There is a lot that our parents and grandparents did not know about how the environment was slowly changing. As Al Gore best said it, “The effects of global warming have been clear for a long time.” Now the scientific community has shown us proof about how bad global warming and climate change could get if we continue doing things the same way. For example, global warming refers to the increase in temperature on the Earth's atmosphere and oceans over a period of time. The rising temperature is an result of human activities, which come in the form of gasses released into our atmosphere, such as, carbon dioxide, methane, aerosols and other greenhouse gasses. When sunlight hits the earth’s surface, some is reflected back into the depths of space in the forms of infrared radiation or heat. The greenhouse gases trap some of the heat and in turn warm the Earth to make it habitual for people. Unfortunately, we have gathered large amounts of greenhouse gasses, which is warming our earth and making it hotter. At the rate we are creating gasses the Earth cannot counter react the effects effectively. All temperatures across the globe will continue to rise, and so will water levels (“Basics” Global Warming Solution). Therefore, if we want to be remembered as the generations that destroyed the world, even though we knew it was happening then we are doing a good job. It is something that we are all responsible for not just the leaders.
For years and years, more and more evidence has added up that the pollution we are creating is affecting the world as a whole. As the number one user of energy in the world America has to take responsibility along with other big energy using countries. For instance, “In the American Heartland the Midwest, we produce most of our energy. That region of the United States produces over 20% of the carbon dioxide released. The Midwest is responsible for more global warming than most counties except a few including China, India, Russia, and Japan. The Midwest has the largest concentration of coal plants, and they produce massive amounts of carbon dioxide. It is also known that the Midwest is the juggernaut of American transportation which has developed a heavy carbon burden.” (“Top 10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Global Warming”). There are a lot of people who see that we have to be leaders in confronting all the energy issues. That is good. However, there is a reaction to want to blame something else or to just not believe the scientific facts. Some people in America do not want to believe facts no matter how much they are proven. If the world in a hundred years is like the worst case scenarios that scientists have predicted, then the people