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CO2 is Natural, Organic, and Good for You. by The Elephant's Child

I was going to ignore Earth Day because I think it is profoundly silly, and I don’t want to encourage the perpetually discontented doom-mongers.

Carbon Dioxide is a natural product that is one of the building blocks of life. Increased CO2 levels are constructive and highly beneficial to both mankind and the natural world. I don’t know the location of the picture above, though it looks like a nuclear plant. Pictures like this are always used to subtly say ‘look, evil industry is polluting the planet,” but what is coming out of the smokestacks is most likely steam— water vapor.

Back in the 1970s, the earth experienced a short-term cooling trend, and many of the perpetually discontented doom-mongers were alarmed and predicted a coming catastrophe.  If it had continued, it would have been a problem, for cold is much harder to deal with than warm.

A little more warming would be nice. It’s barely 50° here, and though it may be spring, our temperatures are way below normal. Yes, this is not climate. But the Medieval Warm Period from about 900 till 1300, when it was much warmer than today, was the finest weather known to man. Wine grapes grew in England, the Vikings farmed in Greenland, and the climate was maybe 2° to 4° warmer than now.  Castles and cathedrals were built throughout Europe, which is an indication of good food supplies and greater wealth. In June, 1253, Westminster Abbey alone had 428 construction workers, nearly half of them skilled stone workers and glass blowers.

CO2 is plant food, what all humans and animals breathe out, and plants breathe in CO2 and exhale oxygen. We are at a low point of CO2 in the atmosphere, around .038 ppm. Greenhouses boost CO2 to 1000 ppm, and nurserymen continue to survive, as will we.

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I’ll help you out here a bit. That’s a photo of a coal power plant located south-west of Düsseldorf in Germany.

It should also be noted that most of the visible emissions being shown are steam, as in H20.

Of course water vapor is a “greenhouse gas” with much greater effect on the climate than Co2 ever could be. It just that mentioning it would stop making AGW be a Civilized World problem and would “disproportionately effect” the ever-to-be-protected Brown people.


Comment by jonolan

Thanks! Do you know about the chimneys? I thought chimneys of that shape were nuclear, but that’s getting into territory that I am totally ignorant about. The Greens certainly don’t ever mention that what you see coming out of a smokestack could be steam, and rely on public ignorance. The state of Washington is trying to get rid of a coal-fired power plant south of Olympia, and relying heavily on the fact that the legislators can see ‘noxious fumes’ coming out of the smokestacks.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

That thing that looks like it should be on a nuke plant isn’t exactly a chimney; it’s a cooling tower used to cool off the steam and precipitate any suspended pollutants such as hydrogen sulfate and sulfur dioxide.

Then the water is run through the system again since most coal plants are coal-fired steam turbines and condensing and reusing the water as much as possible is cheaper and better for the environment.


Comment by jonolan

Thank you very much!


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