Is Climate Change Not A Top Priority? Essay

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Why is Climate Change not a Top Priority in America? The Earth’s climate has continuously changed throughout history. Most of the time, these climate changes are attributed to small variations in Earth’s orbit, which in turn changes the amount of solar energy reflected onto the planet. However, according to NASA, the current warming trend is of such significance because “most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.” Essentially, what happens is that sunlight passes through the atmosphere and warms the Earth’s surface. This heat is radiated back towards space. Most of the outgoing heat is absorbed by greenhouse gas molecules and re-emitted in all directions, warming the surface of the Earth and the lower atmosphere. Human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels, emit are increasingly emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The recent election of Donald Trump to president is what made me decide on this question. In the wake of his election, many people have expressed concern for environmental agenda and climate change regulation-- and for good reason too. To start, Donald Trump himself tweeted “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” He tweeted that in 2012, and while he may have been joking-- or even changed his mind-- it gets worse. According to the Washington Post, Trump “has vowed to roll back Obama’s signature
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