Can WE Form a Decision?
Something that has become apparent while watching An Inconvenient Truth and The Great Global Warming Swindle is the fact that todays world is so biased that it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to form your own opinion. For example, people like Sean Hannity try to be as biased as possible and throws his conservative beliefs at you while other people like Keith Olbermann will try to make you believe in his liberal views. With that in mind, I feel that the only way that you can truly form your own opinion is by looking through science journals yourself and comparing evidence without the help of any news media outlets that are trying to promote their own agenda. Because of such bias and ignorance, 54% of people in the United States assume their knowledge about this particular subject is superior than 97% of climate scientists.
The political affiliation of a person who is making an assertion acts as a variable of the way people form their opinion about a subject. For instance, some people say that since Al Gore is a political figure, he did not know enough about global warming to be able to make a movie about it. Here’s what I ask these people, “Do you really think that Mr. Gore was the one who researched everything?” Multiple times, he says that it was the climate scientists who did the research. By saying this, he considers himself a spokesman for the scientist on this issue, a well informed one for that matter.
All of this being said, I don’t believe that it changes the fact that there is an overwhelming pile of evidence that mankind is causing global warming and that people have to cross the party lines in order to save the earth. How could some people argue against or stay in complete denial with many different extensive amount of scientific research presenting charts and graphs, supported with their complete sources, proofs, and calculations do not prove that we’ve been going through a dramatic decrease in sea ice from 1978 to 2012?
If global warming was just a cycle–as the opponents claim–why do we continue getting these unprecedented and natural weather disasters in the past few decades? Skeptics believe that plants release more CO2 than Humans, but if that’s true, nothing should have changed in the earth’s environment. Why are we experiencing events that have never happend on this planet before? The fact is that in the year 1990, the United States released 4,879,376 thousand metric tons of CO2. In 2009, we released 5,299,563 thousand metric tons of CO2; thats a difference of 420,187 thousand metric tons. The earth was not made for humans to have machines that let out that much CO2 to pollute the planet; the longer we keep burning fossil fuels, the more CO2 we release and the harder it is for us to solve this problem.