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Simulated Political Defense: Global Warming

If you were asked to become the minister or secretary in the Federal Government or United Nations in charge of doing something about global warming, what policies would you attempt to implement? Why?

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Global Warming

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If you were asked to become the minister or secretary in the Federal Government or United Nations in charge of doing something about global warming, what policies would you attempt to implement? Why?

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This is a really excellent question, mainly because it is something that we all need to take seriously. I have worked in the renewable biomass field for a number of years now -- mainly as a bioscientist/consultant -- and I have come to understand the importance of renewable biomass as a major contributor for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). You see the real problem with global warming is the increase in CO2 or CO2-equivalent gases in the atmosphere in a relatively short period of time. This period of time can be thought of as being about 100 years -- pretty well synchronous with the discovery and exploitation of petroleum.

So to understand what policies to implement, we need to understand the cause of the problem. The cause of the problem in a word is industrialization. In other words, fossil fuels when combusted give off CO2 and other similar gases that increase the concentration of GHGs in the atmosphere. The increase is greater than what can be absorbed by the plants on the planet. You see, plants take in CO2 and give off O2 (oxygen). If there were more plants on the planet, we would be able to absorb more of the GHGs given off. Therefore, what can be done on this front? We need to stop nonrenewable and indiscriminate cutting down of our forests (rainforests in particular). Plants are our buffer for a healthy atmosphere. The less plants, the more polluted the air. It's really that simple.

Second thing to do is replant. I mean, replant on a massive scale. We need to think big -- really big. We need to seriously consider turning the Sahara Desert and other similar deserts into gardens. Am I being unrealistic? Not at all, for projects like this on a smaller scale have happened before and continue to happen. For example, study what ...

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The solution provides an extensive discussion simulating an answer to the question posed in the original problem (see problem). The solution takes on debates, policies and points of views culminating in a defense of the policies to be taken by providing an anlysis of their importance/relevance.

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