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Going Green, or Not! part IV – The CO2 Myth

Welcome to Part 4 of the Going Green, or Not! series.  Today I will tackle Carbon Dioxide, that lovely deadly gas we exhale every day.  As always part I, part II, and part III are just clicks away, so please catch up to them if you haven’t read them yet, and if you have, then dive right into this controversy spurring post of the dangers that don’t exist with Carbon Dioxide.

Carbon Dioxide, CO2, is often claimed to be the leading cause of global warming.  Everywhere you look you see it weather it be your carbon footprint, or the carbon emissions from cars, or planes.  Carbon dioxide is the poster child for global warming, and without it, they wouldn’t have a case, let alone a “theory”

I found this documentary awhile ago, The Great Global Warming Swindle (GGWS).  I’m embedding it at the end for all those who care to watch it, be warned its over an hour long. But first let me tell you that there is a lot of controversy over this documentary, and weather it’s factual, or skewing the truth a little.  Well, that doesn’t really matter, because the point of the film is to get you thinking, and thinking is what I’ve done.

Now, back to CO2, here’s the opening paragraph on Carbon Dioxide from Wikipedia:

an example of a CO2 atom

an example of a CO2 atom

Carbon dioxide (chemical formula: CO2) is a chemical compound composed of two oxygen atoms covalently bonded to a single carbon atom. It is a gas at standard temperature and pressure and exists in Earth’s atmosphere in this state.

Carbon dioxide is used by plants during photosynthesis to make sugars which may either be consumed again in respiration or used as the raw material to produce polysaccharides such as starch and cellulose, proteins and the wide variety of other organic compounds required for plant growth and development. It is produced during respiration by plants, and by all animals, fungi and microorganisms that depend on living and decaying plants for food, either directly or indirectly. It is, therefore, a major component of the carbon cycle. Carbon dioxide is generated as a by-product of the combustion of fossil fuels or the burning of vegetable matter, among other chemical processes. Large amounts of carbon dioxide are emitted from volcanoes and other geothermal processes such as hot springs and geysers and by the dissolution of carbonates in crustal rocks

It is important to note where CO2 comes from.  Proponents of global warming would have you believe that CO2 is entirely a man made gas, when in fact, it’s one of the building blocks of life – All plant life depends on CO2, and all animal life depends on plant life, so reducing/removing CO2 from the atmosphere is dooming us. But that’s not all of what they’re saying.  They claim that the human emissions of CO2 is having a significant impact on the planet’s atmosphere, when in fact estimates up to 97% of the CO2 released into the atmosphere every year come from 100% natural sources, these include, all living organisms (of which there are a couple of orders of magnitude more then humans), volcanoes, and most importantly oceans.

This is where the first seeds of controversy come up in the GGWS, they claim that volcanoes release  more carbon then humans do, that is wrong, as multiple facts show.  However, this is where more controversy should arise.  No one says anything about the rest of the natural world, the animals, and absolutely no one says anything about the oceans.  So just as the writers, directors, and producers behind GGWS skimmed over some information on their graphs, the very people who attack them completely ignore 2 significant factors of CO2 emissions.

In fact, every source I found that attempts to discredit the documentary ignores the Oceans entirely.  Why are these people ignoring the very things that control our planet?  Yes, the oceans control our planet, they dictate what lives and what dies, liquid water oceans are the one thing that separate us from every other orbiting body in this solar system (except maybe Europa).  Why are they being ignored?  Because they throw a wrench into the well oiled machine that is the current Global Warming theory.

The oceans release, and absorbs vast amounts of CO2, both man made, and natural.  This is natural, and part of the life cycle of the earth.  Another thing that’s part of the life cycle of earth, is change.  Through change comes evolution.  Since the beginning of time (or the earth, whatever), the earth’s surface has been evolving, and the life inhabiting it has done the same.  One of the main arguments is that the increased CO2 levels will increase the acidity of the ocean, causing mass deaths of marine life.  Well my friend, to quote Dr. Ian Malcom:

If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, expands to new territory, and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously.

I’m simply saying that life, uh… finds a way.

What that means is that sure the changes we make now will effect life, but guess what, it wont disappear, not in a long shot.  It’s natural that animals and species die off, and evolve, unless it’s directly related to man (I guess you could argue, everything is, and to that I say, stop, shut up).  Anyway, lets go back to CO2, and Global Warming.

Did you know that CO2 has an insignificant effect on the earth’s atmosphere?  Did you know that water vapor (yes, the same water vapor from cooling towers) accounts for 95% of the greenhouse effect on the earth?  I bet you didn’t.

The fact remains though that when you factor in water vapor, the charts start to get very different, significantly different actually.  So different, as to show that man has absolutely no significant long term effect on the atmosphere.  But hey, why would you want to know that?

Here’s some graphs to help drive the point home for you:

Water Vapor vs. the other green house gasses

Water Vapor vs. the other green house gasses

Contrubitions of man-made CO2

Man made vs. natural CO2 emissions

Man made vs. natural methane emissions

Man made vs. natural methane emissions

man made vs. natural nitrous oxide emissions

Man made vs. natural nitrous oxide emissions

Man made vs. natural water vapor emissions

Man made vs. natural water vapor emissions

Man made vs. natural CFCs

Man made vs. natural CFCs

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If it wasn’t obvious from above, surly it is now, human CO2 emissions are insignificant. Also that water vapor emissions from cooling towers, yea, it doesn’t do anything.  In fact, when you factor in everything, and do the math, human’s contribute 0.28% of the total greenhouse effect.  After you do some more math, you get: “0.117% of the greenhouse effect is due to atmospheric CO2 from human activity”. {Graphs and information from Geocraft}.

So in other words, all the effect the media, the governments, the scientists, and everyone would have you believe is tiny, and insignificant.  So I ask you now: Who’s cheating who?  Who’s being true? And Who don’t even care anymore?

In effect, almost everything you’ve been told about global warming, and carbon dioxide by the media, the government, and people in general is wrong.

Here is the GGWS video, it’s long, but worth the watch I think.  I didn’t tackle everything they brought up in it, but I stayed on the CO2 part at least.

If you’re interested, here is a good break down of most of the GGWS video, but it falls prey to the very traps that I mentioned above.

Today being Earth Day I hope you all get some relaxation in, and treat the earth well.  That means go about you’re normal daily life.  That’s one more notch in the going green belt, let’s see how long we can make it.  Fortunately with this belt people get smarter as it goes on, so the longer the better.  Stay tuned for part V coming whenever I get around to finishing it.

  1. Matt
    There parts are great Steve. I like how you actually do significant research before presenting all the material. I feel like I'm getting smarter from reading these. Keepy 'em up!
  2. Phil
    Thanks, i truly learned alot i always hated An Inconvenient Sleuth i also found the on the science page of the official AIT web page to be quite funny, saying things like: "ONE study ESTIMATES" "This era of global warming 'is UNLIKELY to be ENTIRELY natural in origin' and 'the balance of evidence SUGGESTS a DISCERNIBLE human influence of the global climate.' " xD thanks again
  3. Mary Griffin
    The effects of Global Warming is getting much stronger these days. We should concentrate more on alternative energy to reduce carbon emissions.
  4. Gracie Hayes
    everyone should Go Green so that we can help the environment.;,.
  5. Noah James
    everything should be green these days, let us help mother earth-`:
  6. Kitchen Units `
    going green is probably a wise choice because we need to protect our environment``,

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