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Here in the State of Washington, we have a carbon tax on the ballot. If passed, it would be the first carbon tax in the country. The greenies are simply quivering with excitement. It will do nothing at all to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, nor is that the aim. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.
Climate change is very low on the list of voters’ priorities, and for good reason. The most dangerous environmental pollutants have been cleaned up—carbon dioxide is not among them. U.S. emissions of particulates, metals and assorted gases—ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and sulfur have fallen almost 70% between 1970 and 2014. The illusion remains that the beneficial gas carbon dioxide is among hazardous pollutants. (The EPA keeps trying to impress this false idea on the gullible). The public’s biggest worry is corruption of politicians.
Unlike genuine pollutants, carbon dioxide (CO2) is an odorless, colorless gas. Every human being exhales about two pounds of CO2 a day, along with a similar amount of water vapor. CO2 is nontoxic to people and animals and is a vital nutrient to plants. It is also a greenhouse gas which helps maintain earth at a habitable temperature.
CO2 is a natural fertilizer for plants, and is helping to feed a hungry world. he amount of CO2 in the atmosphere ranges from around 390 to a little over 400 ppm. Greenhouses keep their atmosphere at around 1000 ppm to keep their plants growing nicely. It would be a good thing if we could raise the amount in the atmosphere to 1000 ppm, and it is possible and not all that expensive.
The climatistas or climate warriors or whatever you want to call them are not really interested in climate as such, they are interested in ending the vast pollution of Capitalism, and they believe that the war on climate is their best chance of getting to their goal. Carbon taxes are just one of the ways of getting there.
Dr. Roy Spencer is Principal Research Scientist in Climatology at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. He is the source of the only truly global monitoring system of observed warming.
Global warming and climate change, even if it is 100% caused by humans, is so slow that it cannot be observed by anyone in their lifetime. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts and other natural disasters have yet to show any obvious long-term change. This means that in order for politicians to advance policy goals (such as forcing expensive solar energy on the masses or creating a carbon tax), they have to turn normal weather disasters into “evidence” of climate change.
You have seen the pictures of New York City practically underwater, with the Statue of Liberty up to her nose in rising seawater.
Sea level rise, which was occurring long before humans could be blamed, has not accelerated and still amounts to only 1 inch every ten years. If a major hurricane is approaching with a predicted storm surge of 10-14 feet, are you really going to worry about a sea level rise of 1 inch per decade? If Hillary would have fact-checked her example of sea level rise in Norfolk, Virginia, she would have found out that the experts already know this is mostly due to the land there sinking.
To the extent that the cost of weather disasters has risen over time, that is well known to be the result of modern society building more infrastructure in areas that are prone to damage from weather—which is almost everywhere.
Do read the whole thing, stop worrying, and if you live in Washington State, please vote against the carbon tax.
ADDENDUM: Dr.Roy Spencer has a website here, with both the latest climate news, and excellent short articles explaining global warming 101 for those of us who didn’t do much beyond high school biology, chemistry and physics.
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