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Global warming facts

By From page A5 | February 18, 2013

EDITOR: When the Cap and Trade bill failed in Congress, the EPA simply declared CO2 a pollutant (there’s that Orwellian reverse speak again) and proceeded to write copious tax regulations on industry that negatively impact all of us.

But CO2 is not a pollutant. It is emitted as a natural function of breathing, plants in the absence of sunlight, forest fires, oceans, volcanoes, and internal combustion engines. That’s a lot of “pollution” to blame on man. At least three glaciations have occurred since time began, so consequently there have been three global warmings … and man wasn’t around then, but the carbon cycle was. Let’s look at the facts.

The oceans maintain a constant equilibrium of dissolved gases, depending on temperature and ph throughout the world. As dissolved CO2 builds up and exceeds the equilibrium threshold, it precipitates out as calcium carbonate dropping to the sea floor. This locks up CO2 as a solid, thereby removing it as a gas from the oceans. As ocean temperatures increase, solubility of CO2 decreases and forms limestone more rapidly, as temps decrease limestone reverts back into CO2 maintaining the equilibrium. It is no secret the capacity of the oceans to contain CO2 as a gas and a solid is almost infinite.

Not only are the oceans great at modulating their CO2, they are superb at scrubbing the air. As the eternal winds blow they mix and change from diagonal to horizontal directions at ocean surfaces. This forced interface is where gas exchange takes place and is a two-way agreement. If the winds hold an abundance of CO2, it is given to the oceans, and vice versa.

There is no more beautiful natural equilibrium than the carbon cycle, and its only one barrier to excessive warming caused by CO2. There are many mitigating factors like rain, etc., however it is water vapor that comprises about 95 percent of “greenhouse gasses” contributing to peaks and valleys of global warming (now called climate change since the warming part is rather dubious). Is EPA going to start regulating that as well? And glacial melt … that is an entirely separate issue related to earth axis tilt.

So why all the fear of global warming? The carbon cycle is simple proven physics supported by history; why has it been misconstrued? Is global warming less about our environment, and more about control through more lucrative taxation?

Wake up America.

ROD KERR
Placerville

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