Global Warming 1 Global Warming Global Warming: The Truth Chris Muller Sparta High School Global Warming 2 The majority of Americans believe that global warming is a big problem in today’s society due to the media and over exaggerations of our politicians. They should know the truth not what the media leads them to believe is true. This paper will show some of the falsehoods of the Global Warming controversy. Also why the public shouldn’t believe everything they hear especially from the politicians and other people who have no right to make the claims they do based on their education. This paper pinpoints the false facts of the media in order to support the thesis. What does the general public know about Global Warming? The answer is: whatever the media and politicians want them to. The people of America only know as much as the media tells them, and they want us to think Global Warming is an immediate and very serious problem. In reality a lot of what is being portrayed is not true. The issue of Global Warming has been blown way out of proportion. Many of the claims made by the people who believe in Global Warming are exaggerated and many time false. Therefore the media should stop bombarding society with lies. One of the things the media tells the public is that the global temperature has gone up and if something isn’t done there will be many repercussions. The scientists attribute this temperature rise to the rising levels of carbon dioxide. What they don’t tell people is that the carbon dioxide has nothing to do with the rise in temperature. “Yes, global average temperature has increased 0.8 degrees F in the same century. Unfortunately, the temperature increase came first: most Global Warming 3 of the temperature increase was before 1940, and most of the new carbon dioxide was added after 1960” (Johnston, 2001). The so called scientists who spend all this money on researching temperature changes and their causes conveniently left out that the temperature didn’t go up while America and the rest of the world gave off record levels of carbon dioxide, but actually happened well before that. “There are other problems, as well. Solar activity may be the cause of the world temperature changes. The global warmers can't explain why satellites show no temperature change in the past 20 years” (Johnston, 2001). The scientists come up with all these arguments and facts, but they are backed up by false data. There is no data suggesting that the change in temperature comes from space, yet this lie will be still be told again and again. A big part of global warming is the “greenhouse effect”. This says that all the gases in the atmosphere act as a blanket and heat up the earth. Once again this is attributed to carbon dioxide, which in reality has no affect in the “greenhouse effect”. The real culprit for blanketing the earth is the water vapor and clouds in the sky. There is nothing that can be done to stop clouds from forming it has been happening since the beginning of the earth and probably wont stop until the end. So once again the scientists are wrong about mankind’s involvement in heating the earth, but they will continue to convince simple- minded people that they are right ("The Real 'Inconvenient Truth'", 2007) What about all these scientists that say Global Warming is happening? Well the truth is that there isn’t a big debate in the scientific community. The public is told that there are only a few scientists that doubt that Global warming is happening, but in reality this is Global Warming 4 made up by the media to keep the topic alive. The reality of the press is that happiness doesn’t sell, and they are a business out to make money. No one would buy a newspaper that just said the world is good today and everyone is happy. People aren’t interested in that they want to know the bad things like when the world is going to end. So if there aren’t a lot of scientists saying that its true then why does the media keep using this as a fact? It all comes back to a central answer, which is money and power. If the press can get a person hooked on a controversial topic they will milk it as long as they can to keep selling papers. That is exactly what is going on the people are being fed lie after lie by the media (Bliese, 2001). Al Gore is a big promoter of Global Warming. He came out with his video “An Inconvenient Truth” in which he told about how the earth is being affected. But does Gore really mean well with this or is he just after more power? It appears that Gore is after more power; because of the way he lives. Some of the things he does are just a little hypocritical. Starting with flying all over the country in his private jet, which probably doesn’t cause that much pollution right? After he lands he gets into his big SUV, another big producer of pollution, and goes to a rally to speak against everything he just did. As most people believe actions speak louder than words, so it seems that this topic is not as important to Gore as one might think. Al Gore also seemed to fudge his figures a little bit. According to Gore the temperature rose in the late 1900’s because of all the cars and pollution, but really the temperature rose before that around the 1940’s. So it seems that Gore changed around some dates to make his argument seem more convincing and fit his points (Gilder). Global Warming 5 Gore also pointed out how with the climate warming up insects would have more land to inhabit. With the spread of insects also comes the spread of disease, according to Gore. In his video he listed fifteen diseases that would become more widespread. “To illustrate this he listed fifteen new or recently resurgent diseases: Ebola, Arena virus, Hanta virus, SARS, multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB), E. coli 0157:H7, Lyme disease, legionnaire's disease, Vibrio Cholerae 0139, Nipah virus, malaria, dengue fever, leptospirosis, West Nile virus, and Avian flu” (Gilder). What Gore forgot to research it seems is how these diseases are spread. Only four out the fifteen previously listed are spread through insects. And to analyze it even further Lyme’s, which is primarily spread through ticks, wouldn’t spread easier with a warmer climate. The disease originated in Connecticut, which has cold winter so ticks don’t need warm weather to survive. So here is another example of facts being exaggerated to try to make more people believe their side of the argument (Gilder). Another thing many people don’t know is that a lot of the articles they read are written by journalists. They are not scientists and they don’t have advanced degrees on the topic. So why do people believe all of this? “A true scientist has nothing to lose. A director of a special interest group seeking funds --and your donations-- could however lose his job if he did not reflect the group's mission in his statements” (Miller, 2007). The big companies have to go with the flow of the crowd in order to stay in business. It is the same way with politics. Someone running for office has to be careful what they say because they can lose voters. So what they will do is twist words and make it sound like they are on both sides of a topic. They would rather play it safe than give their real opinion on a topic, which is the same thing the media is doing with global warming. Global Warming 6 There are all the people who know what they are saying is wrong and yet they will continue to say it for fear of losing their jobs. The meteorologists at many of the news stations know the truth or with only a little research could find out. They aren’t paid to do that though and therefore have no reason to doubt and risk their job. So why is it that so many Americans believe that Global warming is such a problem when there is so much evidence against it? The claims are false or exaggerated. They say that carbon dioxide levels rose which is true, but they do not affect the atmosphere anywhere close to what the media tells the public. Also they say that the higher levels of carbon dioxide caused the .8 degree F rise in temperature, around the 1970’s. In reality the change came before the 1940’s, which is before all the cars and airplanes. The “greenhouse effect” is also said to be caused by carbon dioxide. This is not true because this gas doesn’t trap heat like the scientists say what really traps heat are clouds and water vapor. The media also makes things up to keep the controversy alive, they say that most scientists believe global warming is happening, but that is not true. Al Gore a big promoter of the theory of Global Warming doesn’t abide by his own ideas. People will say that even though he doesn’t practice his ideas he is still doing good in the world by spreading the word. This isn’t true though a lot of the things he says are not true. One thing is how the warmer climate would spread a number of diseases that he listed. Most of them are not spread through insects as he said and even the ones that are won’t all be affected by a warmer climate. Finally a lot of supporters and speakers for the Global Warming cause have no authority to speak on the topic. So should the media rethink their stories and maybe tell the truth for once? Global Warming 7 References Gilder, Mary. "Diagnosing Al Gore: Truth in the Balance." Man Made Global Warming Debunking News and Views. 1 Dec. 2007 <http://www.sitewave.net/news/>. Johnston, William. "Facts Disprove Warnings About Global Warming." Man Made Global Warming Debunking News and Views. 4 Apr. 2001. 1 Dec. 2007 <http://www.sitewave.net/news/s49p1354.htm>. "The Real 'Inconvenient Truth'" Junk Science. Aug. 2007. 1 Dec. 2007 <http://www.junkscience.com/Greenhouse/>. Bliese, John. "Facts and Myths About Global Warming:." Republicans for Environmental Protection. Summer 2001. 1 Dec. 2007 <http://www.rep.org/news/GEvol5/ge5.1_globalwarming.html>. Miller, Jeffrey. "Be Cool, Say Global Warming is False." Mar. 2007. 2 Dec. 2007 <http://www.thinkandask.com/2006/032307-cool.html>.
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