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Myths / Facts COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING

Friends of Science

There is no date on this site so I can’t reference when this was written.  This is great little article in Question / Answer format (or in this case Myth / Fact).  I have heard many of these statements before but it is good to read them on one site for evaluation.  The Friends of Science site is fairly critical of the concept of global warming and in some cases I think their answers and articles could be slightly more balanced.  Definitely an article worth spending some time on.

I have included all of the Myth statements below but have intentionally edited for brevity the Fact statement.  Click through to get the whole article.

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A Resonating Rebuke Over Greenhouse Gases

The news is rampant this morning regarding the Supreme Court decision yesterday that carbon dioxide is a substance that can be regulated by the EPA.

This is a verbatim repeat of an article this morning in the WSJ Online morning newsletter.  This is the first time I have ever reproduced an article on this blog and I am only doing it because few of you (perhaps none) will be able to access the complete article.  I suggest that you go to www.wsj.com to subscribe so that you can read this article from the original source.

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Pump Games: Fill Up With Ethanol? One Obstacle is Big Oil

Wall Street Journal Online – April 2, 2007

This article is relevant to all people, if you believe in global warming or not.  Regardless of your beliefs, there are very strong geopolitical reasons to break the liquid fuel monopoly that oil has on the modern day human population.  Efforts to create a viable source of liquid (or gaseous) fuel that can be used to fuel our insatiable transportation needs are very important in the world economy.  It would be great if that alternative liquid fuel would be more eco-friendly causing less pollution and it wouldn’t hurt to have it spit out more CO2 regardless of whether carbon dioxide is affecting climate change or not.

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Gore And Global Warming: Bring Your Skepticism

The Bulletin – February 28, 2007

This is a great article.  The article discusses other potential causes of global warming than human action.  It also takes a fairly cynical look at the politics of the money involved.  If you have an open mind on global warming issues, this article is well worth your time.

Beyond the natural carbon cycle and greenhouse warming, there are some other serious causal explanations for global warming. Among the suspects are, of all things, the sun and its fellow stars.

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Recognizing Forests’ Role in Climate Change

Union of Concerned Scientists – February 16, 2006

This article does a very good job of describing the role that forests play in the carbon cycle. The article describes the US forests and their role and current standing as carbon sinks. It makes a fairly strong argument of using increased forestation to reduce the threat of fossil fuel burning. The article also points out that in many parts of the world there is an effort in place to reduce forest size so that the land may be used for other purposes.

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Duke to press for emissions cap

Charlotte Business Journal – January 19, 2007

This article discusses what several companies are doing to “get green”. The big question here is if they are doing this because they believe in global warming or are they doing this because they think it is good for business.

Duke Energy Corp. is seeking a federal cap on carbon-dioxide emissions at the same time the company is pushing for state approval to build two coal plants at its Cliffside facility in North Carolina.

Ten major companies, including Charlotte-based Duke (NYSE:DUK), are partnering with environmental groups to call for a nationwide limit on carbon-dioxide emissions that would lead to reductions of 10 to 30 percent over the next 15 years, according to The New York Times.

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How do we know that recent CO2 increases are due to human activities?

RealClimate – December 22, 2004

This is a very good article that answers the basic scientific question of how we know the source of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The simple testing is very similar to the way that archeologists can find the age of ancient ruins – they do carbon testing. Since the carbon in fossil fuels has depleted its supply of C14, and the volume of CO2 in the atomosphere is increasing in non-C14 amounts, we can assume that it did not come from recent sources.

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A New Global Warming Strategy: How Environmentalists are Overlooking Vegetarianism as the Most Effective Tool Against Climate Change in Our Lifetimes

Earthsave International

This is an interesting analysis. The article basically says that we are foolish to be focusing on CO2 as a potential for the greenhouse gas effect for global warming. Rather, we should be focused on methane. While I am not sure that I totally by into the suggestion that the solution of this problem is that the human race should become vegetarians, the article does point out many good points. If this article is true, why are we spending billions of dollars to reduce CO2 emissions if it is not the true culprit?

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