If one were to script a Global Warming scam one would have to be a knot-head or brain-dead to pick Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as the lead factor.
Of course we know now that CO2 was rolled out as the “poster child” nemesis against the environment. It was meant to get us hysterical enough to plead with our politicians to exact a tax on our carbon footprints so that we can save the planet earth. But it’s turning out that the CO2 “poster child” has significant problems. Despite the fact that Carbon is a part of the CO2 molecule, the atmospheric science of CO2 directly contradicts what the AGW alarmists are trying to sell us. Promoting CO2 as the environmental monkey on our back is absolutely ludicrous. CO2 is friend to all life, not a foe
Historically, and at one significant point indeed, CO2 atmospheric concentrations were much, much higher, 6,000 plus ppm. And guess what? The earth was more than just fine. It was incredibly filled with life. This fact seems to fall on deaf ears when talking to Global Warming protagonists. So, to make things picture clear, consider the graph below. It is a representation of the amount of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere from the Cambrian Age to the present.
The chart is fairly easy to understand. Note the Black Line on the chart representing “Atmospheric CO2.” See how it has been declining for the past 500 million years? Also note that in the Cambrian Age, some 570 million years ago, all of life — “all” meaning all 34 current animal phyla — appeared to suddenly explode upon the earth’s surface (left-hand side of the chart). Atmospheric CO2 concentrations at that time were estimated to be close to 7,000 ppm. That’s a CO2 concentration of 7000 ppm then, 385 ppm now.
At the time on earth when life seems to have blossomed beyond anything that we’ve seen, CO2 concentrations were the highest that have ever been recorded. In other words, high concentrations of CO2 didn’t seem to have the least ill effect on the greatest expansion of life in the history of the earth.
So if, as we are led to believe by the AGW crowd, CO2 is a pollutant that will harm all life when its concentrations exceed 350 ppm, how “on earth” did life suddenly explode upon the planet when atmospheric CO2 concentrations were almost 7,000 ppm?
How can CO2 be such an environmental “downer,” when the majority of life on the earth has in the past benefited by such abundance? And not just by a little, but by a lot?
More Hot Air from Wind Farms
The UK Telegraph reported yesterday “the wind farm industry has been forced to admit that the environmental benefit of wind power in reducing carbon emissions is only half as big as it had previously claimed.”
The British Wind Energy Association has admitted to cooking the books on its calculations of the amount of carbon dioxide displaced by wind power. According to the report a wind farm industry source offered this bizarre excuse for the inaccurate figures:
Obama wants to build a few windmills in America. Electrical generation in the United States releases just under 3 billion metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. Do the math people. To reduce the amount of CO2 by just 10% would require at least 150,000 windmills. I sure hope Obama sticks them in your backyard not mine.
While wind farms may be one of the most expensive, unreliable and maintenance-intensive ways to make electricity known to mankind, at least we know the proponents of the technology provide some form of energy. They are full of hot air.