It is a well-advertised fact that putting CO2 (usually referred to as “carbon” ***) into the atmosphere causes global warming. My problems with this idea are that 1) the planet is barely, almost imperceptibly warming, and 2) CO2’s role in this mild warming is very tiny. The demonization of carbon dioxide is another agenda, having nothing to do with warming, and everything to do with command and control, population reduction, and perpetuation of poverty, especially in Africa. Climate Change is in large part a racist agenda.
So, I say CO2 is not a cause of warming. Where are my facts? There are quite a few “greenhouse gases,” the primary ones being water vapor, CO2, and methane. The latter two, CO2 and methane, pale in significance to water vapor, which is the cause of 95% of the so-called greenhouse effect. That is more than twenty six times that of CO2, and over 237 times that of methane. So that if we truly wanted to stop or slow down the greenhouse effect, we would be sequestering water, not CO2.
But do we want to do that? Of course not. Our planet’s global average temperature, according to satellite data, is 59°F. That is why Earth is such a nice place to live.
CO2 is responsible for 3.6% of the greenhouse effect. The current level in the atmosphere is 415ppm, or parts per million. What if everything else stayed the same, and CO2 levels, which we are increasing by 3ppm per year, got to the ungodly level of 445ppm in the next ten years. What percentage of the greenhouse effect would it then be? 3.86%.
But that is not the way it works. The greenhouse effect is but one way that the planet stays at a level temperature. Also, CO2 does not create any heat. That all comes from the sun, and due to conservation of energy, the amount of it in our atmosphere stays constant. Every day a certain amount of solar energy enters our atmosphere, and every night that same amount is radiated out.
Solar radiation enters the atmosphere with maybe 30% of it reflected back by clouds, aerosols and the surface of the planet. Solar energy blows right by greenhouse gases. They do not absorb it.
Every night the earth sends back most of the solar radiation collected during the day in the form of long wave infrared radiation. Greenhouse gases do indeed catch those waves, and re-emit them in all directions, so that perhaps 50% of them go back into space, with the rest retained.
The retained radiation is the greenhouse effect, and it does indeed cause planetary warming. But wait! I said the average planetary temperature was 59°F, and has been at that level for decades, increasing at the modest rate of perhaps 2°F per century. In other words, our planet is habitable due to this warmth. Without the greenhouse effect, the global average temperature would be 1°F, and we would have long ago frozen. In fact, we would never have come to be.
The temperature maintains a steady level due to equilibrium, the same effects day in and day out operating at the same level. There are many other forces at work to keep us comfortable, and I have described but one. Climate science is very complicated, but do not tell this to climate alarmists, who are reductionist. They want to blame CO2 for a tragedy that is not even happening. In fact, CO2 levels in climate history of the planet have been as high as 7,000ppm, and even so, ice ages followed.
CO2 is not dangerous, does not cause global warming (the current levels of which began perhaps around 1680, the bottom trough of the Little Ice Age). CO2 is our source of food and the oxygen we breathe, and importantly, does not drive warming to any degree that should cause alarm. That is all about politics and propaganda.
All of these supposed “scientists” who have reached “consensus” (as if science even operated that way) could not, if pressed, explain why the greenhouse effect, with us since the planet was formed, suddenly became dangerous. They have their heads in a dark place, but at least that place is warm.
***Saying “carbon” instead of “carbon dioxide”, implies for the average non-scientific person that CO2, which is invisible and odorless, is , like carbon, dark and dirty.