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He is an interesting read I found. Enjoy.

Global Warming and Environmental Ethics

The world today is seemingly more complex then it ever was. Everyday scientists recognize new and fascinating connections between humanity and other living organisms. However, humans don’t only depend on living creatures for life sustenance; whether they realize it or not, they rely heavily on inert objects like glaciers, atmospheric layers, and the earth’s oceans. Take one of these components away, or reduce its ability to do it job, and it puts human life in jeopardy. Keeping in mind that all systems on earth are interconnected, it is safe to deduce that impacting one of these massive life givers would negatively impact all the groups relying on it. As of now, global warming poses a serious threat to all three of the previously mentioned systems, and thus to humanity and the earth as a whole.

Economics VS. Global Warming

The bread and butter argument for those who think global warming is a joke is generally that trying to prevent global warming will so severely impact economic development that it is not worth the hardships that doing so would impose on economies across the globe. This argument comes frequently from those who have some financial stake in an industry that contributes to global warming or general destruction of the environment. It is easy to see why one with such an interest would appose legislation that would stop the onset of severe global warming. American automakers, oil companies, coal companies and other commercial industries that produce copious amounts of green house gasses have banned together to line the pockets of our elected officials to curb legislation that could potentially stop global warming and generally benefit the natural world. Furthermore, the opposition claims that global warming is merely a scientific theory, and that it probably isn’t human induced. They cite the earth’s natural temperature fluctuation, and say that we are on a temperature rebound from the last ice age. It is certainly true that the earth is on a temperature rebound, but this time, the earth has continued to heat, instead of peaking out near previous high temperatures and beginning to drop again. Furthermore, the major increase in temperatures that doesn’t fit the traditional cyclical curve, began right around the time of the industrial revolution. This is when humans first began to have a major impact on the environment and when coal was nearly the sole energy source. Coal is quit possibly the dirtiest burning fossil fuel, meaning that the combustion of coal creates more pollution per pound than any other hydrocarbon.

The Dangers of Fossil Fuels

The fuels used today, and in the past, not only emit greenhouse gasses, but they also emit various other types of harmful pollution. The combustion of fossil fuels is linked to many types of ailments including but not limited to asthma and various types of cancer. Spent fossil fuel clouds our skies above cities forming a layer of gas known as smog. Smog is generally dangerous to older people and people with respiratory diseases, but when the air becomes stagnant, as it often does in the summer months, smog can be harmful to the healthiest of individuals. Consequently, even if the whole global warming theory turned out to be bunk, we would still end up greatly benefiting society by greatly reducing the use of fossil fuels.

Why Should We Care?

An all too common thought process regarding global warming is that “it won’t affect me�. Unfortunately, this is the furthest thing from the truth. Those living in the southeast United States will be heavily impacted according to an article on global warming cited by Vaughn in his text “Doing Ethics�. The article states that one effect of global warming will be more hurricanes and even superhurricans (Pg.362). Since this area is already hurricane prone, global warming will only intensify this effect. Another down side to increasing global temperatures is the melting of arctic glaciers. These glaciers hold massive amounts of freshwater, and their melting will cause a rise in sea level that would displace many seaside communities and reduce the overall amount of land. Global warming will cause drought in some areas, and massive rainfall and floods in areas. Those who enjoy outdoor recreation will be affected too, because the rapidly changing climate will likely cause some currently endangered species to go extinct. Since the climate is changing at such an unnatural pace, it will be nearly impossible for some species to adapt in time.

Concluding Thoughts

Global warming is a real threat. It will affect every person when it happens. However, one must be realize that it isn’t written in stone. Every action one makes could potentially help reduce global warming; however, the opposite can be true as well. This is why, if we want to stop global warming, we must all make a concerted effort to enact some change. The biggest threat to change is the apathetic attitude described in the previous section, and those who are unable to look at the big picture to try to find the greater good. One needs to consider if he would rather have a gas hog SUV in the here and now, or have a clean and healthy plant for his children to grow and flourish on. created harmful racial division when he falsely claimed that the 2000 presidential election was "stolen" from him and that African Americans in Florida were disenfranchised, even though a second recount of Florida votes by the "Miami Herald" and a consortium of major news organizations confirmed that he lost the election, and a ruling by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission declared that African Americans were not denied the right to vote,

Whereas the Democratic Party's soft bigotry of low expectations and social promotions have consigned African Americans to economic bondage and created a culture of dependency on government social programs,

Whereas the Democratic Party's use of deception and fear to block welfare reform, the faith-based initiative and school choice that would help African Americans prosper is consistent with the Democratic Party's heritage of racism that included sanctioning of slavery and kukluxery, a perversion of moral sentiment among leaders of the Democratic Party whose racist legacy bode ill until this generation of African Americans,

Now, therefore, for the above and other documented atrocities and accumulated wrongs inflicted upon African Americans, we demand a formal written apology and other appropriate remuneration from the leadership of the Democratic party.

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