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  • Energy Crisis - 464 words
    Late in the autumn of 1973, energy (or the lack of it) grabbed headlines like never before. It was not until the war between the Arab countries and Israel that the United States noticed a sharp decrease in our oil supplies. This was due to the fact that we - the U.S. - were supplying aids and weapons to Israel. Arab, who produced the majority of the worlds oil, decided to punish us by cutting off our oil shipments. In November of the same year, President Nixon appeared on live television to inform the United States public about the crisis. He informed the people they were going to have the most crucial energy shortage since World War II. In order to conserve energy there were a few emergency ...
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  • Alternative Energy Supplies Must Be Implemented - 1,421 words
    The U.S. oil supply is rapidly diminishing. Alternative energy sources must be implemented because oil is a scarce and non-renewable resource. Each year the U.S. consumes 6.2 billion barrels of oil, equivalent to 17 million barrels of oil each day (Coastal 67). The undiscovered U.S. OCS and gas resources combined with onshore reserves would amount to only 81.5 billion barrels of oil, enough to last for 5000 days (Coastal 75). So the oil crisis is not entirely bad news, the U.S. still has time to implement alternative energy sources such as nuclear energy, hydroelectric energy, solar power, wind power, and geothermal energy, as well as alternative fuels which may be used in existing power pla ...
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  • Wed And Sustainable Development - 1,893 words
    At the present rate of development, according to many scientists, the world will reach critical mass sometime within the next fifty years. With these doomsday predictions, many development models have come under scrutiny for their shortsightedness and lack of environmental concerns. Over the past thirty years, those affected most, or more appropriately, those who are being forced to bear the brunt of the negative impacts of these development programs the most, have increasingly become themes that have not only brought to light serious defects in Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPS) and other development programs, but have also critically assessed the very social fabrics that have encouraged ...
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  • Late 1990s American - 338 words
    In the late 1990s Americans for the first time found themselves in the position of being able to choose an electricity provider, as the once staid and monopolistic electric utility industry entered an era of freewheeling competition and deregulation. In this book Richard F. Hirsh explains how and why this radical restructuring has occurred. Hirsh starts by describing the successful campaign by utility managers in the first decade of the century to protect their industry from competition. The regulated system that emerged had the unanticipated consequence of endowing utility managers with great political and economic power. Seven decades later a series of largely unanticipated events, includi ...
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  • Oil - 1,158 words
    The Importance of Oil In U.S. Foreign Policy During the oil and energy crisis of the mid-1970s Americans became painfully aware of the consequences of the United States dependence on foreign sources of oil. Unfortunately, research and exploration for alternative sources of oil in North America has not been pursued vigorously enough to cease such foreign dependence. As a result, in the mid-1990s Americans find themselves in the same precarious position as they were during the 1970s. The Persian-Gulf War in 1991 was all the proof needed to convince the United States of how strongly oil still influences our foreign policy and international relations in general. Oil and U.S. Foreign Policy: Hist ...
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  • Oil - 1,112 words
    ... ng the 1991 Gulf War and the crisis that led to it. Saddam Husseins attack against oil-rich Kuwait proved just how vital the region was to not only the United States, but to the entire world. Oil is one of the main reasons we are in the Persian Gulf indefinitely. According to Hoagland, Saddam's threat to Saudi oil fields triggered the significant escalation of stationed American troops in the Gulf that has apparently enraged Saddam, Saudi domestic extremists or whoever set off that truck bomb (Hoagland, 1996, p 5B). As recently as this year, President Clinton had to deal with the threat of Saddam Hussein. And, although he has retreated for the time being, he has not gone away. He still h ...
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  • English Analysis - 1,443 words
    Every day hundreds of thousands of people are starving. The issue of who should assist them is brought up time and time again. Should we give of our own? If so, how much should we give? Since only one third of the nations in the world are rich and the other two thirds are poor can and should the rich countries be expected to provide for the less fortunate? Garrett Hardin, author of Lifeboat Ethics: The Case against Aid That Harms states that each country has a carrying capacity and by helping out others we push ourselves closer to a limit that we are close to reaching. Our nation only has a small amount of energy left and Hardin believes that by assisting the poor we will only make ourselves ...
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  • How The United States Government Does Not Truly Reflect A Federalist System - 1,438 words
    I believe that the United States Constitution does not truly reflect a federalist system. In fact, I believe that the federalist system, in which states have considerable power to exercise, was all but abolished by the United States Constitution. In answering this question, American Government, by Peter Wolf, gives a few examples of what Federalism meant back in the late 1700s, and why, during the framing of the Constitution, there was a big debate between federalists and anti-federalists. That Federalism furnishes the means of uniting commonwealths into one nation under one national government without extinguishing their separate administrations, legislatures, and local patriotisms (Wolf, 6 ...
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  • Fossil Fuels - 1,644 words
    ... d's population, yet consumes 26% of the world's energy. Imagine what life would be like without electricity? At present most electricity is produced using non-renewable resources like coal but this cannot continue forever. The common characteristic of renewable energy resources is that they are never going to run out. Compared with non-renewable resources, renewable energy is difficult to use and more expensive at present. Not only could renewable resources solve future energy needs but they could also help to reduce environmental problems. Oil is an example of a non-renewable resource. It is obtained from oil fields and is transported to oil refinaries where it is turned into various ...
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  • Nergy And Commerce Committee: Lighting The Way Of The Future - 1,472 words
    ... aw to enhance the privacy of online shoppers. Energy: He wants to be the Houses principle figure now that the debate over federal fuel and electricity policies are climbing national agendas. Environment: He wants to rewrite the superfund statute (PL 96-510) to increase business flexibility for dealing with hazardous waste and to limit their responsibility for the waste problems they inherit from others (Ota). Among the topics not fully listed are the ever increasing gasoline and crude oil prices, as well as the energy crisis in California. During the last year and a half the price of crude oil and petroleum products have drastically increased from twelve dollars a barrel in February 20 ...
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  • Public Policy Problems In The Environment - 831 words
    Public policy is defined by Websters as the The basic policy or set of policies forming the foundation of public laws, especially such policy not yet formally enunciated. The United States Government has many policies in the area of the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created in 1970 to help identify environmental problems in our nation, and to set policy on how to deal with those problems. Yet, with so much money spent by the government to deal with problems with the environment, it must be noted that problems still exist, even within the bureaucracy that was meant to help in the first place. During the presidential campaign of the last election, an issue arose co ...
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  • Is Nuclear Power Safe For The Environment - 1,321 words
    ... ioxide into the atmosphere, which affects the ever so popular greenhouse effect (Editorial 196). These greenhouse effects could cause serous changes in weather climates. Acid rain is also a side effect to burning coal. It can affect everything from crop growth to damaging fish in lakes and rivers. So you have to ask yourself, is coal environmentally safe? If not, what is? Maybe oil would be the suitable solution to Americas energy crisis. Along with coal, oil has to be burnt to produce electricity. It also creates carbon dioxides and acid rain, but besides these problems, there are additional environmental hardships to deal with. One source of oil for America comes from the Middle East. ...
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  • Five Major Events Of World History - 1,492 words
    In this essay I hope to explain the 5 events in each of these three struggling country. All these countries have things in common like lack of unity, lack of adequate economic development, lack of education. These countries struggle throughout the a couple of decades, but now slowly recovering with the aid of other countries. In Africa, Colonialism left a legacy of problems. Most of the new nations were based on the colonial units set up by the Europeans. The boundaries of those units, however, showed no regard for the people who lived there. As a result, boundaries often divided ethnic groups, enclosed rival groups, or contained so many different groups that a sense of unity was almost impo ...
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  • Global Warming And Alternative Energy - 1,011 words
    People are inflicting major damage to the Earths environment, and if we dont do anything to stop the destruction soon, the results could be devastating. Most people know about global warming and think it may be a serious problem in the future. What most people dont understand is that global warming is happening now, and we are already feeling some of its destructive power. Because of the dangerous effects of global warming, alternative energy sources need to be aggressively pursued. Finding and utilizing alternative energy sources may be the only way to combat the increase of global warming. Scientists agree that the main reason for global warming is the depletion of the ozone layer surround ...
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  • Enron, A History And How The Company Imploded - 1,204 words
    ... and Electric Company is one of the three major utility companies in the region, along with Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Company. August 14, 2001 CEO Jeff Skilling resigns stating "personal reasons." October 12, 2001 Enron announces that it made a US $638 million loss during the third quarter of the fiscal year 2001. October 24, 2001 Andrew Fastow is ousted as the chief financial officer because of his involvement into questionable business transactions and partnerships. Jeff McMahon becomes Enron's Chief Financial Officer. October 31, 2001 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) upgrades its inquiry into Enron's dealings into a formal investigation on Enro ...
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  • Enron - 1,715 words
    The Beginning of the End of Enron Enron Corporation, an energy and communications company was established in 1985 by the merger of Houston Natural Gas and InterNorth (enron.com). This merger catapulted Enron into becoming the largest natural-gas company in America. Fortune magazine named Enron "America's Most Innovative Company" in the years of 1996 to 2000. And in 2000, Enron was Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work for in America." In 1986, Enron's CEO, Kenneth Lay, proclaimed that the vision of Enron is to become "the premiere natural-gas pipeline in North America" (enron.com). However, this vision of Enron would ultimately lead to the most scandalous fall of a business lead by corporate ...
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  • Critique On Peter Drucker Book - 1,154 words
    ... was the main avenue of advancement to a society in which business is only one of the available opportunities and no longer a distinct one. "It represents a shift to the post-business society" (Drucker 1989, p 173). Drucker says that the shift has gone furthest in the United States and Japan, but it is also in train in most of Western Europe. In the Two Countercultures chapter, Drucker sees the inevitable fall of the blue collar worker in the United States because more workers in are becoming knowledge workers. He says that "farmers have become to be a small minority" even though in this century production on the farm has grown faster in the developed non-communist countries than in any ...
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