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 Critical Thinking Assignment – CHMT 100 Fracking Position paper Sources: Watch the following videos that illustrate two different viewpoints on hydraulic fracturing (fracking): https://www.ted.com/talks/t_boone_pickens_let_s_transform_energy_with_natural_gas?language=en https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvz_m5uPV4s (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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWVAn01bX-0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_uNx2fXlfE . 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. 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 you 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 you are and the person you want to become? Liberty – How does respect for freedom, personal autonomy, or consent apply? Empathy – What would you do if you 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?

 
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