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AGERANGE: Ages 15 to adult.

The Opposing Viewpoints series does a great job presenting diverse opinions on current topics in order to promote critical thinking skills. Student debaters and paper writers will benefit from the helpful way in which the selections are organized and introduced. The Presidential Election Process, for instance, presents a total of 22 brief articles excerpted from recent books, journals, and online sources, written by journalists, political science professors, and policy makers, and arranged in four chapters--Does the Nomination Process Produce the Best Candidates?; Should Campaign Spending Be Limited?; Do the Media Unfairly Influence Presidential Campaigns?; and Should the Electoral College Be Abolished or Reformed? Within each chapter each article’s stance is made clear by its title: e.g., “The Media Often Distort Candidates’ Positions,” or “Media Coverage of Candidates is Objective.” The book’s introduction provides an overview of the issues, while chapter prefaces explain what each debate is about. Brief paragraphs preface each article, summarizing the author’s argument and posing questions to consider while reading it. A few political cartoons and sidebars (e.g., a list of “Top 15 PACs in 2004 Election”) dot the text. End materials include a list of supplementary articles, questions for further discussion, and an annotated list of organizations to contact. The other volumes follow a similar format, and all are sure to provoke valuable discussions and debates in and out of classrooms. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737737448
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Pages: 233
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?     11
Introduction     14
Are Global Resources Overstrained?
Chapter Preface     20
The Depletion of Oil Reserves Is a Global Problem   Matthew Simmons     22
Global Oil Reserves Are Not Near Depletion   Jad Mouawad     32
Food Scarcity Is a Global Problem   Lester R. Brown     40
Food Distribution, Not Scarcity, Is a Global Problem   Roger Thurow   Jay Solomon     47
Water Scarcity Is a Global Problem   Steve Lonergan     56
Water Scarcity Is Not a Global Problem   Asit K. Biswas     63
Periodical Bibliography     75
What Global Agricultural Policies Should Be Pursued?
Chapter Preface     77
Organic Agriculture Can Feed the World   Andre Leu     79
Organic Agriculture Cannot Feed the World   Ronald Bailey     88
Genetically Modified Foods Should Be Produced to Feed the World$dAfrican American Environmentalist Association     94
Genetically Modified Foods Are Dangerous and Unneeded   Jeffrey Smith     101
Fish Farming Can Help Feed the World$dFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations     108
Fish Farming Is Environmentally Destructive   Emma Duncan     113
Periodical Bibliography     119
What Alternative Energy Sources Are Worth Pursuing?
Chapter Preface     121
Solar Energy Can Effectively Provide Electricity$dNational Renewable Energy Laboratory     123
Solar Energy Is Inefficient and Impractical   Howard C. Hayden     128
Wind Power Is Affordable and Environmentally Friendly   Joseph Florence     136
Wind Power Is Unreliable and Not Environmentally Friendly   Eric Rosenbloom     142
Biofuels Can Replace Gasoline   Vinod Khosla     149
Biofuels Are Impractical   James Jordan   James Powell     156
Periodical Bibliography     161
How Can the World's Resources Be Preserved?
Chapter Preface     163
A Commitment to Sustainable Development Will Help Preserve Global Resources   James D. Wolfensohn     165
Sustainable Development Privileges the Few Over the Many   Morgan J. Poliquin     172
Nations Must Share Equally the World's Resources   Rajesh Makwana     179
Free-Trade Agreements Need to Be Repealed to Preserve Global Resources   Deborah James     190
Water Must Be Made a Public Resource   Maude Barlow   Tony Clarke      198
Periodical Bibliography     208
For Further Discussion     209
Organizations to Contact     213
Bibliography of Books     221
Index     225
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