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Is climate change real? Show more Show less

It is the topic of our times, with changing weather around the world. Is the climate actually changing or are these global warming signals misunderstood and misattributed to natural cycles. Can we know if climate change real? Or is climate change a conspiracy of the left?

Yes, climate change is real Show more Show less

Climate change is happening and is driven by human carbon emissions. The science on the subject of global warming is clear, and the evidence is overwhelming.
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Oil companies have known for many years climate change is real

In the 1960s and 70s oil company scientists understood that climate change was real, and the companies worked to hide and obscure this information from the public.
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Context

The Argument

Oil companies were aware of the harm fossil fuels could cause to the environment. In 1977, after sending scientists to conduct tests, Exxon acknowledged that fossil fuels did in fact negatively affect global temperature.[1] Yet, they continued to produce fossil fuels. Oil companies should decrease their production.

Counter arguments

Decreasing the sale of oil would affect the economy. Without oil, cars would not be a means of ready transportation, leaving many people stranded from job opportunities outside of their neighborhood or city.[2]

Framing

Premises

[P1] Oil companies were aware of the effects of fossil fuels on the environment. [P2] Oil companies should cut down on production.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] If oil companies cut down on production, it will affect people’s livelihood and hurt their chances of getting good jobs.

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References

  1. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/exxon-knew-about-climate-change-almost-40-years-ago/
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-good-and-bad-of-the-steep-drop-in-oil-prices/2018/11/14/6f3e4cc0-e845-11e8-bbdb-72fdbf9d4fed_story.html

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