Originally Posted by SkinWalker
Consider the following argument:
- Global CO2 emissions have increased greatly in the last few hundred years and are strongly correlated to human industrial advances.
- We know that CO2 is a by-product of the use of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels dominate our energy production.
- CO2 has the effect of trapping radiative energy from the Sun, which gets reflected back to the surface of the planet.
- The global mean temperatures are in a rising trend when observational data is analyzed.
- Since CO2 is created through human activity, it can be concluded that human activity is at least a partial cause of global warming.
What weaknesses exist in the premises that lead to the conclusion?
i.e. Syllogisms aren't so scary after all