Below are my database websites. They deal with both free trade and and global oil. Some of the ones on oil may be useful for the position paper.
This website discusses both NAFTA and the current FTAA negotiations and is supported by the International Trade Administration. Office of NAFTA and Inter-American Affairs is a very good website to find links for further research on either NAFTA or the FTAA. The website was created to compare both NAFTA and the FTAA. The site contains text of the NAFTA agreement, however, some of this information can be confusing and very complex. There are many different links within the site. You can find news on the negotiations of the FTAA or can learn about the Office of NAFTA and Inter-American Affairs by searching through the different links. The seems very relevant as many of its link take you to the International Trade Association website. It is very easy to use and contains clear links that allow surfing the site to be an easy process. I would recommend this site to anyone who needs specific speeches and reports written by trade associates and representatives like Mr. Zoellick. Also, if you need additional resources on free trade, this website has a link that directs you to additional sources.
This “Global Sources of Oil” website is a reliable and relevant site that gives information about the amount of oil produced throughout the world, and breaks down how much oil is produced in different regions of the world. This site is very good to use if you needs specific percentages or facts about a particular area of the world. For example, Southeast Asia, including Indonesia and Malaysia produce about 5% of the world’s oil. Also, Latin America has had serious environmental problems as a result of their oil production because waterways have been contaminated by oil spills. Venezuela, alone, provides the United States with 13% of our total oil imports. The site also contains maps and charts that allow you to see where oil reserves are throughout the world. If you click on one of the many links on the side of the page, there is one called “Oil Connections”. This link discusses the U.S.’s interest in oil in Iraq, and why some people consider our war with Iraq to be a war over oil. This site was produced by the University of Wisconsin, however, it provides reliable information on oil throughout the world. I would recommend that everyone at least takes a look at the maps and graphs on this site.
This website provides information on both the FTAA and NAFTA. It talks about what the FTAA and NAFTA are, and gives articles that support and oppose NAFTA and the FTAA. There are many links to information on the WTO and CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) as well. This website seems reliable, however it is posted by a Presbyterian Church that is against NAFTA and other free trade agreements. Therefore, while some of the facts presented are concurrent with that on a government website, it is important to make note that this website may be somewhat biased. The Church, in its homepage, states its position on the FTAA and NAFTA and I would advise anyone visiting this site to read their argument first before searching the site. If you need information opposing free trade, the Church would be a good example of an organization against it. The Presbyterian Church (USA) does not appear to be a radical group, however, some information may be biased. Still, I would recommend viewing this site just to see an opposing view of free trade, regardless of whether you use factual information from the site.
This site also discusses free trade, focusing on NAFTA and the FTAA. This website is posted by the John F. Henning Center for International Labor Relations. Although the center is a reliable and legitimate source, it has a biased view towards NAFTA and FTAA. The center, as well as many other labor organizations and unions, feel that job loss, as a result of these free trade agreements, is too high. Therefore, when reading this site, you must be careful because the information will lead you to believe that free trade is dangerous and/or worthless for our economy. Also, there are other links on the site, however, they deal more with different labor projects, than with the FTAA. If you click the link above, you will be directed to a page that focuses on free trade. The other areas of the site, however, may not be useful in finding views and opinions on free trade. If you were to look at other areas of the site, however, navigation is easy and the links on the site are not complicated to find.
This website is an Australian government based website that talks about Australia’s energy plans for the future. The site is very big, and is a branch off of the Australian government website. Therefore, it can get a little confusing when browsing through the site. When you click on the link above, you will be brought to a table of contents page. There are many different links to choose from, but a few good ones are Australia’s Energy Sector, Solar Cities – A Vision of the Future, and Energy Efficiency. These links go into great depth about Australia’s plan for energy efficiency. Ideally, Australia would like to see a drastic change to solar technologies as a means of energy in the near future. This site is very good if you need information on how countries are trying to reduce their oil consumption and begin to introduce new alternative fuels. The site seems very reliable, as it is a government website, and the information is very reputable. It does, however, go into a lot of depth and can get very confusing to understand. Regardless, I would definitely recommend looking at the site if you need information on alternative fuels and energies.