The Herald Bulletin

February 13, 2014

Viewpoint: Climate change is real, caused by us

By Dick Allen
Anderson resident

---- — Hello, boys and girls, here’s the truth about climate change. Not only is it real, but we caused it. Ice cores drilled in the arctic show that CO2 was 280 ppm (parts per million) in pre-industrial times prior to the 19th century. But in the summer of 2013, climate scientist told the writers at Discovery the magazine of science we have now reached a milestone. CO2 in the mid Pacific measured 400 parts per million.

That doesn’t sound like much, but 800 parts per million will melt all the ice on Earth and raise the sea level by over 90 feet. You see, gasses like CO2 and methane resonate at the infrared frequency and trap heat from the sun. But as the planet warms, other things start to happen. The permafrost (which is frozen swamp land) in places like Greenland and Siberia start to melt also. As they continue rotting they release methane, which is 10 times worse at trapping heat than CO2. Eventually, frozen deposits of CO2 and methane hydrate numbering in the millions of tons, lying on the bottom of the oceans will start to melt making the water bubble like soda pop. And like soda pop dissolves your teeth, the oceans have already absorbed enough CO2, to began to dissolve coral reefs and crustacean like crabs, lobsters and oysters.

The climate scientist who predicted this would happen some 40 years ago said “If I’m right, we’ll start seeing records broken for rainfall, drought, heat, cold, storm severity and polar ice cap melt nearly every season.” Look around. Sir Brian Hoskins of the Royal Society said that the “400 ppm milestone should jolt governments into action.” The National Geographic noted “the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is this high for the first time in 55 years of measurement, and probably more than 3 million years of Earth history.”

What’s causing all this calamity? Simple, Too many people! That’s all. So when you think about voting to restrict birth control, or even abortion, remember every baby, wanted or not, will put hundreds of tons of CO2 in the atmosphere burning fossil fuel to enjoy the good life, just like us. But we can’t continue this. We are really gambling now. At some point, no matter what we do, we won’t be able to stop the thermal runaway.