• When: March 21, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • Location: Dunton Tower
  • Room: 1811
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Cost: Free



“Global Warming Hoaxsters”: The Rising Cost of the Environment

Moderator: Kim Sigouin (Department of English)

“Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don’t believe it $$$$!” – Trump

“A Trump administration will focus on real environmental challenges, not phony ones: We will reject Hillary Clinton’s poverty-expansion agenda that enriches her friends and makes everyone else poor. We’ll solve real environmental problems in our communities like the need for clean and safe drinking water.” – Trump

These tweets from notorious climate change denier, Donald Trump, speak to a growing opposition between the environment and the economy. This opposition extends to recent news articles on the effects of climate change, ranging from catastrophic natural disasters to rising taxes. Climate change poses an imminent threat to the survival of the planet, while sustainable development threatens our (economic) survival. We invite you to a discussion that considers the ways in which the environment is pitted against the economy.

Questions to consider:

  1. Is it possible to reconcile these seemingly opposing topics (environment vs economy)?
  2. How do we distinguish between “real” and “phony” environmental challenges?
  3. What are some alternatives to imposing a tax? Is money the only motivator to get people thinking conscientiously about the environment?
  4. What do we mean by the “environment”?

An article on record heat:

Articles on carbon tax:

Please contact Kim at sigouin.k@gmail.com if you are interested in receiving additional readings.