November 22, 2010
Global Warming Controversy
Global warming is an increase in the average temperature of the earth’s atmosphere which causes climatic changes. Global warming leads to changes in rainfall patterns, sea level, negative impacts on plants, wildlife, and humans. Al Gore and Daniel Botkin both have great points about global warming. Botkin has a scientific perspective about global warming; however, Gore’s position is better. Al Gore uses facts and evidence to support his views about global warming. He also uses Winston Churchill and different challenges from the past that people solved to argue his point.
Al Gore was vice president for two terms under Bill Clinton and is from Nashville Tennessee. Gore was a military journalist and a reporter for Nashville’s The Tennessean. He shows that global warming is bad, and people need to react now. In his article, “The Time to Act is Now,” he made many great points how global warming affects humans.
Gore refers to global warming as “a planetary emergency that now threatens human civilization on multiple fronts” (617). In this quote, he is saying how global warming can be hazardous to the lives of everyone in many ways. Al Gore is also saying global warming is happening now, and everyone needs to be alert to react. Further, Gore explains how his heart was so heavy for the people who lost something due to the hurricanes, and explains that was only a beginning.
Bad things happen to the earth’s environment because of global warming. For example, Hurricane Katrina was a strong category five storm that was above average because of global warming. Gore mentions how textbooks were changed and how, in the United States, cities have broken all-time records for catastrophic weather conditions. Now is the time to act to prevent global warming before it destroys more people’s lives. Textbooks had to be rewritten when the first hurricane hit Brazil. Gore stated...