• Comparing 2 Essays on Global Warming

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    A 6 page paper comparing 2 essays. Ross Gelbspan (2004) and Andrew Simms (2005) each present argumentative essays that endeavor to persuade their readers, first of all, that global warming is real and dangerous to humanity as a whole and secondly, that this reality should prompt social change. Simms addresses a British readership; Gelbspan writes for an American audience, and their arguments draw on similar assumptions. However, their writing styles and approach to the topic are quite different. No additional sources cited. kh2rgas.rtfassumptions. However, their writing styles and approach to the topic are quite different. No additional sources cited.

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    Comparing 2 Essays on Global Warming -May, 2007 for more information on using...  this paper properly! Ross Gelbspan (2004) and Andrew Simms (2005) each present argumentative essays that endeavor to persuade their readers, first of all, that global warming is real and...  dangerous to humanity as a whole and secondly, that this reality should prompt social change. Simms addresses a British readership; Gelbspan writes for an American audience, and their arguments draw...  on similar assumptions. However, their writing styles and approach to the topic are quite different. Simms begins his essay with a thought provoking quote from Charles Dickens novel...  David Copperfield, which associates happiness with having a positive cash flow. In other words, if you earn more than you spend, you will feel secure and therefore happy. Simms then...  associates this quote with global climate change, asserting that, environmentally speaking, "were living way beyond our means" (Simms, 2005, p. 1). This opening, and also Simms use of the inclusive...  pronoun "we," serves to create a sense of intimacy and inclusion with the reader. It eases the reader into the topic through the use of an interesting metaphor that pictures...  the effect of human interaction with the environment as similar to overdrawing on a back account. Gelbspans beginning is much more strident and opens with an alarmist tone and declaration,...  i.e. that "Climate change is not just another issue" but is, rather, an "overriding threat facing human civilization" (Gelbspan, 2004, p. 1). While Simms identifies Americans as the worst environmental...  offenders later in his article, Gelbspan does so immediately by stating that "Americans...are in denial" concerning the issue of climate change (Gelbspan, 2004, p. 1). As this illustrates, Simms... 

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