The Greatest Critical-Thinking Challenges Are Often Presented By Patients With
People interested in political and social change see it as challenging and providing alternatives to the generally accepted beliefs and values of the power structure.
Brookfield presents several, with this one being perhaps the simplest.
What party does this politician belong to, and what's that party's position on pollution regulation?
What state is he from -- one with a lot of industry that contributes to acid rain and other pollution? Is he receiving contributions from major polluters? ) Does he have any knowledge or expertise in this area at all?
What does pollution look like now, as compared to before the government regulated it?
For that matter, when did government regulation start? Perhaps even more important, who will benefit if these ideas are accepted? What will the result be if things are changed in the direction this politician suggests? If you ask the kinds of questions suggested here when you see new information, or consider a situation or a problem or an issue, you're using critical thinking.