11 February 2016
Argumentative Dialogue: Minor Writing Project #1
The starting of this scene begins with an older couple, Justin (45) and Emily (44) engaging in conversation in their lovely home in California. It’s an ordinary Saturday morning in the Anderson household and their oldest daughter Hannah (19) is sitting at the table enjoying breakfast with thick stack of fresh chocolate chips pancakes, drenched in maple syrup and a nice glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with her family. She has recently returned home from College where she attends University of California, Santa Barbra. Justin works in environmental law while Hannah is in Marketing. Both are from upper Manhattan and settled in California in the months following getting married. The atmosphere is joyful and light hearted, and laughter and conversation flows throughout.
Justin: Hey, I heard at work about the Supreme Court blocking Obama’s global climate change rules. Did you hear about this?
Emily: I recently heard of it. What’s it all about?
Justin: (Justin explains as the scrolls through the news) The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s rules on limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The justices in the Supreme Court has basically now blocked the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan from going forward, and the rule is challenged in court following lawsuits from 29 states and the energy industry; arguing Obama’s EPA regulations were that of “an unprecedented power grab.”
Emily: That’s too bad, something must be done to stop global warming from continuing at such an astronomical rate.
Hannah: Ugh I’m so glad their banning that plan! We’re learning about...
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... of the industrial revolution in the 1800 there were somewhere around 280 parts per million (ppm) of Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, today the concentrations exceed 400 ppm. And interestingly may people don’t know one of the biggest factors of global warming is in the form of a gas called methane, which produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all exhaust of the transportation sector combined. Its upwards as 80 times or more destructive that carbon dioxide from vehicles. And responsible for about 51% of human caused climate change. Lifestock operation has also created more than 500 nitrogen-so called dead zones in our oceans, that are in near collapse from over fishing.
Hannah:… (there’s really no response)
Justin: Have we influenced you yet?
Hannah: I’m afraid you have.
Justin and Emily glance at one another
Justin: So we win again!
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