Great Drought Rhetoric

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The article written by Michael T. Klare, titled The Coming Hunger Wars: Heat, Drought, Rising Food Costs, and Global Unrest, tries to persuade the reader that the so called “Great Drought” of 2012 has roots in global warming, and “the immediate consequences of the still ongoing Great Drought: dying crops, shrunken harvests, and rising food prices,” and the long term effects including social and political uproars. (Klare 4) Klare uses many techniques in his writing, including ethos, pathos, and logos, which can be very effective when implemented properly. Klare’s audience is widespread because he feels we all play a part in our climate and environment, but he is looking to really hit the climate change non-believers.
In analyzing The Hunger Games, 2007-2011 portion of the article, the author uses previous events that add to his thesis of the Great Drought and it’s causes and consequences. He starts off saying “What happens next is, of course,
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The intro paragraph are valuable and they helped to get my attention heightened a little more, even though this isn’t a choice read. They help to set the scene and provide a lense for the reader to look through as they listen to Klare’s pitch. Klare utilizes logos well when he says “In the United States, food represents only about 13% of the average household budget, a relatively small share, so a boost in food prices in 2013 will probably not prove overly taxing for most middle- and upper-income families. It could, however, produce considerable hardship for poor and unemployed Americans with limited resources.” (Klare 1) Also, Klare emphasises the importance of the United States on the global food supply when he adds a quote from Robert Thompson, a food expert at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, who said “What happens to the U.S. supply has immense impact around the world.” (Klare
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