Compare and contrast the two basic approaches to dealing with pollution caused by economic activity: the Polluter Pays Principle versus the Precautionary Principle.
We have not spent a great deal of time on these in class, though we have covered the basic concepts. What you are going to going to explore in this essay is your reasoning why you would support one or the other as a superior approach and explain why. You are free to select either.
The text has limited information on these topics: a paragraph on page 205 on the, and then a brief discussion of Polluter Pays policy on page 362 as to how it is applied in CERCLA, or the Superfund Act, where the technical distinctions between legal definitions of various forms of liability are discussed.
You do not need to create any footnotes in your essay; but if you really feel the need.
Lines of Argument: you may wish to consider elements from the following in your lines of argument:
historical experiences with major pollution events effectiveness of policy on affecting the behavior of potential polluters ease of implementation as a policy Writing aids: you are encouraged to take advantage of resources that can improve your writing. I found this excellent summary about writing essays by googling "lines of argument", about Writing Essays.
Please focus on clarity of expression. Make each paragraph count, and attempt to have each paragraph built around its topic sentence. You are encouraged to make use of FRCC's Writing Center, which can be done online, if you give them a couple of days of turnaround time. You can also schedule an appointment time to discuss your online submission via phone. This is an excellent resource for you to get feedback about your writing, beyond my critique.