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  1. 1 The XL Pipeline Project came to an end in November, 2015 when President Obama vetoed the bill permitting its construction. What were the legislative/political, environmental, economical and ethical conditions that contributed to that decision? Do you agree with the decision from an ethical standpoint? 1 The XL Pipeline Project came to an end in November, 2015 when President Obama vetoed the bill permitting its construction. What were the legislative/political, environmental, economical and ethical conditions that contributed to that decision? Do you agree with the decision from an ethical standpoint?

  2. 2 In 2014, Seattle voters passed a $48 million parks levy. $11 million of that is set aside for the creation of new parks. What are the possible factors that should be considered when deciding where those parks should be located? What are the pros and cons of different locales? Are there ethical considerations? 2 In 2014, Seattle voters passed a $48 million parks levy. $11 million of that is set aside for the creation of new parks. What are the possible factors that should be considered when deciding where those parks should be located? What are the pros and cons of different locales? Are there ethical considerations?

  3. 3 The Key Deer, a species endemic to the Florida Keys is endangered, in part from habitat loss due to development. There is a bill in the Florida Senate to fund a large reserve for the deer*. What are the ethical issues that surround the creation of a reserve? What are other types of considerations should go into the decision?*hypothetical 3 The Key Deer, a species endemic to the Florida Keys is endangered, in part from habitat loss due to development. There is a bill in the Florida Senate to fund a large reserve for the deer*. What are the ethical issues that surround the creation of a reserve? What are other types of considerations should go into the decision?*hypothetical

  4. 4 In Shishmaref, Alaska, a village of 155 Inuit people has been slowly losing their land to sea level rise and erosion. This was illustrated in Elizabeth Kolbert’s “Field Notes from a Catastrophe”. What is our/the US government’s obligation to these people? 4 In Shishmaref, Alaska, a village of 155 Inuit people has been slowly losing their land to sea level rise and erosion. This was illustrated in Elizabeth Kolbert’s “Field Notes from a Catastrophe”. What is our/the US government’s obligation to these people?

  5. 5 As a result of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, coal mines and coal fired power plants throughout the country are likely to be closing in the near future. What are the scope of the impact on communities? Is this ethical? What are our obligations to those that may lose their jobs? 5 As a result of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, coal mines and coal fired power plants throughout the country are likely to be closing in the near future. What are the scope of the impact on communities? Is this ethical? What are our obligations to those that may lose their jobs?

  6. 6 In Flint, Michigan, thousands of kids have found to be exposed to dangerous levels of lead through the public water system. What are the conditions that led this to happen? What are the ethical issues involved in this catastrophe and how do they relate to the idea of social justice? 6 In Flint, Michigan, thousands of kids have found to be exposed to dangerous levels of lead through the public water system. What are the conditions that led this to happen? What are the ethical issues involved in this catastrophe and how do they relate to the idea of social justice?

  7. 7 Near Clallum Bay, WA, the Makah tribe has claimed a right to hunt grey whales as a vital part of their cultural heritage. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has determined that the proposed number of whales being taken from the ocean will not significantly impact whale populations. What are the ethical considerations on each side of this issue? What do you believe is the ethical course of action? 7 Near Clallum Bay, WA, the Makah tribe has claimed a right to hunt grey whales as a vital part of their cultural heritage. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has determined that the proposed number of whales being taken from the ocean will not significantly impact whale populations. What are the ethical considerations on each side of this issue? What do you believe is the ethical course of action?

  8. 8 We all know that there are many forces acting on salmon to reduce their populations. In some of these salmon runs, should we continue to allow sport fishing in order to maintain political/public support for salmon restoration, even though doing so will prevent the fastest or fullest recovery of these populations? What would be your position? What are the ethical issues that might help you make a decision? 8 We all know that there are many forces acting on salmon to reduce their populations. In some of these salmon runs, should we continue to allow sport fishing in order to maintain political/public support for salmon restoration, even though doing so will prevent the fastest or fullest recovery of these populations? What would be your position? What are the ethical issues that might help you make a decision?