CO2 does not harm our health

CO2 does not harm our health
October 24 18:32 2016 Print This Article

Lowcountry WatchdogOne of the issues which was not covered in the three Presidential debates was climate change, which proponents say is caused by human carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. CO2 makes up only 0.04% of the atmosphere, and human activity accounts for only about 3% of that tiny concentration.

Data by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that average surface temperatures rose by less than 1 degree Fahrenheit during the 20th Century. The steepest warming trend was from 1910 to 1934, when CO2 emissions were much lower than they are today. That period included the infamous Dust Bowl, during which severe drought and soil erosion led to massive crop failure.

In contrast to the Dust Bowl era, American crop yield per acre is at a record high. CO2 is actually an invisible compound which causes no threat to human health and actually enhances plant growth.

Climate change alarmists say that sea level rises represent a threat to our civilization. NOAA records show that sea levels rose 1.1 feet during the 20th Century. Geologic records show that the South Carolina coastline once went as far inland as Columbia, where shark teeth have been excavated. During the last ice age, the coastline extended east to the outer continental shelf. Human activity had nothing to do with the changes in sea level.

The great untold story on the environment is that pollutants which do harm health, including particulates (soot), carbon monoxide, lead and sulfur dioxide have all been reduced in America by more than 60% since 1970. The Charleston area hasn’t had a smog alert since the last major fire in the Francis Marion National Forest.

Regulations aimed at restricting CO2 will cause the price of electricity and motor fuels to skyrocket. They will lower our standard of living, result in job losses and do nothing to control our temperatures or improve our environmental quality. An informed public will prevent our government from going down this ill-advised path.

Do you believe human produced CO2 emissions is the reason for global climate change?

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