we act on the side of caution until we correct the global problem through the practice of democratic political statemanship at home and cooperative diplomacy worldwide. Bringing up environmental problems in the context of politics as a left-vs-right-issue only triggers further waste of time when we humans may not have the time to waste. Scientists have given us their best efforts and our political leaders had better get cracking and put all partisan and ideological bickering aside or they will be removed from office next elections as the weather problems worsen. TWH 06112007-2
byderule, baypointmike, raji and oliveoyl163, I liked all of your answers and all made good points, but the winner is the answer that points to the ignorance about the facts of life about human beings living in a miraculous natural world . Technology will not save us from ourselves, a change in perspective and attitude might. I hope all agree with my pick for best A and join me in congratulating him for hiiting the nail’s head.,

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Answer by Man
I don’t want to be rude but to put it simply they’re dumb.

The world and time is a huge system that some people will never fully understand.

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what is ecology and what are some example of ecology?

Question by Vera: what is ecology and what are some example of ecology?
ecology is the study of organisim. examples are human nature, tree, living thing and water.

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Answer by leo
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a. The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments. Also called bionomics.
Ecology, the interdisciplinary scientific study of the distribution and abundance of organisms and their interactions with their environment.

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How could some of these things make a change in a good way in our economic system in the U.S?

Question by nwofu: How could some of these things make a change in a good way in our economic system in the U.S?
The ultimate driver of all economies, internalizing the external costs, using economics/laws/regulations to increase environmental quality, full cost pricing, trading pollution, green taxes, user fees, and earth-sustaining economies.

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Answer by warnick69
I ON,T THINK THERE IS A SIMPLE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION AS THEY HVE YET TO BE WORDED OUT —
Pure free-market economies don’t exist because they have flaws that require government intervention in the marketplace. This can prevent a single seller or buyer (monopoly) or a single group of sellers or buyers (oligopoly or cartel) from dominating the market and thus controlling supply or demand and price. Governments intervene in economies to…. ·provide national security, education, and public goods ·help redistribute some income and wealth ·protect people from fraud, trespass, theft, and bodily harm ·protect the health and safety of workers and consumers ·help ensure economic stability Pure command economies don’t exist either. Countries in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and China have moved away from command economic systems and toward market-based approaches.Economic Growth and External Costs How is economic growth measured? Economic growth- an increase in the capacity of the economy to provide goods and services for people’s final use. Such growth is usually accomplished by maximizing the flow of matter and energy resources (throughout) by means of population growth (more consumers), more consumption per person, or both

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