Ideas for Teachers - May 2015
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Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement be more beneficial to Americans than to multinationals?
Do the benefits of fracking outweigh the disadvantages?
Issue # 1 - Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement be more beneficial to Americans than to multinationals? Most business interests, Republicans and the Obama administration back the TPP agreement, while virtually all of organized labor, most Democrats and environmental groups oppose it. Students can consider how America interacts with its global neighbors. Issue # 2 - Do the benefits of fracking outweigh the disadvantages? Fracking is at the heart of America's oil and gas industry. To understand the controversy that surrounds the extraction method, students may want to consider these questions: What are the dangers of fracking? Are proper regulations in place to protect people and the environment? If America's own fossil fuel is not produced, what are the consequences? Is it better for the U.S. to buy foreign fuel or to regulate its own oil and gas industry? Teachers - Please remind your students to download the new SGAP mobile app. Go to Google Play or iTunes Apple Store.