***Article Critique Example***
The article for critique gives an in-depth discussion of the current Bush
administration and the issues surrounding global warming. Essentially, the article accuses
current President Bush and the White House of covering up six years of deceit regarding
the global warming issue. Paramount in the article discussion is the author’s view
regarding various falsehoods stated by the Bush administration. These include failure to
deliver the following promises: capping of carbon emissions, saving jobs, curbing
greenhouse gases, making pollution cuts voluntary, pursuing more technology and
science, conserving energy, investing in hydrogen cars, raising fuel standards, and
reducing gasoline consumption.
Evident from the very succinct statements in the article, this article was written
from a purely liberal perspective. The author was attempting to send a direct message
regarding global warming, and the failure of current administration to keep promises
made on dealing with certain aspects of the issue. He referred to the handling of global
warming by Bush as “the campaign of disinformation.”
The article was long and precise; however I would ask the journalist a few
questions for clarification. First, what numbers reflect progress made by the
administration towards resolving the issue? Secondly, what specific suggestions or advice
would he like to give to the current administration in an effort to alleviate the global
The issue of global warming has a direct effect on the lives of people all across
the world. Failure to control global warming can lead to climate catastrophes. These
include: mega droughts, raging wildfires, decimated forests, and dengue fever. Failure to
adequately address the issue could have devastating effects on human services. Natural
catastrophes are a huge burden on the man-power and financial resources of service
agencies. In addition, there could be a tremendous loss of life for individuals throughout
The article discusses in detail the problem of who exercises power in the energy
industries. From a class perspective, those with the most resources exert the most control
over the debate in finding alternate energy sources. Consistent with both welfare and
advocacy textbooks, distributive justice is a continuing issue in attempting to influence
social welfare policy so that all persons are involved in the promotion of social justice.
Overall, I found the article quite interesting. The article gave a substantial amount
of data, and included some helpful graphic illustrations. However, it was obvious that the
article was written to express one point of view. As a critical thinker, I was disappointed
that more facts were not included so that the reader could form an objective opinion.
Every author writes to promote their own agenda; however this article could have been
greatly enhanced by discussing both sides of the issue, and giving the reader an
opportunity to decide for herself/himself.
Dickinson, T. (2007, June 28). Six years of deceit: Inside the Bush Administration’s
secret campaign to deny global warming and let polluters shape America’s climate
policy. Rolling Stone, 1029, 54-59.