Yesterday we talked about lobbying and other ways to affect government policy as well as the role of bias and control in the media. Below are eight sites associated to the Alberta Tar Sands discussion. For each site you visit from Group A, you must also visit a site from Group B. Compare and contrast the sites and find examples of that each group uses to lobby their view.
Group A) Environmental Lobby
Oil Sands Truth: Tar Pit Maps
Greenpeace: Tar Sands Video Links
Sierra Club of Canada: Tar Sands
Sierra Club: Tar Sands and Caribou
Group B) Industrial Lobby
American Petroleum Industry: Tar Sands Videos
Alberta Environment Ministry: Monitoring Water
Canadian Petroleum Industry: Air Quality Report
Suncor: Water Reclamation at Tar Sands Site
After viewing, comment to this post. You may use the following prompts to help you decide what to write (you need not "answer" all of them):
- What are the two sides of the issue?
- What methods are used (by each side) to try to get you on side?
- What examples did you find most influential? Most biased?
- Was either side able to sway your previously held view on this issue? How much: a little; a lot?