Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Global warming is the term given to the increased climatic temperature due to anthropogenic influence on the increase of greenhouse gases. The effects of global warming on humans, wildlife, and the earth's atmosphere can be detrimental if ignored. These effects include elevated sea levels due to the melting of arctic ice, increased sea water temperature, wildlife extinction, higher exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, and increase in severe weather patterns, including hurricanes. Needless to say, if we do not take imminent action, it could be too late and the earth could reach the peak of its tolerance.

Although global warming has been an ever- pressing issue for decades, Americans do not seem to be taking actions to slow the heating process. As can be seen in statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the amount of fuel consumed and the average miles traveled per vehicle have increased dramatically since 1960. Furthermore, the National Institute of Space Surveys informs us that deforestation has been on the rise, particularly in the Amazon region. Although there are many causes of global warming, car exhaust emission and deforestation are two factors that especially highlight the apathy of this suffering earth's inhabitants.

These facts act as evidence to support my argument that since voluntary action is insufficient, the American government should take the initiative to deter the detrimental effects of global warming by passing more legislature that promotes the well- being of the environment. Although several options are currently being considered, it seems that under current executive circumstances, a monumentally effective decision cannot be made. The Kyoto Protocol, for example, was an idea presented by the United Nations to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by member nations; however, the United States decided to withdraw. Examples of reasonable proposals that have not been agreed upon are the McCain- Lieberman Act, the Kerry- Snowe Global Warming Reduction Act, and the Bingamin- Specter drafts. In this blog, I will discuss these innovative proposals, and then use insight and unbiased perspectives to either support or refute them. Please join me in compelling, intriguing discussion and argument over the legislation targeted at the deterrence of global warming.


Anonymous said...

The thing that worries me, a working mother, is the idea that the government will get so involved to the point of costing the taxpayers more to live in this warming climate. We need to give the farmers a break so they can afford to grow crops without the fear of more costly restrictions, and we hard working people can drive to work without spending more and more just to get there. We ALL have to drive to work.

hearth35 said...

You are correct in realizing that we, the American citizens, are those who pay the price of global warming precautions. Inflation of gas prices and fresh produce have a strong, positive correlation with rising climatic temperatures. The truth is, we must decide which is more important, high cost of living or risk of destroying our earth.