Resources and Scarcity

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Faced with dwindling resources, Congress fiercely debated whether to preserve 100 million acres of Alaskan land as a national park or open the land for mineral exploration. The need to provide both guns and butter during World War II led to an unprecedented period of economic growth. In the 1970s, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered U.S. textile industries to put workers’ health ahead of a company’s ability to compete with rising foreign markets. These stories illustrate the difficult economic choices a society must make in the face of limited resources.

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