Thursday, June 2, 2011

But CO2 is good!

Posted on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Carla Wise’s piece is just another leftist opinion lacking any scientific basis (see “Let gas prices rise,” May 19, 2011). CO2 isn’t a pollutant, and in fact is necessary for most life on Earth. Without CO2, which plants utilize for food, most life would die off. Increasing CO2 levels result in faster plant growth—essential for feeding the ever-growing human population.

Science shows that there’s no correlation between CO2 levels and global temperature (aside from the fact that CO2 levels rise many years after warming begins).

Alarmists evoke the usual bogeymen, such as thinning snowpacks. However, our snowpack is well above normal this year, and changes in sea surface temperatures portend a cooling trend for approximately the next 30 years. There’s been no statistically significant warming since 1995, even as carbon dioxide continues to pour into the atmosphere.

Periods of warming and cooling have been occurring for eons without the help of humans. In fact, scientific analysis of ice cores reveals that increases in atmospheric CO2 typically occur hundreds of years after warming begins, which shows that CO2 is not driving the warming.

Michael Mann’s faked “hockey stick” graph, which purported to show a stable climate until CO2 levels began rising, is scientific fraud. As one scientist declared, “Michael Mann is at Penn State, but he should be in the state pen.”

The ClimateGate emails revealed more science fraud at the highest levels of climate research. The data was changed to fit the preconceived notions of the ClimateGate conspirators, and the original, raw data was “lost.” How convenient.

Thus, climate change clearly isn’t caused or significantly contributed to by CO2, and it would be foolish to stop using oil and coal. Wind turbines and solar power are pretty much useless and won’t have any significant effect on climate anyway.

Roger Stang


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