Global Warming : IS it Really Our Fault??

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Jeff Stewart
Argumentative Research
11/29/2011

Global Warming: Is It Our Fault?
Global warming has been a topic of world-wide discussion and argument for many decades. People take the stance of either: yes, it is real, or no, it is not happening. The group that argues that it is happening states their main argument as being human contribution. But this argument can be rebutted by looking at the research that shows just how much of an impact humans really have on the warming issue and CO2 output, the history of the earth and the solar system, and how valid the topic of global warming really is. Humans are argued to be the primary CO2 emitters of the world. It is also argued that excess CO2 is the primary reason for any kind of global warming. However, CO2 only comprises about 3% of our atmosphere. It is not the only greenhouse gas up there. Water vapor accounts for about 95% of any greenhouse effect, CO2 only 3%, and the rest is methane and several other types of gases. Now, of that 3% of CO2, about 97% is produced from nature, not from humans. According to Edmund Contoski‘s research, “Natural wetlands emit more greenhouse gases than all human activities combined. Geothermal activity in Yellowstone National Park emits ten times the carbon dioxide of a midsized coal-burning power plant, and volcanoes emit hundreds of times more, of which there are about 100 active volcanoes today. The combining factors of water vapor and natures’ production of CO2, we see that 99.8% of any greenhouse effect has nothing to do with CO2 emissions from human activity” (2). Humans can be further removed from the equation if one looks at the history of the planet and solar system. There has been much studying of the history of the Earth and the solar system to better understand global warming. Much of this research goes back millions of years, figuratively speaking. “Ice cores, ocean sediment cores, the geological, and the studies of ancient plant and animal...
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