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California is a Major Grower of All Kinds of Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, and Politicians. by The Elephant's Child
March 13, 2018, 4:37 am
Filed under: Politics

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California again. Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that his next mission will be taking oil companies to court “for knowingly killing people all over the world.”

“This is no different from the smoking issue. The tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades, that smoking would kill people, would harm people and create cancer, and were hiding that fact from the people and denied it. Then eventually they were taken to court and had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars because of that,” Schwarzenegger said. “The oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study that there would be global warming happening because of fossil fuels, and on top of it that it would be risky for people’s lives, that it would kill.”

Schwarzenegger said he is still working on a timeline for filing the case, but the news comes as he is preparing to help host a major environmental conference in Vienna in May.

It’s not at all clear just what he thinks is killing people, probably the carbon. People get very confused, assuming that carbon dioxide, a colorless odorless gas which we and all other animal life exhale, which is a natural fertilizer for plants (if you remember photosynthesis from high school Biology) and because of slightly elevated CO2 in the atmosphere, is greening the planet, making trees and plants grow more and relieving many areas of the Earth from the scourge of famine —  is a bad thing, or poisonous, or some other nonsense.

Carbon (C), on the other hand, is a basic chemical element, a building block of life. It is not particularly plentiful, but it forms more compounds than all the other elements combined. From livescience.com: Carbon is an incredible element. Arrange carbon atoms in one way, and they become soft pliable graphite. Change the arrangement and the atoms form diamond, one of the hardest materials in the world. It is the key ingredient for most life on Earth, including us. We are carbon life forms.

The amount of warming caused by extra CO2 is relatively weak. It has been calculated that a doubling of the atmospheric CO2 concentration would cause less than 1 degree C. of surface warming (about 1 degree F.). This is not a controversial statement.

Dr. Roy Spencer is the climate scientist who runs the satellites that measure the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. There’s a link to his website in the sidebar, where you will find a short course on global warming theory, and much more of value. I assume that lefties, convinced that those on the right are racist, sexist, etc. etc. are thus obviously wrong about anything as complex as global warming, and perfectly satisfied to let people die from our ignorance or something like that. There seem to be a lot of them, from Al Gore on, who are absolutely convinced that the Earth is about to end from the ravages of global warming.

 

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