Understanding the Narrative of Fracking

Mitchell Energy pioneered the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract natural gas from shale in the 1980’s and 1990’s (Layzer, 2016). Since then, fracking has received much controversy, even receiving a ban in New York in… Read More

Jack Owens

About Jack Owens

I am a member of the class of 2018 at Davidson College, majoring in educational studies and public policy. I am from just outside of Baltimore city in a small town called Hereford. I am very interested in environmental education and the relationship between schooling, communities, and environmental politics. Aside from political science I also have many interests in music and spend most of my free time writing and playing with various bands at Davidson College.

A Response to the Politics of the ANWR

A stakeholder analysis of the debate over oil extraction in the Arctic national wildlife refuge reveals most stakeholders reside in one of two main camps of ideology and political motivation found in many cases concerning the environment and natural resources: environmentalists vs pro-development advocates…

Chase Conrad

About Chase Conrad

Hey! Thanks for checking out my profile. I am a sophomore political science major here at Davidson, but my studies here are much broader. Besides being an outdoor nut, I was motivated in this course by my curiosity in the ways identities, politics and environments intersect and inform each other. Cheers!

Clashing Values and Sprawling Population in Portland

This case, as with every case we have studied so far this year, is fundamentally a clash of contradicting values. For three decades a set of values based…

Grant Koehl

About Grant Koehl

I am a current freshman at Davidson College pursuing a degree in Political Science. I was born in Washington D.C., but was raised in Boise, ID. I am especially interested in American politics. I see environmental issues as some of the most important domestic issues today.

Cape Wind: A Narrative Analysis

A vision of peaceful spinning windmills out on the horizon, the silent beauty among the crashing of the waves. Ugly mechanical bird killing machines ruining the view. There are many strong opinions about the issues of wind energy. When looking at the Cape Wind…

Leah Hubert

About Leah Hubert

I'm Leah! I went to Wootton High School, Class of 2014. I'm a political science major and anthropology minor at Davidson College. I'm a proud member of the Davidson College Swimming and Diving women's team.

Case Response: ANWR

The case of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was a particularly contested issue with two fundamentally differing sides: those who advocated for the importance of resource extraction (particularly oil), and those who valued preservation over economic gain. In examining the power, attitude, proximity and interest (PAPI model) of the stakeholders, this case exemplifies the concept […]

Allie Hale

About Allie Hale

I am a member of the Davidson College class of 2017 from Boston, MA. As a Political Science major with a passion for sustainability and environmental justice, I am interested in environmental policy. In my free time I enjoy photography and running.

Cape Wind Response Paper

The case that I am responding to in this paper revolves around the nearly 15 year dispute over an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound called “Cape Wind.”[1]  The dispute is unique because its politics are not particularly partisan. Rather than being established around…

Ramsay Ritchie

About Ramsay Ritchie

I am a Davidson College Political Science major and Chinese Minor from San Francisco, CA. My interests at Davidson and beyond center on the positive change that institutions have the power to make through effective political process.

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Joe St. James Lopez

About Joe St. James Lopez

My name is Joe St. James, and I am a political science major with a particular interest in environmental policy and diverse issues of sustainable development. I am taking Dr. Bullock's Environmental Politics class so that I can further learn about these issues, as well as the roles that energy efficiency and renewable energy issues have had on politics.

Case Response Paper – Fracking Wars

Bullock April 21, 2016 Case Response Paper: Fracking Wars Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a well-stimulation technique that extracts natural gas from deeprock formations (Gandossi 2013). Fracking is practiced in the US and other countries. Fracking has provided… Read More

About Lawrence King

My name is Lawrence King. I'm from Brooklyn, NY. I'm a Film and Media Studies major and communications minor. I'm currently a Freshman at Davidson College. I have a passion for film, music and learning.

Portland’s Policy Process Counteracts Urban Sprawl

In the early 1970s, Oregon was one of the first states to institute a state-level growth management plan (Layzer 501). In response to this legislation, and facing local fears of unchecked urban sprawl, Portland enacted its own growth management plan. From the plan’s conception, the city proactively educated and engaged its citizens—a reflection of the […]

Livesey Pack

About Livesey Pack

Livesey is a member of the Class of 2017 at Davidson College. She is majoring in Political Science, with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. She is particularly interested in urban sustainability, and in how built environments interact and co-exist with natural environments.

The Influence and Power of Environmentalists in Marine Trade Cases

Environmentalists worked within the policy process model to promote environmental protection in two marine trade cases of the late twentieth century. To address dolphin mortality within the tuna industry, environmentalists used scientific publications concerning direct dolphin mortality during tuna fishing … Continued

Sara Naghavi

About Sara Naghavi

I am a junior at Davidson College from Long Island, NY. I am studying Biology and Environmental Studies, and am passionate about photography and marine conservation.