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THE SCIENCE

A myth has been sold to the public - CO2 is NOT a pollutant and is NOT a major cause of climate change

Man-made CO2's responsibility for global warming, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, melting ice and rising seas is a myth that has been sold to the public.  Regulatory, judicial, and legislative actions are proposed that will drastically harm our economy, consumers' energy costs, disposable income, employment and the U.S. global competitive position.  The U.S. economy may not recover for decades from the ill-advised taxes, regulations, and rulings.

31,478 American scientists have signed this petition

click to enlarge "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."
Source: PlantsNeedCo2.org 

     

Earth's history - CO2 range (180 ppm - 7,000 ppm) - Now it's 385 ppm and the world is doomed?

Throughout the last 500 million years of Earth's 4.6 billion year history, CO2 levels have ranged between 180 parts per million ("ppm") to 7,000 ppm in our atmosphere and currently stands at only 385 ppm.  Our atmosphere is 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% greenhouse gases ("GHG") and other trace gases.  Water vapor is 95% of all GHGs and is responsible for clouds, humidity, rain, sleet and snow.  CO2 is a small, but very important contributor to Earth's ecosystem. Source PlantsNeedCO2.org


Now what humans exhale (CO2) is labeled a health hazard by the EPA?

Did you know that you exhale 40,000 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 with every breath?

As humans emit CO2 when we breathe, it is illogical to assert that CO2 is a direct health hazard.  Nonetheless, CO2 has been unjustly vilified and is currently under review by the EPA for an "Endangerment Finding" that CO2 is hazard to humanity.  Judicial review has found that the EPA could consider CO2 as a pollutant.  CO2 has been identified as a cause of global warming and legislation has been proposed to raise taxes, raise consumer energy prices, and, in theory, to reduce CO2 emissions. 

Most of the early scientific studies that have led to the Supreme Court rulings, and EPA Endangerment Finding, have not given accurate account of the 18 climate drivers that are responsible for global warming.  Indeed, the sun's effect has been mandated to be held constant whereas there are many observations  that the sun's effects are variable.  Since CO2 is only 0.0385% of the Earth's atmosphere and modern science indicates it has a very small impact on global warming - other factors are much more important. Source: PlantsNeedCO2.org

It is hard to justify the importance that CO2 has been given in the global warming debate. 


Eliminate CO2 and human life ceases to exist

CO2 is necessary to plant and animal life on Earth. Unfortunately, the positive effects of CO2 in our atmosphere have not been given proper consideration within the legislative, judicial, and regulatory proceedings.  Plant photosynthesis processes use CO2 for growth and create oxygen.  More CO2 in the atmosphere will increase plant growth as thousands of controlled greenhouse research records prove.  These same studies prove that most plants do not grow at CO2 concentration of less than 150 ppm.  They further demonstrate that a rise in CO2 levels from 280 ppm to 385 ppm has increased average plant growth and required less water consumption to accomplish that growth. Source: PlantsNeedCO2.org


Is CO2 a Pollutant?

Of all the myths quoted, calling carbon dioxide a pollutant is the worst - it's simply is not true!  Myth: CO2 is a pollutant.  Fact: Totally false. We challenge you to prove otherwise. CO2 is in our every breath, in the carbonated sodas and waters that we drink and in the dry ice that helps us keep our food cold and safe. We breathe in 385 parts per million and then exhale 40,000 parts per million with no ill effects.  We breathe the 40,000 ppm into victims needing CPR and it does not cause them to die!   The monitoring systems in U.S. submarines do not provide an alert until CO2 levels reach 8,000 ppm which is higher that natural CO2 levels have been on Earth in the last 540 million years. CO2 is a great airborne fertilizer which, as its concentrations rise, causes additional plant growth and causes plants to need less water. Without CO2 there would be no life (food) on Earth. The 100 ppm of CO2 added to the atmosphere since the start of the industrial revolution has caused an average increase in worldwide plant growth of 12 percent and of 18 percent for trees. Source: PlantsNeedCO2.org


Is Earth Warming?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) computer model forecasts have already missed their earlier predictions, including the current global cooling.  None of the 20 plus model forecasts predicted by the IPCC accounted for the current eight year cooling that is occurring in spite of a continuous 24/7 rise in atmospheric CO2.  Source: PlantsNeedCO2.org


What is Causing the Cooling?

If you guessed the sun, you are correct.  The sun supplies over 99% of the heat to Earth's surface.  Not only is this statement true, but the amount of solar (sun's) irradiance or heat leaving the sun does vary.  A well followed example is the length of the sunspot cycles. The shorter the sunspot cycles , the cooler Earth generally becomes. Source: PlantsNeedCO2.org

     



THE ECONOMICS

Economic Harm Would be Gigantic

The economic harm that the legislative, regulatory and judicial attacks on CO2 will cause is gigantic.   The existing energy infrastructure was built in the last 80 years and will take an equally long period to replace with improved technology.  Industry has spent billions of dollars to reduce emissions and pollutants.  Now it is being asked to reduce a non-pollutant. Technologies are being tested that will further improve emission standards.  In the foreseeable future, all forms of  hydrocarbons are needed to power the world economy, employment, and provide for people's daily needs.  If the U.S. moves to the most expensive energy sources, the economic impact will be suicidal.


How to make the U.S. a Third World Country?  Regulate CO2

The utilization of oil (40% of U.S. energy supply), natural gas (21% of U.S. energy supply) and coal (23% of U.S. energy supply) have provided for the world's best standard of living for its citizens.  Raising energy prices will lower our citizen's standard of living and reduce U.S. producers' competitive position in global markets.  The reduction in U.S. economic activity will reduce U.S. employment and increased energy prices will reduce consumer disposable income. 

"Green jobs" will also suffer in a reduced U.S. and world economy.  A major academic study in Spain found that every 1 'green' job destroys 2.2 existing jobs.

     

 


 CO2 is Not a Pollutant

Humans inhale and exhale CO2 with every breath. How could anyone expect you to believe it is a human health hazard? Read more >>

 Is Earth Warming?

NO: The Inconvenient Truth: The World is now cooling, not warming. Read more>> 

What is the causing the cooling?
If you guessed the sun.
You are correct >>

 Why Do People Believe These Myths?

  • They sincerely think they are helping the Earth, when in fact, they are doing the opposite.  Read more>>
  • They have been misinformed by people that benefit financially from propagating the myth.

 What Skeptics Are Saying 
The relationship of CO2 and Global Warming is sparking conversations around the world. Here are comments from known individuals and organizations on the topic. Notable Quotes >> News Blog >>


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