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The Principle of Utility states that an action is right as it tends to promote happiness and wrong as it tends to produce the reverse of happiness The principle of utility can be used in several different situations to decide if an action is morally right or morally wrong In this case a man named John is faced with the decision of whether or not to install anti-pollution devices called scrubbers in a new factory that is being built in Southeast Asia The scrubbers will cost Johns company time and money to install but would promote the general happiness of the surrounding communities There are many factors about this case that are given but many that are not John is torn in his decision because on one hand he knows that if the factory is a success and built with the least amount of time and money possible his superiors will be thrilled and John will be in the running for a promotion from Vice President of the company to CEO The factory would have a better chance of success if the scrubbers were not installed because of money saved by not installing them The money saved would help to secure the competitive edge against the domestic producers and that would mean more money for Johns superiors and for the new CEO Mr John himself The company would suffer a large financial burden if the scrubbers were installed because they are very expensive not only to install but to maintain as well John must also consider the Director of the new facility Alex If Senior Management is not happy about the production of the new factory it is possible that Alex will lose his job not John Not only would Alex lose his job is the factory is not successful there would be several layoffs for the other factory employees On the other hand John knows that the emissions could be harmful to
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