Penguins With Sunburns: An Argumentative Research Paper on Global Warming

Essay by rlthompson1High School, 12th gradeA+, October 2007

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Global warming is a term that causes many to roll their eyes and, yet, drags others into a heated debate. Some believe the whole matter to be a fake. They think politicians invented global warming in order to become elected. Others "puzzle over how a whole generation could have sleepwalked into" (Billy 19) crisis. While many choose to ignore global warming, the earth's rising temperature must not be disregarded as the dreams of politicians and environmentalists.

Some believe that humans do not aid global warming; they believe global warming to be part of the earth's natural cycles. "The climate is constantly changing, not just season to season but year to year, century to century, and millennium to millennium" (Williams 43). The earth does naturally increase and decrease in temperature, but in 2002 even the Bush Administration "admitted that man-made pollution is largely to blame for global warming" (BBC 1). Once again, in 2004 the White House stated that, "People are responsible for the spike in global warming in the last 30 years" (McKee 1).

Now, the Bush Administration spends time researching global warming. They have not taken any action to limit the usage of fossil fuel, because of the adverse effect it would have on America's economy (Hecht 1).

On the contrary, some believe the emission of fossil fuels do not affect the environment. While many attributes of the production and use of fossil fuels aid the economy, the burning of fossil fuels releases radioactive materials such as uranium and thorium into the atmosphere (Fossil 3). Their burning also produces greenhouse gas. "Greenhouse gasses blanket the earth and keep it about 33 degrees Celsius warmer than it would be without these gasses…" (Hopwood 1). The Changes that have recently occurred in the United States' climate line up with scientists' expectations...