fracking position paper

Critical Thinking Assignment – CHMT 100 Fracking Position paper Sources: Watch the following videos that illustrate two different viewpoints on hydraulic fracturing (fracking): (Note: Gasland is a 1:43 documentary that was funded by HBO films and is available on youtube through the link above. You do not need to watch the full documentary – two clips give the basic premise of his argument and can be found and . Scenario: In 2050, You are a farmer and own 10 acres’ farm land in Indiana. Your farm is located in the suburban area of Indianapolis. To meet the huge demand of fuel, BP (British Petroleum) is eager to expand their business. BP is on big move to search new oil/gas sources. Recently, they discovered that a huge shale oil/gas source is just beneath your farm. BP offers you an unbeatable price to buy your farm. Your farm will become a fracturing oil field soon. Based on your research about hydraulic fracking, you know quite well about its advantages and disadvantages. DEAL or NO DEAL? Purposes: 1. Using the information in the videos, compile some resources (Blackboard has some to get you started) to make reasonable arguments for hydraulic fracturing AND against hydraulic fracturing (you must research both sides). 2. Identify the ethical/moral issues in the given scenario. Research on 8 key questions of ethical thinking and determine which of the eight key questions apply best to this issue. 3. After compiling your resources, begin to fill out the question form (available on Blackboard). The Eight Key Questions (8KQ): The Eight Key Questions reflect the best of humanity’s ethical reasoning traditions. The Madison Collaborative operationalized these into a flexible and open framework to be used as prompts at the point of decision making. The questions, which can be voiced in first or second person and stated using culturally diverse content, highlight eight vital human values: fairness, outcomes, responsibilities, character, liberty, empathy, authority, and rights. These values may be expressed by different words, e.g. outcomes as “consequences,” “results,” “the future,” or “karma,” or in different languages, e.g. consecuencia (Spanish). Each names a distinctive—we believe cross-culturally common—ethical consideration. Fairness – How can I act equitably and balance legitimate interests? Outcomes – What achieves the best short- and long-term outcomes for me and all others? Responsibilities – What duties and/or obligations apply? Character – What action best reflects who I am and the person I want to become? Liberty – How does respect for freedom, personal autonomy, or consent apply? Empathy – What would I do if I cared deeply about those involved? Authority – What do legitimate authorities (e.g. experts, law, my religion/god) expect of me? Rights – What rights (e.g. innate, legal, social) apply? Guidelines • Question form must be filled out using word processing software (Microsoft Word, etc.) and must be submitted through Blackboard via the Critical Thinking Assignment link • Due date: Nov 14th • Any information used in answering the questions must be properly referenced using MLA formatting (Author. Title. Title of the container. Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher’s name, Date of publication, Location.) Citations must be done in-text as well as through a referenced bibliography/works cited section. Example: Goodwin, Doris. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Simon & Schuster, 2012. • The question form addresses the following information: • Introduction a. What is fracking? b. How does the process work? c. Why is fracking a controversial issue in today’s society? • Opposing viewpoints on fracking a. Present evidence for why fracking should be allowed and what benefits fracking will have on the society as a whole i. Strengthen claims with evidence from print and online resources (cite the evidence in text when applicable as well as in bibliography) b. Present evidence for why fracking should not be allowed and what disadvantages exist for fracking i. Strengthen claims with evidence from print and online resources (cite evidence in text as well as in bibliography) • Biases and influences on viewpoints a. What outside influences or internal biases might cloud someone’s viewpoint on the side for fracking? i. For example, are there any outside factors that might impact why T. Boone Pickens might want to take the side of fracking? b. What outside influences or internal biases might cloud someone’s viewpoint against fracking? i. For example, are there any outside factors that might impact why Josh Fox took the side against fracking? c. Are there any outside influences or internal biases that might impact your overall judgment in the fracking debate? • Personal position statement a. With all of the evidence and all of the influences/biases now clearly laid out in the paper, what is your personal take on fracking? i. You MUST take a side – no sitting on the fence or hedging. ii. Defend your position with evidence and resources

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