Dangerous slogans and other carbon things

A Dozen Global Warming Slogans
Bob Carter

For many years now, our media outlets have been awash with commentary about dangerous human-caused global warming. The coverage tends to move in spasms relating to events such as meetings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or, as at present, to government efforts to introduce penal legislation against carbon dioxide emissions in the vain belief that this will “stop global warming”.

Given that carbon dioxide is indeed a greenhouse gas (albeit a mild and diminishingly effective one at currently increasing levels of atmospheric concentration), and that some human-caused emissions accrue in the atmosphere, the question of dangerous warming was a good one to raise back in the late 1980s. Since then, with the formation of the IPCC, and a parallel huge expansion of research and consultancy money into climate studies, energy studies and climate policy, an intensive effort has been made to identify and measure the human signature in the global temperature record at a cost that probably exceeds $100 billion. And, as Kevin Rudd might put it, “You know what? No such signature has been able to be isolated and measured.” (Quadrant)

Carbon Pollution – Health Warnings Needed?

We’re told we need a carbon tax to combat dangerous carbon pollution.

The public therefore surely needs health warnings on products contaminated by this dangerous “pollutant”?

The bubbles from beer, champagne and soda water are carbon dioxide which contains 27% carbon. If carbon pollution is as bad as we are told, maybe there should be a law banning consumption of such polluting drinks in enclosed areas or public places?

Cane sugar contains a dangerously high 40% carbon, barbeque steak contains 53% carbon and fats and oils contain over 70% carbon. These products should display health warnings:

“This product contains carbon, a declared dangerous pollutant. Use of this product will cause floods and droughts, frosts and heatwaves. Exercise caution when using.”

In fact, as every food product contains carbon, there should be a health warning at the entrance of every grocery store and restaurant:

“Polluted Products Warning: All foods sold in this outlet contain carbon.”

To emphasise the danger, the health warning should be printed in green and all food products should be sold in plain wrappers. (Carbon Sense Coalition)

4 responses to “Dangerous slogans and other carbon things

  1. What??? No beans?
    They ALWAYS give me gas.

  2. If you want the truth, you need to confront the whole truth, especially in the face of an overwhelming tyranny, which is what both true science and the world are really confronted with in the seemingly solid wall of authority behind the “global warming” hysteria. Dr. Carter, and other “lukewarm” skeptics of the incompetent climate consensus, believes carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas, just not that much of one. But he and all the others who believe in the greenhouse effect hypothesis are wrong, as definitive data from Venus shows, and I have presented at

    Venus: No Greenhouse Effect

    What is tripping up all the believers in the greenhouse effect is their faith in radiative transfer theory as applied to planetary atmospheres, which is presented today as logically requiring the greenhouse effect as “explained” by the current crop of academic professors (all of whom have invested their self-esteem and their professional credibility in the theories) and the further belief that said atmospheres are basically warmed by first warming of the planetary surface, rather than directly by incident solar radiation. All of the academic authorities are incompetent (there is no other way to put this), as the Venus/Earth comparison should make obvious. Perhaps the most basic, critical mistake the theorists make is to claim that “the ground beneath the atmosphere radiates as an ideal blackbody”**, which no one who has gotten even as far as a bachelor’s degree in physics should accept. In definitive contrast, my comparison of the Venus/Earth temperatures calculates the ratio of the two planets’ radiating temperatures properly, by replacing not the planetary surface, but the total system of planet and atmosphere, with a blackbody, and the results of my analysis clearly confirm my handling of this point, and what should be the fundamental understanding concerning blackbodies, but amazingly is not. The “experts” are not expert, they are as wrong as first-year students of physics. The world is not faced with a runaway climate, but a runaway false scientific dogma.

    **These words are from Pierrehumbert, R. T., “Infrared Radiation and Planetary Temperature”, Physics Today, Jan. 2011, p. 34, Figure 1 caption.

    • Sorry Harry, underwhelmed by your linked item. The different constituents of the Venusian atmosphere make simplistic comparisons problematic – e.g. the thick clouds of sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid droplets dramatically alter the albedo/absorption profile and prevent the surface from being directly heated by insolation.

      In effect Venus is supportive of greenhouse theory because surface temperature is maintained by pressure and downwelling radiation (sunlight can not penetrate to surface because of the thick sulfurous clouds).

      Moreover no one need worry about blackbody/greybody differences when determining the veracity of downwelling atmospheric radiation – all they have to do is take an infrared thermometer and point it at the night sky. Roy Spencer has somewhat formalized such an informal demonstration here.

      Venus is not Earth and downwelling back radiation (greenhouse effect) is an observable fact. The only real contention is whether adding trivial amounts of a trace gas which also happens to be a greenhouse gas can have catastrophic effect and we find no evidence that is true.

  3. The pollutant is in terms of emissions of CO2 that raise the CO2 level in the atmosphere. That doesn’t apply to any of the cases you mention.

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