Is Global Warming a Conspiracy?
Global warming is the rise in the average temperature
of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans since the late 19th century and its projected continuation. Since the early 20th century, Earth’s mean surface temperature has increased by about 0.8 °C, with about two thirds of the increase occurring since 1980. Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and scientists are more than 90% certain that it is primarily caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. These findings are recognized by the national science academies of all major industrialized nations. However, a minority of scientists still skeptical of the notion that mankind is significantly influencing the climate of the earth, and consequently, they argue against taking certain measures to avert this so called global warming. In the article The Goal Is Power: The Global Warming Conspiracy by Charles Kadlec from Forbes, Kadlec considers the global warming as a conspiracy, just as these minority scientists did. Meanwhile, another article Report: Human Activity Fuels Global Warming by Anne Trafton from MIT news seems to agree with the mainstream. The author believes that human activities should take most responsible for global warming and certain measures must be taken in order to cease the global warming and to adapt to the effects of climate change. Ultimately, I believe the MIT news article is more persuasive than the Forbes article. The consequences of this result are that readers of the MIT news article will be convinced, but the Forbes article readers will not. Some people may say that the Forbes article is somehow persuasive because it provides a couple of evidences and it appeals to emotion, which can affect its audiences powerfully. However, the evidences provided by the Forbes article is not concrete and efficient enough, and the data and evidence provided by the scholar is ultimately much more powerful than emotion. If the audiences are convinced by the Forbes article, they may not be aware of the environmental problems causes by human activities. But if the audiences are convinced by the MIT news article, they may be aware of there activities such as riding bikes instead of driving cars, and take good care of the environment. One of the two articles is The Goal is Power: The Global Warming Conspiracy. The author is Charles Kadlec, who is the Founder of Community of Liberty, a chapter based organization committed to pursuing the art of living in liberty; a member of the Publication Committee of the Claremont Review of Books, an Advisor to TheGold StandardNow.org; and a juror for the Bastiat Prize for Journalism. He is a Forbes contributor, and he constantly posts his article on Forbes. And what he is trying to inform through this article is obvious. Just reading the title of the article, the audience can feel his steady standpoint of the whole global warming issue. He believes that the entire man-made global warming is a scandal. I assume he acknowledge this fraud after he finished reading Watermelon, The Green Movement’s True Colors by British journalist/blogger James Delingpore. In the first paragraph, Kadlec implies that he writes the article based on Delingpore’s works. And here is Kadlec’s situation: he wants his audience to recognize this fraud as well. And his audiences, although he does not mention explicitly in the article, I believe, are his constant readers and people who are concerned about global warming issue. Kadlec begins the article by showing Delingpore’s work. By introducing Delingpore as one of the “leading journalists who reported the Climategate scandal” (Kadlec Pg.1), Kadlec earns his ethos to his audience. Then, Kadlec makes his claim, corresponding to the tile. He writes, “Global Warming is not about science, but about politics — that is, about expanding the power of elites...
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Kadlec, C. "The Goal Is Power: The Global Warming Conspiracy.". N.p.. Web. 30 Apr 2013. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/charleskadlec/2011/07/25/the-goal-is-power-the-global-warming-conspiracy/>.
Trafton, A. "Report: Human Activity Fuels Global Warming." n.d., n. pag. Print. <http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/climate.html>.
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