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Richard Madison Haynie ID 993901015 PHI 103 Dr. Bolton MWF 9:40-10:30AM 03/30/07 Set C-3 In Diamond’s book Collapse , he shares the experience of visiting two different oil fields on the island of New Guinea. While visiting the oil fields he made notes on the environmental and economical conditions of these plants. In his book he writes, “Like much of the public, I loved to hate the oil industry, and I deeply suspected the credibility of anyone who dared to report anything positive about the industry’s performance or its contribution to society.” (Diamond, p. 442) Even though his previous belief was reaffirmed in his visit to one of the fields, he was perplexed by the other and pleased to see the results. For these two visits he talks about how the profits of the oil companies and the environmental damage they cause are related. Along with this article, I will be analyzing an argument about resource exploitation and economic growth. The argument that is being analyzed and compared is as follows: A nation can either allow economic development or it can disallow it. If a nation allows economic development, then it will either exploit its natural resources itself or allow corporations to exploit its natural resources. If a nation or corporation exploits natural resources, then they will try to maximize profits. And if they maximize profits, then the environment will be damaged. But if a nation does not allow economic development, then it will not exploit its natural resources nor allow corporations to exploit its resources. If there is no exploitation, the environment will remain undamaged. Thus, the environment will
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