Would you oppose having a waste incinerator, a hazardous waste landfill, or a deep-injection well for hazardous waste storage located in or near your community? For each of these possibilities, explain your response. If you are against having these waste-disposal facilities in your community, how do you believe the hazardous wastes generated in your community should be managed?
China relies on coal for two-thirds of its commercial energy supply and 80% of its electricity, partly because the country has a great deal of coal. Yet China’s coal burning has made it the world’s top CO2 emitter and has probably sped up the process of atmospheric warming. Do you think China is justified in using coal intensively, as other countries, including the United States, have done and continue to do? Explain. What are China’s alternatives?
If you live in the United States, list three important ways in which your life would be different today if actions by U.S. citizens between the 1970s and 1990s had not led to the Clean Air Acts of 1970, 1977, and 1990, because of intense political opposition by the affected industries.