Pollution In The Backcountry - Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park

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1849 words

Outline Of Pollution in the Backcountry

1. Bush over turns Clintons plans to ban snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park. (pro)

a. Yellowstone will continue to be polluted and degraded. (con)

2. Business, Industry and environment.

a. Two opinions presented by each side

3. Identifying problems with the over turning of the Clinton administration ban.

4. Identifying problems with the pollution in off road vehicles.

5. Identifying propaganda techniques used by either side.

6. How credible is each side of the debate?

a. What are the credentials for each side?

7. Which side impressed me as being the most empirical in presenting their case?

8. Are there any reasons to believe the writers are biased?

9. With which side of this debate do I personally agree with?

Pollution In The Backcountry

As the population grows in this country we are developing and expanding area's that have never seen the population like we are seeing these days. There are almost 1200 people who live in the small community of West Yellowstone that thrives on tourism. There is good turnout in the summer and in the winter snowmobiling keeps the small town going. Over the past five years the Government and multiple environmental agencies have tried to shut down snowmobiles in the National Park for pollution reasons. How would this affect the environment? How would this affect the local industry? I will go through each side of this debate that has been taking place.

On July 18, 2004 the House of representative voted not to ban snowmobiles from the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park area's. "Since 1996 the government has completed three major official assessments of snowmobiles' impact on the Parks in winter" (The New York ...

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... environmentally safe. Second I think it is important to keep our national parks open to the people but this has shown the need to protect them to a point so our children and grandchildren can enjoy these National Parks in the future. Third, It is nice to see that the case studies go on. Without this research we would not have a direction to go although expensive, I think it is well worth it. The research needs to be compiled correctly by professionals and have no bias or slanted opinions contaminate the overall conclusion to the study.


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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how bush overturns clintons plans to ban snowmobiles in yellowstone national park.
  • Describes the credentials of each side of the debate and opines that the government and environmental agencies have tried to shut down snowmobiles in yellowstone for pollution reasons.
  • Opines that the government is now on the fourth tried and true three year study to try and get the facts the public is looking for.
  • Opines that the ban on snowmobiles in the park could affect local businesses and the pollution they create.
  • Explains that president clinton's ban on the park caused controversy among environmentalists, government officials, and local businesses. the new study costs $2 million to $3 million for a park annually under financed by nearly $23 million.
  • Explains that the snowmobiles have advanced in technology in just the past five years and how much cleaner they are. older models have louder engines that have 50% more emissions than the new leading technology.
  • Opines that there needs to be a line drawn to accommodate both sides of the issue.
  • Analyzes how the park is paying attention to the economic impacts that the "sleds" could have on the national park.
  • Explains that the national park service operated under an interim rule announced november 11, 2004, and allowed 720 snowmobiles in yellowstone per day, with all machines meeting bat and no commercially guided requirement.
  • Opines that all sides of this debate have reasoning and they are both very credible, but some of the facts are stretched a little too much and that is where the controversy begins.
  • Opines that the isia and the american council of snowmobile associations (acsa) have impressed them with the driving force that has taken their sport to the courts.
  • Opines that the overall judgment will be fair and non-bias after the completion of the fourth study.
  • Concludes that the controversy has had many positive effects, and that it is important to keep our national parks open to the people but this has shown the need to protect them.
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