Week 7 - Economics and the Environment

Day 1 - Getting Started

Day 4 - Common Resources

Tragedy of the Commons and Two Theological Facts
16. What is the tragedy of the commons?
a potent explanatory idea that is prominent in contemporary thinking about environmental affairs and the managing of natural resources.
17. Does the theory underlying the tragedy of the commons provide insight on why traffic congestion is often a problem? Explain. How might this problem be solved?
yes. people are trying to get farther and farther faster and faster. to solve this problem many lanes are needed to flow the traffic more smoothly
18. Why would the poor and powerless do better in a regime of private property and markets than in a regime of heavy governmental intrusion?
because they would have the initiative to take and make their private property profitable.
19. Professor Hill gives the example of how the Rainey Preserve in Louisiana brought environmentalists and oil companies together in a mutually profitable enterprise. He used this example to illustrate what three advantages about markets and private property rights?
markets and private property rights arevthat they maximize cooperation, minimize social conflict, and encourage people to find ways of getting along.
20. How does recognizing the distinction between the Creator and the created inform our responsibilities to God, and as part of God’s good creation, our responsibility as stewards?
our responsibility is to take care of his creation and use it to its fullest.

Tragedy Made Simple by William Bennetta

Private Property System Best Benefits Environment

Day 5 - Humane Environmentalism

The Matrix, Matter, and Man
21. The idea that we are destroying the planet keeps company with what other fashionable idea?
that the earth is overpopulated with people
22. What does Reverend Robert Sirico’s term “humanophobia” mean?
the belief that life and earth would be a lot better off if most of us were, well, dead.
23. Based on statements made by Eric Pianka in his 2006 keynote address, what is his view of man?
he thinks man is being a burden to earth and is destroying nature, which he thinks is not for hummans.
24. What might be some dangers faced by the next generation if powerful politicians and today's intellectual elite, are convinced that man is nothing more than a consuming parasite?
they might begin trying to regulate the population growth or send out man made viruses in order to thin the population.
25. What is the Achilles heel of the misanthropic strain of modern environmentalism? (Misanthropic: adj. disliking humankind and avoiding human society. Synonyms; antisocial, unneighborly, inhospitable)
free societies allow human beings to be fruitful and multiply rather than merely consume.
26. Considering all you have learned up to this point through this course, what is your view of man?
Man is created by God, in Gods image, for Gods purposes. We have been given dominion of nature and all the things of the earth for us to us and turn into resources for us to prosper.

Day 6 - Critical Thinking Assignment

The Environment: Air Pollution Today