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BecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseAmazon is goodfor the US1.3Should yousupportAmazon?You decide!1.1DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:1. The "CON" side map gives evidence that Amazon's labor practicesare harmful. Does this evidence convince you to stop using Amazon'sproducts and services? Why or why not?2. The "PRO" side claims that Amazon is good for the US economy,while the "CON" side claims that it is harmful to the economy. Theeconomy is very complicated, so which side do you find moreconvincing, and why?3. Does Amazon investing in renewable energy make up for the fossilfuels it burns to support its massive global operations?Amazon is bad forthe US1.2Amazon has harmfullabor practices thatpotentially exploit itsworkers2.1Amazon eliminatedbonuses and stockgrants for theirwarehouse workers3.1Amazon engages inunion-breaking3.2Amazon posts athreatening posteragainst unions inwarehouses4.1Amazon reportedlyhired Pinkertonagents to spy onunion activity4.2Many of Amazon'sthird party deliverydrivers felt pressuredby Amazon to speed,go past stop signs,and urinate in bottles3.3Despite being one ofthe largest companiesin the world, Amazondidn't even make thelist of the top 100Corporate Citizens3.4Amazon is bad for theenvironment2.2In 2018, Amazonemitted 44.4 millionmetric tons of CO2equivalents into theatmosphere3.5Amazon Web Servicesmarkets itselfspecifically to the oiland gas industry3.6Amazon sponsored agala for theCompetitiveEnterprise Institute, afree-marketWashington thinktank that promotesclimate change denial3.7Amazon has createdethically questionabletechnology2.3Amazon sellsarguablydiscriminatory facerecognition softwareto law enforcementagencies3.8Amazon is bad for theeconomy2.4Amazon crushessmall businesses3.9Amazon has beenaccused of takingpopular products andmaking its ownprivate label brands,pricing them cheaperand advertising nextto competitors4.3America has lost over100,000 local,independent retailbusinesses, a drop of40% from 2000 to2015, largely due toAmazon4.4Amazon doesn't payenough in taxes3.10Amazon had aneffective federal taxrate of 0 even thoughit generated $11billion in revenue4.5Amazon evenreceived a $129million tax rebatefrom the federalgovernment, mostlythanks to theRepublican taxoverhaul of 20174.6Amazon acts like amonopoly3.11There are more than118 million Primesubscribers in the US,compared to 129million totalhouseholds4.7Monopolies likeAmazon are bad3.12Monopolies are un-American4.8The first anti-monopoly statuteswere passed in thecolony ofMassachusetts in16415.1Congress has passedmany federalantitrust laws5.2Amazon allowscounterfeit andunsafe products onits marketplace4.9These counterfeitsdestroy the incentivefor other businessesto innovate4.10BACKGROUND:Over the past thirty years, Amazon has grown from a small booksellerto a global behemoth valued at over one *trillion* dollars. For manyconsumers, Amazon provides a number of invaluable services, fromincredibly fast deliveries to a massive library of on-demand streamingcontent. Nevertheless, Amazon's historic rise has also raised manyethical concerns, such as how the company treats its employees and theenvironment. In the end, is Amazon good for the US? Or is it harmful?1.4Amazon is good forconsumers2.5Amazon consistentlyoffers incredibly fastand convenientdelivery3.13Amazon has helpedpeople get what theyneed during thepandemic3.14Amazon isphilanthropic2.6Amazon has beendonating to homelesscharities (over $100million)3.15Amazon has helpedits customers donateover $130 millionthroughAmazonSmile3.16Amazon is investingin renewable energy2.7Amazon is openingwind farms aroundthe world3.17AWS, Amazon's cloudcomputing business,got half of its energyneeds fromrenewable energy3.18Amazon installedsolar systems on 50of its warehouses3.19Amazon is good forthe economy2.8Amazon createsmillions of jobs3.20By the end of 2020,Amazon employedover one millionemployees worldwide4.11Amazon engages anumber of third-partycontractors andcompanies for taskslike deliveries4.12Over 900,000 jobswere created outsideof Amazon as a resultof AmazonMarketplace4.13Amazon promised tohire 25,000 militaryveterans and spousesby 20214.14Amazon'sinfrastructure helpssmall businesses3.21More than 20,000small and medium-sized businessesworldwide onAmazon surpassed $1million in sales in20174.15Amazon sold $160billion of productsfrom third parties in20184.16There were morethan 1,000 self-publishing authors onAmazon who earnedmore than $100,0004.17The internetpractically runs onAmazon WorldServices, whichsupports almost onethird of the globalcloud computingmarket3.22

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