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Why does the Green New Deal push for green energy but not for nuclear energy?

This is a broad topic, and for an overview I would suggest to look at the wikipedia article on the anti-nuclear movement. The main points are: accidents which pose a risk to humans and the ...
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What is the fundamental difference between whaling and hunting other animals?

I think there are two main reasons. Ethics (which does apply to dogs in many parts of the world) and the fact that there aren't that many whales (as opposed to dogs). Ethics It's seen as immoral. ...
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What international laws might prohibit Brazil from cutting down the Amazon or using it as a natural resource of Brazil?

what international laws bar or place limits on how Brazil can use the Amazon keeping in mind the Brazilian government has jurisdiction over Brazilian land. There are no such international laws. A ...
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What is the fundamental difference between whaling and hunting other animals?

There is an ethical argument that hasn't been mentioned yet. Many people find whale hunting unethical (see JJJs excellent answer), despite supporting deer hunting and chicken farming, because we think ...
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Why is there so much focus on producing less CO₂ rather than investing in technology to recycle it?

Both of your examples use solar energy to convert carbon dioxide into fuel. They are cutting edge, meaning that they haven't yet been engineered into usable systems that people could buy. The proof ...
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Why does the Green New Deal push for green energy but not for nuclear energy?

According to Holman Jenkins in 2016, the answer is murky, not least because environmentalists are not unified against nuclear: Honest greens have always said nuclear power is indispensable for ...
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What is the fundamental difference between whaling and hunting other animals?

One undiscussed reason that Japanese whaling is so specifically opposed by certain nations (specifically New Zealand & Australia) is that much of the Japanese whaling happens in the Southern Ocean,...
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Why does the Green New Deal push for green energy but not for nuclear energy?

The whole point of these "New X Deal"s is to unite the party proposing it, pick up some outside support, and put the other party in a weak position if they oppose it. If there's some kind of seam in ...
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Is the U.S. military bound by the same environmental laws as the country being occupied?

No. The U.S. military claims sovereign immunity and also has express exemptions from many (but not all) U.S. environmental laws. The local courts have no practical authority over the U.S. military ...
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What international laws might prohibit Brazil from cutting down the Amazon or using it as a natural resource of Brazil?

International laws don't prevent anything unless you're interested in having a war to back them up.
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Why is there so much focus on producing less CO₂ rather than investing in technology to recycle it?

tl;dr- Recycling CO2 at the scale that we're producing it's pretty expensive. Sure, we can technically do it, but it'd have to be cheaper than just switching to clean technologies to be worthwhile. ...
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What is the fundamental difference between whaling and hunting other animals?

I would disagree with your initial statement "Many cultural cuisines like rabbits, cows, trout, pigs, chicken, reindeer or walruses are consumed without international criticism", at least in spirit. ...
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What is the fundamental difference between whaling and hunting other animals?

There is no reliably humane way to kill whales according to the New Zealand government. The article starts with the statement: "Experience has shown that it is very difficult to kill a whale at sea ...
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How would a libertarian model address widely spread negative externalities (such as CFCs)?

If someone was concerned about this impact (and no generous billionaires step up to fix it out of the goodness of their hearts) they'd first need to be able to quantify and qualify said impact in a ...
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Why does the Green New Deal push for green energy but not for nuclear energy?

It depends on what you consider good and bad. If your only concern is greenshouse-gas emissions, then nuclear is indeed good. Yet, nuclear energy brings along problems of its own, e.g. nuclear waste, ...
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What is the rationale of shooting toxic shells in an area that was meant to be liberated?

Depleted uranium is used in shells for its other useful physical properties in this context (such as high density). Toxicity after this use is a side effect, not the purpose. If Ukrainian forces use ...
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What are repercussions for the US if they fail to meet the target set out in the Paris agreement?

The simple answer is nothing. These climate accords aren't worth the paper they're printed on. A lot of that has to do with the fact that people wanted something on paper, even if it was meaningless (...
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Why is there so much focus on producing less CO₂ rather than investing in technology to recycle it?

It's easier (and more energy efficient) to produce less CO2 than to make it and then try to capture it and break it apart. Rather than use solar energy to break CO2 apart, you could use that same ...
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Why aren't we seeing carbon taxes in practice?

This from an unpublished/draft paper, but I'm quoting it anyway because it seems to be one of the few actual surveys on why [some] voters actually oppose such a measure, in France at least: their ...
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Is the U.S. military bound by the same environmental laws as the country being occupied?

Military occupiers aren't bound by the rules of the nation they're occupying. So, let's look at the realpolitik of the situation of military occupations, for a moment. If someone sends an army into ...
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What international laws might prohibit Brazil from cutting down the Amazon or using it as a natural resource of Brazil?

There is an 1978 Amazon Cooperation Treaty but its wording on the matter is so vague and aspirational that it could hardly constitute any kind of firm commitment to concrete objectives: “achieve also ...
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Why is there so much focus on producing less CO₂ rather than investing in technology to recycle it?

The production of carbon is a negative externality. It's a cost of production that is spread very thin (to the entire world essentially), instead of being paid for by the producer of the carbon ...
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Why does the Green New Deal push for green energy but not for nuclear energy?

The environmental movement was initially opposed to nuclear power, partially due to it being tied to nuclear war (Chernobyl was a weapons grade Plutonium reactor), and partially due to the risks ...
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Can imports be banned according to method of production?

In general, a sovereign state can regulate what is or isn't allowed within its borders in any way it wants - that is a part of the whole "sovereignty" thing. But international agreements and ...
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"No regrets" policy regarding the environment. What does it mean?

Graham Loomes and Robert Sugden introduced Regret (decision) theory in the theoretical economics field in 1982. The no regrets policy is an approach to management that involves erring on the side ...
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What is the rationale of shooting toxic shells in an area that was meant to be liberated?

DU ammunition is used for 2 reasons, neither of which have to do with nuclear/radiation based weaponry effects. These make it into a top-performance solution for anti-armor applications. Albeit one ...
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Why is the European Commission promoting meat consumption?

The EU has an extensive farming support framework called the CAP. It subsidizes lots of things, healthy or not. First, to your claim. Moderate meat consumption is not necessarily all that bad for ...
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