SEARCH BLOG: CO2 and GLOBAL WARMING
Having recovered from the ice ages of the 1970s, fringe groups [must read this] are now trying to frighten the world with tales of runaway CO2 heating of earth's atmosphere... perhaps to something like this...?
Venus is blanketed with a thick layer of non-anthropogenic [naturally occurring] carbon dioxide. Of course, when you compare Earth to Venus, there are some differences despite the similarities in size.
- Venus is about 67 million miles from the sun; Earth is about 93 million miles. There is something about being closer to the sun that makes a planet warmer.
- Venus' atmosphere is 96% CO2; Earth's atmosphere is ≈ 0% CO2
Earth's greenhouse gas is primarily water... H2O; Venus has virtually no H2O
Ooops... Earth's CO2 levels were significantly higher in it's geological past with periods of temperatures colder than present averages:
Ooops... of course, there is that pesky issue that increases in Earth's CO2 levels have followed increases in temperatures... not preceded them.
Above two slides from a presentation by Dr. Tim Patterson, Professor of Geology at
Given these basic flaws in the IPCC thinking regarding the drivers of climate change and Earth's CO2 levels, one has to presume that a CO2 molecule looks like this to them...
Conveniently disregarding science and to save us all from our consuming ways, the Obama Administration is... shall we say... hot to pass legislation to "cap" CO2.
Of course, human release of CO2 into the atmosphere is a minuscule portion of a trace gas.But let's go ahead and ruin our economy despite that inconvenient fact. And then when the next cyclical cooling hits full force, those same fringe elements that are using bad science to predict all manner of heating disasters can predict a new ice age again... and the need for different governmental controls rather than simply accepting climate variability as, gee, something we can adapt to by not getting government in the way.