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The Tax Watchers: CO2 has nothing to do with global warming – Fairfield Daily Republic

If you get your news from Old Media (ABC, CBS, etc), you probably think that climate change is a problem. Politicians are creating rules and programs to cope with what they say is a coming catastrophe. Let’s take a closer look at this “problem.”

In the first half of the 2oth century, seasons were unusually cold. We were told a new Ice Age was coming. It didn’t.

Then in the late 1970s, atmospheric temperatures began rising slowly. Academics changed their tune: Now we were facing global warming. They needed an explanation; they blamed it on carbon dioxide (CO2). Politicians and the media jumped on the new bandwagon.

From every corner came predictions that the world faced calamity from increasing CO2, caused by our carbon-based economy – gasoline, plastics and such. As temperatures rose, they warned, Arctic ice would melt and sea levels would rise, inundating coastal areas like our own Suisun City. Polar bears would become extinct. More hurricanes would ravage our shores. Drought would turn parts of the planet into deserts, leading to worldwide starvation.

Environmental scientists and academics saw a chance to snare publicity and government research grants. They faked data to fit their theory. They produced computer models that predicted environmental disaster by the end of this century. (Note that weather computers can’t get it 100% right a week out, much less 80 years from now.)

Politicians saw an opening to enact laws they couldn’t otherwise. They want us to be afraid.

Then in the late 1990s, global temperatures stopped rising. What to do?

No sweat. Call it climate change. Everyone knows that climate changes. Nobody’s going to argue. Same story, new name.

Here’s the truth.

Real scientists have records showing that global temperatures have been much warmer and much colder many times in the past. For example, around 700 years ago, the northern hemisphere got so warm that Vikings established a colony on a large island they called Greenland. Then, a couple hundred years later, climate turned cold – Greenland began to look like it does today – and the Vikings abandoned the place.

What about CO2?

Carbon is one of the most common elements in the universe. It’s everywhere in some form, including CO2 – which has been in much higher concentrations than today.

But here’s the problem with the climate change story: CO2 has almost no effect on temperature. It’s a tiny fraction of 1% of atmospheric gases.

Furthermore, careful analysis of geologic records reveals that atmospheric CO2 concentration actually lags behind global temperatures; that is, the Earth’s atmosphere gets warmer before CO2 concentration increases. How can this be?

The main reason is that most of the CO2 is stored in the oceans. The colder the water, the more gas is kept in solution. As oceans warm, they can’t retain as much and release it into the atmosphere.

You can prove this yourself by seeing how much fizz is in your cold soda, and how much less as it warms.

Bottom line: CO2 has nothing to do with global warming.

Earth’s climate is always changing. It depends on how much energy our sun sends us; and it’s only noticeable over long periods of time. The premise that mankind can affect Earth’s climate to any significant degree is nonsense.

So what’s going to happen? I don’t know; but I’d bet that Earth is not going to turn into popcorn – and the polar bears are going to do just fine.

So why do politicians keep making plans to head off catastrophic temperature increases? And spending our tax dollars on fake science? Ask them.

John Takeuchi lives in Fairfield and is a member of the Central Solano Citizen/Taxpayer Group. He served two terms on the Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee.