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Counterpoint: Addressing Climate Change
Requires a Cool-Headed, Gradual Response
Thesis: While climate change is an issue that needs to be
solved, alarmism over human-generated climate change is
counterproductive to solving the problem. The United States
should instead focus on slower changes to create long-term
solutions.
Talking Points
• While most scientists are in agreement about the need
to curb climate change, there are opposing views about
how to make those changes.
• Climate alarmism can lead to eco-anxiety and an
overreaction that could harm rather than help reduce
climate change.
• Immediate action is financially irresponsible and takes
focus and funding away from more pressing global
issues.
Summary
Climate alarmists use statistics about increasing carbon dioxide
and methane in the atmosphere to argue that immediate action
needs to be taken, otherwise the planet will be unrecognizable by
2030 and could lead to a decimated population by 2050. These
statements, which are spread through media outlets and social
media platforms, have caused eco-anxiety among a wide range
of the younger population, as reported by environmental writer
Michael Shellenberger in a Forbes opinion piece. While climate
alarmists are trying to call people to action, experts state that this
rhetoric can actually have the opposite effect, causing people to
believe that it is already too late to correct climate change and that
the youngest generations will be inheriting an unfixable earth.
Shellenberger argues that these apocalyptic views are not only
exaggerated, but that alarmism does more psychological harm
than environmental good.
Instead of immediate action and alarmist rhetoric, critics believe
a slower, and more thought-out process would be beneficial
to curbing climate change. Those who disapprove of drastic
climate action argue that current plans are expensive, yet will not
provide the changes necessary to create a real impact. As climate
activism critic Bjorn Lomborg explained for Forbes, “The cost
would vastly outweigh the benefit to the extent that each dollar
spent will avoid just 11¢ of global climate damage.” Lomborg
further argued that such spending would be better used for more
immediate problems, like funding vaccinations or investing in
solving poverty and food shortages.
Supporters of a gradual response to climate change argue that
a smarter way to tackle this problem is to invest in current
green initiatives, including green energy suppliers like solar
and wind energy, and phase out the use of fossil fuels. These
long-term investments will work to battle climate change, while
remaining fiscally responsible. In addition, constant progress
in technologies, such as improvements in manufacturing,
alternative energy sources, and cleaner burning automobiles all
help to make lowering our greenhouse gasses a realistic option
without taking drastic, immediate action.
Ponder This
• The author has presented the fundamental positions for
this perspective in the debate. Outline the strengths and
weaknesses of each perspective.
• If asked to begin forming an argument for this position,
what sources would you need to build your case? What
fundamental information do you need? What opinion
leaders in this debate would you look to in solidifying
your argument?
• What are the weakest aspects of the position outlined
by the author? How might those weaker arguments help
you prepare a counter argument?
• What additional Talking Points could you add to support
this position?
Bibliography
“Climate Change.” Environmental Protection Agency,
United States, 22 Oct. 2021, www.epa.gov/climate-
change. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.
Lomborg, Bjorn. “Pressing Pause in Climate Alarmism in
Favor of Smarter Solutions.” Forbes, 20 May 2021,
www.forbes.com/sites/bjornlomborg/2021/05/20/
pressing-pause-in-climate-alarmism-in-favor-of-
smarter-solutions/?sh=fc73e35529a2. Accessed 2 Dec.
2021.
Copyright © EBSCO Information Services, Inc. • All Rights ReservedPage 1
Shellenberger, Michael. “Why Climate Alarmism Hurts
Us All.” Forbes, 4 Dec. 2019, www.forbes.com/
sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/12/04/why-climate-
alarmism-hurts-us-all/?sh=2052c1b36d89. Accessed 2
Dec. 2021.
By Amy Witherbee
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Counterpoint: Addressing Climate Change Requires a Cool-Headed, Gradual Response

Talking Points
Summary
Ponder This
Bibliography

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