The spectrum on the climate change debate

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We’re told that those who see things as black and white [what shrinks call “psychological splitting”] will tend to fall on one of the two extremes, believing either that increased CO2 has no effect or a catastrophic effect on the climate.  As the above image says, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I’m on the side of the deniers, I don’t believe there is any evidence to show that CO2 is or will have much effect on the climate.

It  could have some effect, I’ll allow. But it’s increased only 1/10th of 1% in the last 250 years. In 1750 CO2 was about 3/10th of 1% of the atomosphere. Now it’s 4/10th of 1%. Whoa, you say. That a 33% increase! Well, it’s still only 4/10th of 1%. It’s still a very small concentration.

There has been climate change during the last 250 years, but not all in one direction. The climate has both warmed and cooled. That’s it. There is no evidence that CO2 had anything to do with it. A more likely cause is the change in sun spots over that time period.  But earthly humans clearly have no effect on sun spots, so sun spots don’t offer a narrative for the alarmists.

I don’t believe the truth is in the middle, as the above chart suggests. The truth as best we know it is with the deniers. Nobody knows whether CO2 is a prime mover of the climate. It’s nothing but conjecture on the part of people who need a soapbox. Taking the middle road where there is no evidence to support either side is stupid. No evidence means only one thing. We don’t really know what the truth is so why speculate that it might be in the middle of the argument? Especially since we know that there is no current threat of anything untoward in the climate, whether because of CO2 or cow farts or fracking or too much exhaling of CO2 by all animal life.

Here’s a thought: CO2 may increase very slowly in the atmosphere because plants and trees use it up as fast as it’s produced. As oxygen is the life-giving gas to 99% of all animal life, so CO2 is to plants and trees. Fracking has been shown to reduce CO2 emissions, but the alarmists are still against it. That should tell us something.

Carbon, with its 6 protons, 6 electrons, and (usually) 6 neutrons, is a very amazing thing. Carbon chain molecules are the basis of organic chemistry. Nearly every cell in our bodies are made up of these carbon molecules, put together in thousands of different configuations.  The most ordinary substance on earth may be coal, which is almost all carbon. Burning coal is what made the industrial revolution and gave us humans the possibility of a life that is not solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. Diamonds are 100% carbon.

Clearly, it’s time for all the carbon hating to stop.

 

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