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Listed essays are:
•Critique Analysis on “Environmental Double Standards for Sport Utility Vehicles”
•Reel vs. Real of Charlie Wilson’s War
•Synopsis of “Abolish the Electoral College: House Joint Resolution 36”
The Causes for American Participation into WWI and Effects that WWI Brought to the World
•The Causes Vietnam War and the Major Flaws in America’s Participation
Critique Analysis on “Environmental Double Standards for Sport Utility Vehicles”

Since the dawn of the twentieth century, American manufacturers have engineered


numerous sorts of automobiles to keep up with the growing demand from consumers. The article,


“Environmental Double Standards for Sport Utility Vehicles,” from the advocacy of Suv.org,


argues that SUVs unleash a maelstrom of problems for the United States concerning their fuel


dependency that stirs more addiction towards petroleum and concerning their overwhelming


effect to the environment. Specifically, SUVs expel large quantities of greenhouse gases and


eject even higher traces of air pollutants that greatly harm the general health of any community.


Contrary to this article, an argument written by John Gragg, “The American Dream: Why


Environmentalists Attack the SUV,” clearly illustrates the positive side of SUVs. In general,


SUVs best serve in the interest of human nature, which is the desire to alter the environment to best benefit his or her own prosperity. Ultimately, Suv.org submitted a poorly organized analysis


with information jumbled up in such a manner that it ignores its intended purpose.


Most definitely, Suv.org scrambles its information rather than presenting an organized


argument. Primarily, Suv.org starts the case by imparting the thesis in the first sentence of the


article without any effort in grabbing the audience’s attention beforehand. As quoted from the


article, “SUVs present a paradox to consumers – television advertisements present them as a way


to return to nature, yet they actually accelerate existing environmental problems” (p. 546). From


this opening statement, the reader can clearly see that the intended purpose of this whole


commentary was to issue attacks at SUVs and disregard any attempt to actually persuade the


opposition. Subsequently, the organization springs forth irrelevant statements to the paragraphs


they support. In regards to Suv.org, “The U.S. EPA and the Department of Energy have teamed


up to create a website that lists the vehicle fuel economy, and compares vehicles to each other.


(p.549)” As observed, Suv.org has the intention to just spur information without regarding the


appeal of the data towards the thesis. Finally, the organization seeks to engulf the readers with as


much information as possible rather than concentrating on swaying the addressees with critical


information. As cited from the article, “Commercials often depict happy families driving on


mountain roads, avoiding falling rocks and enjoying the flowered wilderness in leader-seated


comfort” (p.546). Perceptibly, commercials have the tendency to mislead a buyer upon false


pretenses. Nevertheless, commercials provide no connection to what makes SUVs wrong.


Similarly, Suv.org intends to baffle the audience by focusing overwhelmingly on general


environmental issues instead of how they relate specifically to SUVs. Firstly, the organization


seeks to address the issue of global warming rather than the issue relating to SUVs. As indicated


from the organization, “The IPCC anticipates highest temperatures and heat waves over the next century, as well as more intense and dangerous storms” (p. 547). Clearly, the issue about how


weather patterns effect the environment has no relevancy towards the concerning topic.


Secondly, the group centers on the problem of how smog control and air pollutants affect the


human body instead of how they relate to SUVs. As stated, “These combustion pollutants


contribute to eye and throat irritation, coughing, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, and


headaches” (p. 549). Noticeably, the author deliberates entirely on the issue of the harm from


ignition toxins rather than their relation with SUVs. Finally, the organization concentrates on the


centerfold of oil dependency in the absence of information regarding SUVs. As asserted,


“Currently, more than half of the oil we use is imported” (p. 550). Clearly, the statement has to


do with foreign trade and not SUVs.


Correspondingly, the association emphasizes too much persuasion in certain places that it


simply ignores the informative purpose about the dangers of SUVs. Initially, Suv.org uses an


ethical source without providing much credible evidence from that source. As stated from the


author, “The excellent USC report is called ‘Drilling in Detroit,’ and it can be found at


http://www.ucsusa.org/vehicles/drill_detroit-exec.html” (p. 551). Evidently, Suv.org intends to


direct the reader to find the facts for the essay rather than simply providing them for the viewer.


Subsequently, the group tries to escape the responsibility of providing information to certify the


article’s assertions. As quoted, “However, the NAS points out that reducing the weight of the


largest SUVs on the road would make all drivers safer, since the biggest SUVs tend to do more


damage in an accident” (p. 550). The impression made from this statement makes the issue of


safety irrelevant, since Suv.org dismissed bringing forth any data from NAS to substantiate the


claim presented. Lastly, the organization ends the article by outright bashing automobile


manufacturers. As indicated, “But automakers are unlikely to make significant improvements unless they are pushed” (551). Unmistakably, the association discounts any attempt in


persuading the opposition.


Concluding, Suv.org offered a disappointingly study about SUVs cluttered up with the


intention to ignore its rationale. First, Suv.org disregarded any attempt in either organizing its


facts or seeking to grab the readers’ attention. Second, some of the facts specify no correlation to


the topic at hand. Last but not least, the article has persuasion intended to drive reader the away


either by requiring him or her to look up the specifics, by disregarding any verification for the


claims asserted, or by lacking any friendly tone in addressing the concerns brought up the opposition.