America And Climate Change : America Essay

1732 Words Nov 30th, 2016 7 Pages
America and Climate Change
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 change the amount of solar energy reflected onto the planet. However, according to NASA, the current warming trend is so significant because “most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.” And research from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies shows that every month in 2016 has been substantially warmer than ever before-- and it will only get worse. Climate change, such a wide-reaching phenomenon, is obviously of great significance. But often times it feels like America is not too concerned. For example, countries like Germany and France are rapidly building wind farms and solar grids, and the latter is even attempting to shut down all its coal power plants by 2023. On the other hand, America, with its recent election of climate change “skeptic” Donald Trump to president, seems to be regressing. This warrants the question: Why do Americans, and their politicians, not place importance on climate change legislation? A problem as politically relevant as climate change divides America instead of bringing it together, and there are many reasons for that.
How does climate change occur? To start, sunlight passes through the atmosphere and warms the Earth’s surface. This heat is then radiated back towards space.…

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