Philosophy Climate Change and Environmental Regulations Essay Question
Must be a minimum of 600 words. You must meet or exceed this word count.Must use references to BOTH the Hutt and MacIntyre essays as well two additional research sources related to the topic.
Alasdair MacIntyre’s “Regulation: A Substitute for Morality” articulates and explores the conflict between what we should do for the greater good of our
society and what we should do in terms of protecting individual freedoms. This conflict is central in our political debates-both now and in the past. On
280 he writes, “Each of these ways of thinking has deep roots in our political culture: the first in the eighteenth-century ideal of a republican people, a
people inspired by a common regard for virtue and community, and ideal that informs much of the founding documents; the second in the individualist
vision of society as a device for the protection of individuals, of society as a collection of strangers, each of whom wishes to protect himself or herself and
his or her property form government and from each other.”
Currently, this exact conflict is being played out in terms of coal mining and its effect on our environment. There is no doubt that we need to lessen our
global dependence on fossil fuels if we want to control climate change. However, our move away from coal-powered energy has a direct, negative effect
on the areas of this country-specifically Appalachia-that depend on the coal industry for their livelihood. In many parts of Appalachia, it isn’t easy (or in
some cases possible) to find other comparable jobs to replace those lost when coal mines close or lay off a significant number or workers. Look into this
issue a bit. Read the article in the LA Times linked below, but also conduct a bit of your own research into this issue and then answer the following
We know that we need to control climate change in order to insure the continued existence of our planet. That is a crucial problem that cannot go
overlooked. However, what responsibility do we have as Americans to financially support those who would lose their livelihoods in the pursuit of
environmental protection? For this assignment, answer the following question: Would you vote for a bill that raised all taxes for all Americans if those
added tax dollars went directly to a substantial unemployment benefit for people who lost their jobs as a result of environmental regulation?
Answer this question in no fewer than 600 words. Use direct references to and knowledge of the two articles we’ve read that argue the moral end of
government regulation (Hutt and MacIntyre) and use references to two additional sources you’ve found that discuss this important political issue. Be
careful with the resources you plan to use to support your arguments. They need to be credible sources (No blogs or highly biased sources).