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CMN 656 University of New Hampshire Climate Change Rhetoric Paper

CMN 656

University of New Hampshire


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Term Project Report #2:

Owners narrow rhetorical exigencies or problems by framing issues, or what Hauser called the “rhetorical structure of public problems.” When doing so, they necessarily create a symbolic perspective on the alternative positions on the issues and on those who hold them. We want to get at both how issues are narrowed and the alternative symbolic perspectives on those issues in this report. Conduct an analysis of language that discloses (1) how each side depicts what it views as the major issue, (2) how each side depicts its own position on that issue, and (3) how each side depicts the other side’s position. Your analysis should therefore disclose how the issues are being symbolically defined and addressed. It should include a discussion of:

  • The most important issue or issues in the contending parties’ public discourses (the problem, cause, remedy, and/or costs and benefits)
  • The principal terministic screens that contending parties use to symbolically name or define the issues and screen the meanings of their own positions and opposing positions in response to those issues. Identify tropes and genres (if relevant).
  • Identification and division among participants in the discourse about the issues created by these terministic screens
  • Dominant discourses that participants drawn upon as rhetorical resources. Also discuss critical discourses used to challenge dominant discourses (if applicable).
  • Materials from Group Observation 2
  • At least three scholarly sources on rhetoric concepts used in this report

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Climate Change Rhetoric- Outline
Thesis Statement: Climate change adaptation plans in Dover were based on rhetorical
structured pitting change advocates against deniers and the identification of climate change as
a ‘problem’ against a normalist view.
I. Introduction
II. Most important issues
III. Terministic screens
IV. Division and dominant discourses
V. Conclusion


Climate Change Rhetoric




Climate Change Rhetoric
The debate surrounding climate change has been persistent with advocates on both
sides developing arguments to support their points. The climate change issue cuts across
many fields in society including the political as well as economics fields. The group project
titled “Dover (New Hampshire) adopt climate change adaptation plans” looks at the opposing
views regarding climate change and how different members of the public in Dover argue to
support or refute the plan. This project presents an opportunity to understand the symbolic
representation and addressing of climate change issues in Dover by climate change advocates
and deniers as well. Climate change adaptation plans in Dover were based on rhetorical
structured pitting change advocates against deniers and the identification of climate change as
a ‘problem’ against a normalist view.
Most Important Issues
The main issue within climate change debates is the occurrence of negative trends in
the world climate, specifically the general trend of increasing temperatures. Climate change
arguments point out that with increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the horizon,
there is an increase in world temperatures (Hsiang et al., 2017). The accompanying effects of
this temperature are an imbalance in the systems of nature such as melting of glaciers, wild
fires, and rising of the sea level. The main concern is that this change will reach levels that
are unsustainable for human existence hence leading to ...

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