Rhetorical Analysis- Global Climate Change Essay

753 Words Sep 16th, 2011 4 Pages
ENG 101-14
McKella Koho
Prof. Moonwomon
September 5, 2011

“We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change”
Al Gore

In 2010, Al Gore wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times claiming that global warming is a matter our generation must concentrate on in order to halt the rapid increases of change to our planet’s climate. He creates a strong, convincing argument by addressing and exemplifying issues pertaining to global climate change. Al Gore, the forty-fifth vice president of the United States, is one of the top political figures that advocates environmental issues. He is known for taking action to control gas emissions that scientists say are changing the world’s climate. Al gore received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, which helped to
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The majority of the article’s body contrasts the changes in sea levels, temperature increases and decreases, and alterations in precipitation. Although people in opposition to global climate change have asserted that there hasn’t been warming in the last decade, in 2010 scientists confirmed that the previous ten years were the “hottest decade since modern records have been kept.” People use heavy snowfalls as an example that global warming is a myth, yet “scientists have long pointed out that warmer global temperatures have been increasing the rate of evaporation from the oceans, putting significantly more moisture into the atmosphere” which cause heavier falls of snow and rain in certain regions, such as the Northeastern United States. By bringing up these points he is creating logos and using basic knowledge to prove his point.
Gore’s conclusion in his article relates to all three components of rhetoric. Since he is actively involved in the political system, he can successfully bring political aspects to attention, showing his credibility, passion, and logical views of the matter. He mentions in his article, “from the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption” and how it’s crucial for political figures to get involved in
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