My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Monday, September 29, 2008

CO2 increases 3% in 2007....

No surprise. We have been saying for a long time that CO2 emissions will continue to go up. This is largely being driven by China and India.
The world pumped up its pollution of the chief man-made global warming gas last year, setting a course that could push beyond leading scientists' projected worst-case scenario, international researchers said Thursday.

The new numbers, called "scary" by some, were a surprise because scientists thought an economic downturn would slow energy use. Instead, carbon dioxide output jumped 3 percent from 2006 to 2007.

The pollution leader was China, followed by the United States, which past data show is the leader in emissions per person in carbon dioxide output. And while several developed countries slightly cut their CO2 output in 2007, the United States churned out more.

Still, it was large increases in China, India and other developing countries that spurred the growth of carbon dioxide pollution to a record high of 9.34 billion tons of carbon (8.47 billion metric tons). Figures released by science agencies in the United States, Great Britain and Australia show that China's added emissions accounted for more than half of the worldwide increase. China passed the United States as the No. 1 carbon dioxide polluter in 2006.
I hate it when they refer to CO2 as pollution. It isn't.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just think of all the happy plants out there on the planet . . . more tons of plant fertilizer from their human buddies.

And all that CO2 did what to global temperature ??

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, CO2 is not "pollution", it's a greenhouse gas. It contributes to the greenhouse effect. Greenhouses let in radiant energy (light) but don't let the reflected infrared energy (heat) out. That's why you can grow plants in them when it's warm out. Does that seem like a good thing to do to the Earth? I personally like things as they are, and don't see a need to mess with a good thing. Hence, curbing emissions is the cautious, "conservative" course of action. Right?

9:07 PM  

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