<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>We are using the Earth to improve our lives, but our children and grandchildren will live in a worsening environment that endangers their existence, more than 1,300 scientists warn.<br>. . .<br>“At the heart of this assessment is a stark warning,” the board overseeing the report wrote. “Human activity is putting such a strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet's ecosystem to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted.”<p><hr></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/11262213.htm">link to KC Star</a><br><br>--<br>Straw-man rhetorical techniques are the practice of refuting weaker arguments than one's opponents offer. 2 "set up a straw man" or "set up a straw-man argument" is 2 create a position easily refuted, then attribute that position to your opponent.