Rhetorical Analysis

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AJ McKay
English 101
Sarah Nolan
11/14/10
Rhetorical Analysis
As a society grows and develops, there are many issues the people must face during the process. One of the most important problems modern civilizations must solve is where and how they get their energy. In our day and age, we rely heavily on fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, and oil. Patrick Moore, a writer for the Washington Post, composes an argument for nuclear power and recommends that it should be the future for all things energy. Moore’s argument is a convincing article that would most likely pull many neutral readers to see his side very clearly. The article gives all the pros to the uses of nuclear energy, and does an excellent job of addressing all possible counter-arguments. Even though the use of pathos is minimal, he uses a good deal of ethos, and above all, logos to convey his message to his audience. Although the essay is very structured and well written, some aspects of the article seem to be very opinionated and stray from a logical, biased argument. But credit is given where it is due, and overall, Moore’s argument very good one. Neutral readers looking for good information on the topic would most likely find themselves agreeing with this argument.

Right off the bat, author Sir Patrick Moore establishes his credibility by addressing his audience as an early environmentalist who “…helped found Greenpeace in the 1970’s” (Moore 1). As a result, the next thing the reader may begin to notice is the fact that Moore seems to be very knowledgeable on the subject. He uses large amounts of logos to present a strong logical side to his argument. The article effectively compares the pollution rates of fossil fuels plants to those of nuclear power plants, while at the same time incorporating a detailed history of nuclear power. Moore displays his in depth knowledge with statements such as, “The 600-plus coal-fired plants emit nearly 2 billion tons of CO2annually -- the equivalent of...
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