Being a rising senior in high school, we have to do large presentations at the end of senior year in order to graduate and we have already started on them. We have to choose topics we can either research or that are argumentative. And as you can tell by the title of this post, my "Graduation By Exhibition" (GBE) topic is global warming (or climate change, in this post I will use these two terms interchangeably).
Global warming has become increasingly questioned especially with the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, calling global warming a Chinese hoax . Today, I just wanted to quickly go over the fact that, according to the overwhelming evidence, global warming is probably happening. I know, it might seem overdramatic for me to say something so broad, especially when we have people calling the "overwhelming evidence" I am referring to as false , but it's important to say what is occurring: global warming is, most likely, happening.
My intent in writing this is not to introduce revolutionary and ground-breaking evidence that global warming is indeed occurring, but rather, to make it known that the President, Donald Trump, is consistently lying about the state of climate change.
I am not trying to make this overly political nor to carry out the "fake news" agenda, but to add some sense into some of the things the President of the United States is saying.
Let me introduce to you one example, in which a reporter asks him about climate change/global warming and whether or not he believes in it.  Here is what is right and wrong with his response.
If you saw the video linked you saw how he mentioned, "to have China and Japan and all of Asia and all of these other countries addresses our country." Essentially, he implicitly mentions how he doesn't want to indulge America in international laws, such as the Paris Agreement, that plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions because he doesn't want to be controlled or "addressed" by these other countries, singling out Asian countries.
Well, looking at the Paris Agreement, it does not say anywhere explicitly that the United States is to be controlled by Asia; instead, the agreement "builds upon the Convention and for the first time brings all the nations into common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so."  Although I may be missing pieces from the report of the specifics of the Paris Agreement, I can make an educated guess that no Asian countries intend to maliciously control the US from behind the curtains.
Additionally, he mentions that if we're clean and every other place is dirty — that is not so good. That statement is well in the lines of the absurdity of flat-earthers claiming the earth is flat. The continental US does not have an atmosphere separate from the rest of the world. If every other place on the earth is dirty, then so are we. It's that simple.
And we all know the affects of global warming are detrimental to not only our environment, but, quite literally, the world.
Again, I did not want this to get overly political by attacking our President's entire character but instead analyze the words he says, because as President, what you say is kind of important. And I only chose this small example because breaking down everything he has said "debunking" or calling global warming false would, quite frankly, be too long.
: This redirects you to where President of the United States says: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." via Twitter, @realDonaldTrump
: This will redirect you to an interview posted by FoxNews on Youtube, in which they interview Dr. Patrick Michaels, director of the Center of the Study of Science at the Cato Institute. With the video having more than 1.6 millions views, Dr. Michaels mentions that evidence that shows that the climate's temp. is rising are only referring to cyclical charts and are not true, and instead says that the Russian model for climate change is the most accurate.
: As mentioned, President of the United States is asked about climate change and this is his response.
: This is a more precise description of what the Paris Agreement is and what it's intentions and goals are, according to the United Nations: Climate Change.
Side note: Thank you for the overwhelming amount of people who read my last post. Although it may not be considered a lot of readers by other people's standards, I think even having ten people reading what I have to say is unbelievable. Thanks again. (I also say global warming is "most likely" and "probably" happening because as a philosophy enthusiast, I know nothing is de facto.)
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