Pt. 1 (Exploratory Essay)  

Case Study – 500 words

Review Issue 20 from Taking Sides below. Which viewpoint do you side with? Why? Explain. Reference at least two outside resources that further support the viewpoint you side with.

Should the World Continue to Rely on Oil as a Major Source of Energy?

YES: Red Cavaney, from “Global Oil Production about to Peak? A Recurring Myth,” World Watch (January-February 2006)

NO: James Howard Kunstler, from The Long Emergency (Grove/Atlantic, 2005)

Issue Summary

YES: Red Cavaney, president and chief executive officer of the American Petroleum Institute, argues that recent revolutionary advances in technology will yield sufficient quantities of available oil for the foreseeable future.

NO: James Howard Kunstler contends that the peak of oil production, Hubbert’s Peak, was itself the important turning point in our species’ relationship to petroleum. Unless strong conservation measures are put in place, the new scarcity will destroy much that we have come to expect in our lives.

Pt. 2

PLANS – 1500 words

Identify an industry or business in which you are interested. Considering this industry or business, what are some of the ethical or corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues that you believe warrant greatest attention on the part of organizational leaders? Why are these issues important? What are some practical approaches that leaders might take to achieve more ethically responsible performance in these areas? Why haven’t leaders done this to date? Do you think higher performance in this area might produce higher profitability? Support your arguments.

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