Once Upon a Time there were Carbon Emissions

Fast Facts: I've never been much for panicking. So when people like Leo DiCaprio and his ilk start shrieking about how we're d...

Fast Facts:

I've never been much for panicking. So when people like Leo DiCaprio and his ilk start shrieking about how we're destroying the planet with our private jets and yachts - oh wait, who is it that rides around in private jets and yachts? - I tend to raise an eyebrow. I'm pretty sure we're not going to spontaneously combust or freeze-over any time soon, but what is the real story about carbon dioxide? What does climate change mean and should we destroy our economy and limit our human rights because we fear the speculative?


CO2 in and of itself is just about the healthiest gas on our planet and the 4th most abundant. Without it we are truly doomed. It is exhaled from our bodies and absorbed by plantlife. Yes, you and I feed the plants, so keep on breathing.

It is true that CO2 levels have increased since the dawn of the industrial age. This has resulted in a 15% increase in plant growth in the last century. From 1950-2000 the forests in the US grew by 40%. Plant and animal life showed global increases proportional to CO2 increases in studies of 51 terrestial and 22 aquatic ecosystems and 94 terrestial ecosystems showed increased biodiversity. CO2 good.

CO2 levels have been both lower and much higher than they are right now. In the age of the primitive forest CO2 levels were at a whopping 2500ppm. They are now hanging out around 380ppm. In fact, the only times in the earth's history when CO2 levels have been this low were the ice ages and the carboniferous period, 300 million years ago. Many scientists believe that we are actually CO2 impoverished. 

Heat from the sun warms the earth and is re-radiated back to the atmosphere. CO2 in the atmosphere absorbs this radiation. When CO2 levels increase, more heat from the sun is absorbed at a lower altitude. This is what they mean when they describe the greenhouse effect. However...

All studies show that CO2 levels change after the temperature does, as measured by sediments and ice cores over thousands of years. There is no proof that CO2 or any greenhouse gases actually cause temperature change. Only proof that they change when the temperature does. 

Water vapour and clouds constitute approximately 75% of the greenhouse effect. In fact, due to their overwhelming volume in the earth's atmosphere, a 3% change in water vapour has the same greenhouse effect as a 100% change in CO2.

While the effect of CO2 levels on temperature are not proven, there is ample evidence that temperature changes naturally and cyclically through solar radiation, orbital and galactic influences, and cloud cover. It is also proven that as the temperature warms, the earth emits more CO2.

The climate alarmists recognize this science, but claim that mankind is causing a rapid acceleration of CO2 emissions and that this acceleration is what will lead to an extinction level event. But while there is varying speculation on the reasons for rapid CO2 increases, there is again no proof that CO2 is causing climate change at all.

UK studies have measured the climate warming up to 1878, cooling to 1911, warming to 1941, cooling to 1964, warming to 1998, and cooling through 2011. The warming rate from 1964 - 1998 was the same as the warming rate from 1911 - 1941. These shifts are well within the normal range measured over the last millenium. 

We have seen far more significant climate changes in history than anything we've experienced in our lifetime, for example, the medieval warm period, 1000-1200 AD when the vikings farmed Greenland, which was followed by a period known as the Little Ice Age. This was most definitely not caused by non-hybrid vehicles and concrete manufacturing.

Scientists know of at least 33 periods of glaciers growing and then retreating. Much of our glacial melting today is the result of the Earth still coming out of the Little Ice Age. And while some glaciers and peninsulas are melting, others are growing.

All computer models and projections are admittedly speculative. It is impossible to create computer models that account for changes in sun radiation (sun spots, flares, etc), orbital and galactic influences, and even the simplest changes in water vapour in the atmosphere - things that are actually proven to cause climate change. So even if the climate were changing rapidly, which it currently is not, no scientist could predict what it will change to and for how long. 

The UN Report on Global Warming of 1996 which blames mankind for climate change, is a document negotiated by politicians, all with very specific agendas. I know this very well, having sat through countless negotiations at the UN in New York and Geneva. I've seen the bullying, back-room deals and manipulations first hand. The drafted document included the following lines:

"None of the studies cited above has shown clear evidence that we can attribute the observed climate changes to increases in greenhouse gases."
"No study to date has positively attributed all or part of the climate change to man-made causes."

These lines were removed so that the document could be accepted by the negotiators, otherwise negotiations would have been stalled. They did not have the science - but they had the political will.

Whatever you believe about climate change, you can't deny that the calls for reducing global emissions have resulted in an immediate growth of government, in the marshalling of tax dollars, the "urgent" seizure of authority, and the overflow of bureaucracy. This is the single biggest tool of leverage being used against nations and against voters today. 

This alone is reason enough to give the science a closer look. 

* information gleaned from various online sources
I will post facts regarding how governments are using climate change as leverage to increase their power at a later date. Pinky swear.

** The city pictured here is our provincial capitol, Edmonton. Yes, a city in nasty oil sands Alberta, where we continue to enjoy pristine air, water and land. 

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