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Carbon Dioxide Surges At A Record Pace

The science on climate change is clear: Global warming is taking place, and is largely due to human activities, including the emission of carbon dioxide from industry and transportation.

For people who believe that facts matter, there was some very bad news yesterday. Not only is the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere higher than it has been at any other time in human history, but last year, the rate of CO2 increase surged ahead to the fastest pace ever recorded. So, not only is the

We see the consequences all around us. It’s still wintertime, but in the northern United States, people have been experiencing summertime temperatures this week. Earlier this week, Central Park in New York City was filled with people wearing shorts. Flowers that normally come out at the end of April are emerging in mid-March. In the Arctic, the extent of sea ice has been at record lows for the time of year for two months straight.

arctic sea ice chart

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio seems not to be among those who believe that facts matter. Last night at the Republican debate, he was asked if he would accept the scientific consensus that climate change is real and is due to human activity. Rubio scoffed at the question, declaring that, “The climate has always been changing! There’s never been a time when the climate has not changed. I think the fundamental question for a policy maker is, is the climate changing because of something we are doing and if so, is there a law you can pass to fix it?… We do need to deal with that through mitigation, and I have long supported mitigation efforts, but as far as a law that we can pass in Washington to change the weather, there’s no such thing.”

Mitigation means just dealing with the consequences of climate change. It means just taking the blows of the massive damage that it causes to the economy and to human lives. It means that Miami, Florida will just have to build sea walls higher and higher, and farmers will just have to find ways to deal with heat and drought that withers their crops.

Marco Rubio won’t acknowledge the mountain of scientific evidence that unusual climate change is taking place and that human activities are responsible for it. He doesn’t want our government to take any action, except to just spend a lot of money to deal with the damage as climate change continues to accelerate. He says there’s nothing that the U.S. federal government can do about it.

Marco Rubio is wrong. We need carbon dioxide emissions to be dramatically reduced, and instead, they are dramatically increasing. There’s a great deal that the government can do about that… but Marco Rubio’s donors in the fossil fuels industry won’t like it.

5 thoughts on “Carbon Dioxide Surges At A Record Pace”

  1. Al Hopfmann says:

    How many mature trees are there in the world?
    How does that compare to the US national debt?
    How does the total biomass of vegetation other than trees compare to the total biomass of trees?
    How does the heat of combustion of the average vegetative biomass in the world compare to the heat of combustion of “fossil fuels”?
    How does the equivalent heat of combustion of microbial decomposition of total vegetative biomass compare to the direct combustion of total vegetative biomass?
    How do the “greenhouse gasses” produced by microbial vegetative decomposition compare to the “greenhouse gasses” produced by combustion of “fossil fuels” , qualitatively and quantitatively?
    How can anyone objectively make valid conclusions about the actual causes of “global climate change/pollution/ozone layer depletion/global warming” controversy without first at least attempting a comprehensive effort to answer these questions?

  2. John says:

    Hey! I have a GREAT idea!!!! Just impose a WORLD WIDE CARBON TAX!!!!! That will solve the problem!!!!!! Sounds like a libtard thing to do to me!!!!!!

    1. John says:

      The progressive left will need a way to finance it’s new One World Government that it’s pushing so hard for right? What better way than to have a convenient world wide tax to kick it off???? Man you lefties are a gullible bunch. The idea of big brother running the world probably sounds like a leftist paradise!!!! Just imagine all the social programs and free handouts to make poor saps depend on their very livelihood from the government!!!!! YAY!!!!!

  3. J Clifford says:

    With Al & John, we see the Trumpist point of view:

    1) Ignore the science
    2) Call scientists names
    3) Do nothing to stop the accelerating problem
    4) Rant and rave rather than offering solutions
    5) Use lots of exclamation points and rhetorical questions to try to mask ignorance of scientific data that has been available to read for many, many years

    This isn’t responsible. We need the next President to be someone serious, who acknowledges the real problems we face, rather than concocting plans to build gigantic walls hundreds of miles long.

    1. John says:

      ROFLMAO ” use lots of exclamation points and rhetorical questions to try and mask ignorance of scientific data that has been available to read for many many years”. Wow this is about as solid as your proclamation that the theory of evolution is no longer a theory. Not quite sure what liberal left wing source you obtain your biased information from to further your progressive agenda, but let me shine a little Ray of truth onto this subject that you clearly know nothing about:

      * Human activities currently release about 37 billion metric tons of CO2 per year, WHICH EQUATES TO ABOUT 5% OF NATURAL CO2 emissions. Natural processes absorb the equivalent of all natural emissions plus about 57% of man-made emissions, leaving an additional 16 billion metric tons of CO2 in the atmosphere each year.[36]

      I’m sure your well aware of the fact that CO2 is the main gas responsible for the stated green house effect. So where on those numbers do you come to the conclusion that man is the primary cause of global warming? Considering the fact that humans are only responsible for 5% of the CO2 emissions on the planet? I can’t wait to hear you rationalize this one. The real fact of the matter is that your explanation is just as much of a theory as evolution. But because it fits in with your globalist left wing progressive mindset you will blindly back the theory regardless of the fact that there are just as many valid reports, done by well respected scientist, that show mankind NOT BEING RESPONSIBLE for global warming. Like I said before, “global warming” is another sly way for the left to increase big government into everybody’s lives. Libtards won’t be happy until wells vision on 1982 has come to total fruition.

      Not one exclamation point used in the making of this response.

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