Carbon Pollution

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 15, 2010

With the repeated snowstorms of this winter, some say the debate over “global warming” is over. Others beg to differ.

There is a matter of semantics. The problem is too much CO2 in the atmosphere, upsetting the balance that has evolved over billions of years. The greenhouse effect of the excess carbon, and the climate change that results, is one of the symptoms of this disease. The changing ph balance in the oceans is another one, and there may be others. PG suggests that “carbon pollution” may be a better phrase for this condition.

There are people whose fortunes are threatened by measures to reduce carbon pollution. These people…largely the oil industry…have lots of money to spend. When you consider that many of the “deniers’ are inclined to agree that carbon pollution is not a problem, you see what an easy sell this can be.

It is perhaps unfortunate that Al Gore is a leader in warning about carbon pollution. He is a politician, perceived as liberal, who has enemies. Many of the “conservatives” who hate him are “deniers”. Some of these people are persuaded by rhetorical cheap tricks.

Recently, a computer in England was hacked, and documents from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) were stolen. Some of these documents show shady dealings in the treatment of data. Many are calling this “climategate”, and saying that it is the death of concern over carbon pollution.

There are investigations ongoing into the hacking of the computer. It seems that the hacking took place in the Eastern USA or Canada, and was a sophisticated affair. The money quote :
“All of this indicates that the hacker was no 14 year old in their parents basement but a professional with an agenda. Sir David King, the UK’s former chief scientist, concluded the complex theft was the work of US-based climate deniers backed by carbon money or a foreign government.”

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