Global Warming IAH 206

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The documents analyzed are found on http://www.pewcenter.org. This website belongs to The Pew Center – a global “non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization” based in Washington, D.C. and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Center uses a variety of rhetorical strategies in its online documents to inform “business leaders, government officials, academics, students, and the general public” of the dangers and effects of global climate change. The institution’s intention of providing “credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions” regarding global climate change is fairly straightforward and well-addressed on their website. At face value this organization seems well-rooted into scientific facts and investigation. “[Scientist’s] standards of evidence are frequently more rigid than those of other arguers” (Harris); this sense of information and data being legitimate and well- researched also gives the audience a sense of security with the information they are being asked to accept. This use of science and research coheres with the rhetorical device logos, which derives its means of suasion through reason, logic, and rationality. The use of logos is important to every argument since it makes up the foundation for any claim; without solid, relevant facts and/or theories, an argument is very wanting in its ability to influence. In the About Us, The Pew Center describes its qualifications and honors, such as having their “information and perspectives… regularly featured in major national and international media, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, National Public Radio, and CNN.” This is an obvious attempt to boast the
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