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Why You Should Embrace Carbon Dioxide

The scientific facts clearly show carbon dioxide is a good thing, not something we should fear.

CO2 is not a pollutant.

the contrary, carbon dioxide makes crops and forests grow faster.
Satellite mapping shows the Earth has become about 6 percent greener
overall in the past two decades, with forests expanding into arid
regions. The Amazon rain forest was the biggest gainer, with two tons
of additional biomass per acre per year.

Certainly climate change
does not help every region equally, but careful studies predict overall
benefits—fewer storms, more rain, better crop yields, longer growing
seasons, milder winters, and lower heating costs in colder climates.
The news is certainly not bad and on balance may be rather good.

CO2 is merely a trace atmospheric gas.

world will laugh when we finally understand the pursuit of economic
ruin in the name of saving the planet from carbon dioxide has been a
terrible joke. It is an unarguable fact that the portion of the Earth’s
greenhouse gas envelope contributed by man is barely one-tenth of 1
percent of the total.

Do the numbers yourself. Carbon dioxide is
no more than 4 percent of the total atmosphere—with water vapor being
more than 90 percent, followed by methane and sulfur and nitrous
oxides. Of that 4 percent, man contributes a little more than 3
percent. Three percent of 4 percent is .12 percent, and for that we are
sentencing people to numerous damaging economic impacts.

Added CO2 increments have less effect.

effect of additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is limited
because CO2 absorbs only certain wavelengths of radiant energy. As the
radiation in that particular wavelength band is used up, the amount
left for absorption by more of the gas is reduced.

A simple
analogy is to consider drawing a curtain across a window. Much of the
light will be shut out, but some will still get through. Add a second
curtain to the first, and most of the remaining light will be excluded.
A point will quickly be reached however, where adding more curtains has
a negligible effect, because there is no light left to stop.

This is the case with the absorption of energy as more carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere.

Anthropogenic warming hasn’t happened.

greenhouse gases were responsible for global temperature increases in
recent decades, atmospheric physics require that higher levels of our
atmosphere would show greater warming than lower levels. This did not
happen during the 1978-1998 period of 0.3 degrees Celsius warming.

Warming precedes CO2 increases.

full 900,000 years of ice core temperature records and carbon dioxide
content records show CO2 increases follow increases in Earth’s
temperature instead of leading them. This makes sense because the
oceans are the primary source of CO2, and they hold more CO2 when cool
than when warm. Warming causes the oceans to release more CO2.

Read the Opposing Views debate, Is Global Warming a Crisis?


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