CO2 is NOT Pollution

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As we have come to a better understanding of our global climate, most scientists agree that human actions have had a warming effect on the global climate (IPCC, 2010). This idea of anthropogenic global climate change is the general consensus in the scientific community according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These views were increasingly challenged, mostly by non-scientists, in late 2009 when servers owned by the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) were hacked. Emails between climate scientists and other documents relating to climate research were taken illegally and leaked online. This event re-energized the climate change debate and created a public relations nightmare for both the CRU and anthropogenic climate change proponents. Dubbed "Climategate" by climate change opponents in reference to Watergate, this leak has significantly altered the debate about climate change without adding any additional meteorological data. Therefore, the statements and data contained within the emails and documents are not responsible for the shift in the debate. Instead, the application of ethos, logos, pathos, and kairos, the main components of rhetoric, has changed the debate and boosted the credibility of climate change opponents in the eyes of public. In general, this is not a debate between scientists. In fact, no nationally or internationally recognized scientific organization openly refutes the claim of anthropogenic climate change (DiMento, & Doughman, 2007). Neither the climate scientists nor opponents are targeting one another as the audience for their arguments. Instead, both sides have chosen the general public as an audience for their arguments. As with many situations like this, the scientists will naturally ... ... middle of paper ... ...ikely necessary. Regardless of the future outcome of the climate change debate, the importance of rhetoric will not be up for debate. The opponents of anthropogenic climate change have demonstrated, with little uncertainty, that rhetoric as opposed to cold, hard science can alter the views of the public. Works Cited Climategate: Anthropogenic Global Warming, history's biggest scam. (January 28, 2010). Retrieved from http://www.climategate.com. Credible, Juston. I Love CO2: Top 15 Climate Myths. Retrieved from http://www.iloveco2.org/2009/01/top-15-climate-myths.html. DiMento, Joseph F. C.; Doughman, Pamela M. (2007). Climate Change: What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren. The MIT Press. p. 68-71. IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. (January 28, 2010). Retrieved from http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg1/en/spmsspm-human-and.html
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