December 17, 2008
Out of Thin Air
Since it is obvious from his personnel selections in the environmental, energy and science field that Barack Obama is going to be a strong advocate of the Global Warming, I thought I would do a series on the subject, a series of what I am not quite sure, we'll just wing it.
I initially became interested in what was once known as Global Warming aka. climate change when I happened upon a rather old article Why Global Warming Would Be Good To You . It made so much sense and seemed so reasonable I pretty much ignored the entire Global Warming thing until a couple of years back when I became interested while blogging on the Weather Underground site. I vaguely knew there was a debate about it but figured it was some obscure unimportant scientific issue that would work itself out in time and really was not all that important. Boy was I wrong.
I have come to see the Global Warming (climate change) debate is one of the most important issues of my lifetime, rating up there with, perhaps even above Communism versus Democracy and the nuclear arms race. My view of its importance may sound like hyperbole but I no longer think so, the Global Warming-climate change issue actually is the fulcrum point on which world economic and political power teeters.
A primary natural element Carbon Dioxide (CO2) which is necessary for life has been completely morphed into the opposite. The once cherished element that we breathe out and plants need for their very existence, as does all natural life, has now been redefined in society, in our classrooms, in our economic system, in our political discourse and in our legal system as a pollutant. It is as if and is in fact like saying air itself is evil and must be controlled to protect the planet from the existence of man. The fact that for generations people have recognized this still very minute portion of our atmosphere as being life giving to plant life and thus all life has been nearly completely squashed in popular belief.
Quite a feat when you think about it, in less than 30 years carbon dioxide has been redefined from an essential life giving element, to a toxin. This metamorphosis is so complete that it is doubtful that many people even know that without carbon dioxide all life on the Earth would cease, instead most think of it as the very thing that is destroying life. I sincerely believe that the general population perceive CO2 much the same way as they look upon smog, and it is not unlikely that many think they are one and the same. To show how complete this transformation is just go to Google News and type in CO2, this once benevolent element is now to be feared and contained.
We all know that people, businesses, governments or countries that control resources can politically control the policies and even the behavior of others. Just look to Saudi Arabia and oil, prior to the need for oil and its discovery Saudi Arabia was a wasteland of a country with absolutely no prestige, influence or power even in its own region less alone in the world. If Mecca had not been located in the country, it probably would have been even less important as a national entity much like an Afghanistan. But control of this resource, oil, has made it arguably one of the top five most powerful countries in the world for decades.
Now controlling a resource is nothing like controlling carbon dioxide right? One is a valuable useful commodity whereas the other is an invisible trace gas as elusive as...well your exhaled breathe. Don't kid yourself, now that your exhale has been redefined as poison the theory of Global Warming-(climate change) gone wild has created a market for thin air out of thin air. But even more insidious is the market is not for the sale of something but rather the restriction of something. The something of course being the bi-product of world wide energy and as we all know energy means wealth. So in affect the market being developed is not for the creation of wealth and prosperity but rather the restriction of it. Fortunes are and will be made by robbing others of the opportunity to create wealth and all this is being done out of thin air.
FUN FACTS about CARBON DIOXIDE
Of the 186 billion tons of CO2 that enter earth's atmosphere each year from all sources, only 6 billion tons are from human activity. Approximately 90 billion tons come from biologic activity in earth's oceans and another 90 billion tons from such sources as volcanoes and decaying land plants.
At 368 parts per million CO2 is a minor constituent of earth's atmosphere-- less than 4/100ths of 1% of all gases present. Compared to former geologic times, earth's current atmosphere is CO2- impoverished.
CO2 is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. Plants absorb CO2 and emit oxygen as a waste product. Humans and animals breathe oxygen and emit CO2 as a waste product. Carbon dioxide is a nutrient, not a pollutant, and all life-- plants and animals alike-- benefit from more of it. All life on earth is carbon-based and CO2 is an essential ingredient. When plant-growers want to stimulate plant growth, they introduce more carbon dioxide.
CO2 that goes into the atmosphere does not stay there but is continually recycled by terrestrial plant life and earth's oceans-- the great retirement home for most terrestrial carbon dioxide.
If we are in a global warming crisis today, even the most aggressive and costly proposals for limiting industrial carbon dioxide emissions would have a negligible effect on global climate!
(to be continued)