21 May 2013
Global Warming vs. SUV
The problem of global warming has become a topic of concern not just for politicians, but for all Americans alike. The earth’s core is not only becoming warmer, but it is also causing million year old ice packs to melt and weather patterns to change. What is the cause of global warming? It is said the leading cause of global warming is the burning of fossil fuel and the SUV is amongst the biggest offenders since it burns more fuel, and burns at a faster rate than smaller vehicles. The following two articles take a polar opposite approach to the cause of global warming. John Bragg is a policy analyst for the Center for the Moral Defense of Capitalism and wrote and posted the article “The American Dream: Why Environmentalists Attack the SUV” on the online Capitalism Magazine publication. This particular publication takes a liberal point of view on giving precedence to individual choice. William "Bill" McKibben is an American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. His article “Driving Global Warming” appeared in the May 16, 2001 issue of The Christian Century, an evangelical magazine. Bragg in his exordium immediately shows sarcasm and uses insulting words, such as “The Greens” when referring to the environmentalists. He criticizes their comments in regards to the use of SUV’s, “why would they build “horrible engines of death” and “they use too much gas, threaten air quality and contribute recklessly to the destruction of the environment.” McKibben in his exordium compares owning an SUV to the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, “belonging to a segregated country club was normal… and in a space of a few years, those memberships became immoral” just like owning and driving a SUV in the twenty first century. McKibben feels strongly about global warming. He points out that a “temperature increase as much as eleven degrees could happen by the end of the...
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