Target: Glenn Gruenhagen, Minnesota State Representative
Goal: Criticize Rep. Gruenhagen for standing in the way of climate change awareness
Minnesota State Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R) recently took to the House floor to talk about climate change and renewable energy. There, he made the claim that climate change is a fraud and that global warming does not exist. Rep. Gruenhagen’s claims are ridiculous, given that 98% of scientists back the reality of climate change and global warming. These claims are also dangerous and are a way to propagate ignorance and slow down efforts to save the planet from global warming. Criticize Rep. Gruenhagen for standing in the way of climate change awareness.
Using sources such as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Gruenhagen told his colleagues that climate change is a “complete United Nations fraud and lie…. The latest facts from CPAC show that in the last sixteen years there’s been no global warming.” Gruenhagen’s assertions fly in the face of factual evidence. 2010 was the hottest year on record, and atmospheric C02 levels reached 400 parts per million for the first time in human existence just a few days before Gruenhagen’s speech. In 2012, over 30 million people were displaced by climate-related extreme weather events.
The effects of global warming and climate change are undeniable, yet people like Gruenhagen keep trying to thwart efforts to combat this real and credible threat. Political analysts suggest that the reasons that Republicans such as Gruenhagen deny climate change is not due to a lack of education, but are headstrong attempts to preserve certain characteristics of their party. Traditionally, conservatism is for people who want certainty and resist change, and climate change is new and has uncertain results; conservative individualism tends to go against the government, and climate-change evidence is government backed; and media outlets such as Fox news use propaganda to deny science, creating a feedback loop for viewers.
All in all, climate change is real and backed by evidence whereas climate denial is based on old ideologies and reinforcement by biased media outlets. Public figures like Rep. Gruenhagen have a stronger ability to affect public notions and opinions, and thus more responsibility to make choices that will have a positive impact on the people. By denying climate change, Gruenhagen is willfully allowing future harm to come to citizens and their families. Condemn and criticize him for denying science and decreasing awareness in order to appeal to conservatism.
Dear Representative Gruenhagen,
You recently spoke at the House about climate change, or rather, your perceived lack thereof. You made the claim that climate change is a lie and a fraud and that global warming does not exist. Your claims are refuted by scientific evidence and the fact that 98% of scientists believe in climate change.
Since you have a more powerful voice as a public figure, people are more likely to listen to and believe your assertions. By claiming that climate change is not an issue, you are preventing individuals from gaining awareness of a real and credible threat. When awareness decreases, change is less likely and our planet and its people will continue to suffer as a result. I am disappointed in your lack of professionalism and ask that you repeal the fraudulent claims you have made regarding climate change.
[Your Name Here]
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