In most instances, decisions made by humans over different issues influence their way of life in different ways. Likewise, these have diverse implications on the relationships and determine their ability to coexist in a harmonic manner. Usually, these decisions are influenced by a host of factors that also affect their thought process. In some instances, the positions that persons assume tend to conflict with the reality. Such positions are misleading and contravene the factual information about the respective concepts. This paper reviews the inherent fallacies in Bachman’s position with respect to carbon dioxide and climate change as reported by the Star Tribune.
While addressing the issue of an increase in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and the implications of this on climate change, Bachman claimed that climate change is not a real phenomenon. From her point of view, carbon dioxide is a natural gas that can be considered to be nature’s by product. She thus believes that nature has the capacity to control the levels and therefore this gas cannot be implicated for causing climate change. Moreover, she cites that the gas has existed since ice age period. Bachman also contends that numerous credible studies have demonstrated that his gas is not harmful and therefore its emission in the atmosphere should not cause any major stirs. With respect to causes of climate change, she posits that the solar flares are responsible for the increasing atmospheric temperatures and relative climate change (McAuliffe 13).
Notably, this thought process is fallacious and can have detrimental effects on the welfare of humanity. Scientific facts ascertain that climate change is an actual phenomenon that is contributed to by increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This fact has been endorsed by credible bodies such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They have also been accredited by the 2500 scientists that hail from a significant 166 countries. In this respect, scientific evidence implicates human activities for the increase of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and the relative climate change. This conclusion has been tested over time and findings accredited.
In addition, the findings have been employed by different bodies to develop countermeasures that can be used to reverse this trend. The adopted measures have been effective although it is posited that more efforts need to be directed towards this cause. One of the most vital interventions pertains to the reduction of the carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. In this regard, humans are increasingly obligated to control their activities that particularly release significant volumes of this gas in the atmosphere. At this juncture, it can be ascertained that Bachman’s prepositions are likely to discourage efforts geared towards reversing this defective trend. The resultant increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will threaten the very survival of humanity.
The human thought process is in some instances compounded by various complexities that undermine the ability of rational decision making. These stem from different external and internal forces that influence the behavior and decision making of an individual. This is exemplified in the preceding analysis when Bachman maintains that carbon dioxide does not influence climate change irrespective of having factual information at her disposal. Notably, the resultant public response to this information can undermine the current efforts of fighting climate change.
McAuliffe, Bill. Bachman’s Forum on Energy Emissions. Star Tribune, April, 8th 2009.