Global Warming

In an era dominated by technology and commerce, we humans tend to forget about loving Mother Nature. The issue of global warming has been raised by concerned humanitarians, scientists, and environmentalists. Due to the burning of fossil fuels by the many forests, cars, and factories populating the earth, we have been releasing vicious amounts of carbon dioxide. These harmful gasses eat up our ozone layer which helps protect the life on Earth from damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun. Currently, our planet is getting warmer and warmer- some scientists would probably even say that our homes may eventually burn up from the intensity of the rays – like ants under a magnifying glass. Our compassionate nation, the United States of America, cries out “what will we do?” Unfortunately, we do not yield to change very easily, but these simple solutions I offer will surely eliminate the problem of global warming in a way that society can readily accept.

Trying to reduce the amount of gas-dependent transportation is pointless. Biking takes too much time and effort, and busy lives require many stops throughout the day. These stops may also be far from each other, so there would be a higher risk of bike theft since they would be more exposed and vulnerable through out the day. If someone is in a rush, they would leave their bicycle carelessly leaning on a wall or in the doorway for any thief to pick up. And think about rush hour traffic! People would constantly be running into each other and tangling up their chains. There would have to be “tow bikes” to help clear up the potential bike accidents. Not to mention bikes are highly unreliable compared to cars. Chains break easily, tires always need air pumping, and some young man is in danger of running into a tree when checking out a pretty-looking girl on the sidewalk. The United State of America would also be susceptible of being called a “Communist Country” while being paralleled to China. Everyone knows that the people of China use bicycles because they are overpopulated, and they are not able to fit cars in their streets. They have no choice but to use bicycles as their source of transportation. Luckily, the USA is blessed with many freeways, so bicycles are obviously out of the question. They could never climb up the steep incline of on-ramps.Walking also weighs more heavily on negative aspects than positive. As I stated in the previous paragraph, multiple stops are needed throughout the day and are often quite a distance away from each other. Because of these stops, the average Joe would get home around 1 am. Since most people wake up early in the morning to go to school or work, there would not be enough sleep generated in the human populous. Essentially, humanity would be walking zombies and work would not be scrutinized enough under our tired eyes. It would greatly slow down the American economy because it will take more time to get from one place to another. The companies would have to spend millions of dollars renovating bathrooms in order to add showers and make the working environment more pleasing to the nose. Instead of Kleenex boxes and staplers in every classroom or cubicle, there would be a box of deodorant and towels. During the summer, many people may faint from dehydration and possibly die. There is the option of bringing a water bottle, but our hands are already preoccupied with cell phones and coffee cups. Obviously, these items are more vital to our lives than water. In the winter, it would be most inconvenient because one has to wear a lot of clothing, which in turn may restrict movement, making travel even more sluggish. Walking is not a wise solution. Who wants to slow down the hustle and bustle of America? That’s right. No one.Various city councils have raised the idea of public transportation. Some people wake up in the morning, wanting peace and quiet before they start their day. Riding public transportation will force people to talk to others and be congenial even though they may not want to be. Public transportation also generates a sense of loss of control in one’s life because they are forced to go the bus route and follow the bus schedules. They are, essentially, at the mercy of the bus driver. It’s like a prison, being kept with other strangers in a small area while each being monitored by the bus driver. There are health risks involved as well, and not just the higher probability of getting sick. Standing up in a bus or a subway is a hazard because the vehicle may stop suddenly and one may loose their balance, therefore falling and breaking their hip. Fortunately, there are lots of people who can aid them in getting up, but they are not experts in dealing with trauma so further injury may result. Many more accidents like falling will occur and clog up the judicial system due to various lawsuits. And that’s the American way! Having the right to sue people when the opportunity arises. However, it will throw a monkey wrench into our criminal system, so public transportation is not a good idea.All these solutions fail to consider the American way of life. Each of these prospective answers is a hindrance to our lifestyles. My effortless solution is this; we balance the warming with cooling. Parallel to homeland security, the President can create an agency to create enough coolness to counteract the warmness. They can create fields of ice not unlike the ice skating arenas in our shopping malls and in the parks. But of course, the size would have to be exponentially larger than an ice skating rink. Each state will be expected to dedicate at least half of its land to these ice fields, and in the especially humid parts of America, will be required to refill the ice when it melts. There will be a certain amount of ice in the field apportioned to the humidity of the state. It is time for the United States of America to once again set an example for the rest of the world. The time and technology are here. We can do it.

Global Warming

osillaj

Joined February 2008

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