Learning Team Toulmin Analysis
Team A Contributors: Allison Cloutier, Christopher Etheridge, Genevieve Thompson, and Dionna Mark
October 17, 2011
Crichton makes the claim that environmentalism is becoming one of the most influential
religions in the Western world. He presents the idea that environmentalists are religious fanatics who
are making extreme predictions for the Earth’s future.
Crichton does a minimal job at supporting his claim with reason. He begins his reasoning with
references to Judeo-Christian beliefs. He mentions Biblical ideas and relates them to the ideas
prevalent in environmentalism. Crichton also mentions Eden as the idea of a paradise and innocence.
He discusses the fall of mankind in Eden and compares it to environmentalism. He uses the
comparison of the pollution of Eden when man ate from the tree of knowledge and continues this
comparison to a judgment day.
Crichton says that today’s Western societies are “energy sinners” and will die if we do not seek
redemption through sustainability. He mentions indigenous tribes and their murdering brutality and
cannibalism to prove that there is no Eden. He discusses how nature is brutal and people who do not
believe that have not experienced living with nature. Crichton discusses how average modern citizens
would not last if they exposed themselves to real nature. He says people would rather enjoy nature
from a cabin or a rafting trip. People not experienced in true nature would fall into sickness and
Crichton also supports his claim with the reasoning that global warming and environmentalism,
like religion, have no credible evidence to support them. He makes a list of statements arguing the
major claims of environmentalism. For instance, DDT should not have been banned because it does
not kill birds. He says second-hand smoke is not hazardous to health. He...
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