by Gregory Wrightstone
from NaturalGasNow Website
was foolishly declared a pollutant
by the EPA for political purposes
and the Supreme Court let it stand.
One hopes it
will now self-correct...
Physics - along with a few other branches
of science - says no.
This ruling has become known as the
and it determined that carbon dioxide was a "pollutant" that was
dangerously warming the atmosphere and oceans, leading to climate
Carbon dioxide (at right), together with water,
form oxygen and organic compounds (at left)
by photosynthesis, which can be respired
to water and (CO2).
Never mind that, according to
Clean Air Act
co-author John Dingell, Congress never intended for EPA to regulate
In fact, a recent Louisiana judge dictated that the EPA needs to use realistic metrics when evaluating the costs or benefits of more CO2.
Using a higher, real-world discount rate mandated by Congress reveals that the "social cost of carbon" from increasing carbon dioxide emissions is a net benefit to society.
That is correct:
The Earth's atmosphere has warmed about one degree Celsius since 1850, and CO2 has increased approximately 130 parts-per-million since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to about 415 ppm today.
Contrary to predictions of ever-increasing catastrophes and harm to humanity, quite the opposite is occurring.
the planet's ecosystems are improving and we are enjoying those
The majority of North American heat records were set 90 to 100 years ago.
Where is the crisis?
That more carbon dioxide is fueling plant growth is accepted as fact by all parties in the climate debate (and yes, Virginia, there IS a debate).
Modest warming is providing longer growing seasons in temperate climes, assisting in the cultivation and harvesting of more food.
That increase in crop growth is turbocharged by the CO2 fertilization effect.
With carbon dioxide increasing in recent decades, there have been significant improvements in crop harvests and an overall greening of Earth.
Greenhouses add carbon dioxide to
Proponents of catastrophic
man-made warming exaggerate this phenomenon, using unlikely and
unsupportable high-end projections of the warming effect to achieve
extreme heat scenarios of the future.
the gas were to double, the effect would be a mere one degree
Celsius of warming - hardly an emergency.