Crisis and Controversy
Global Warming Hoax or is it Our Fault?
There has been talk about global warming for years. Global Warming is an increase in the earth's average atmospheric temperature that causes corresponding changes in climate and that may result from the greenhouse effect. Some of the “results” of global warming include, increase in temperatures, extreme weather patterns, rise in sea levels, massive crop failures, wide spread extinction of species, and Disappearance of coral reefs. So the question is, is it a hoax to generate fear and panic and control people’s lives and financial gain? Or are we really destroying our own planet?
There are many polls of scientists actively working in the field of climate that all agree that the earth is warming and human activity is a significant factor. However the internet is buzzing with blog posts that say, “31,000 scientists say there is no convincing evidence" that humans can or will cause "catastrophic" heating of the atmosphere. This idea originates from the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. They have an online petition that states, “We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind. There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.” (petitionproject.org). The idea that global warming is a hoax is absurd. I...