Thursday, May 18, 2006

:: adgruntie :: Propoganda claims CO2 is good for Earth

+ Crock-a-doodle-doo...that's what I call CEI's new advertising campaign...more like a propaganda campaign than anything else. In one spot, a little girl blows away dandelion fluff as an announcer says, "Carbon dioxide: they call it pollution; we call it life." Right.

According a person who posted this at MetaFilter, the group is funded heavily by oil companies such as Exxon-Mobil. Wow what a surprise. Perhaps they'll have another record quarter too!

I do love this comment by a mefi reader: "Of course CO2 is good for a planet. Look what it did for Venus!"

What exactly is this group? There's a bit on it here.
It postures as an advocate of "sound science" in the development of public policy. In fact, it is an ideologically-driven, well-funded front for corporations opposed to safety and environmental regulations that affect the way they do business.

More about it here too.

From a Nov 2005 BBC article:
Over a five year period commencing in 1999, scientists working with the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (Epica) have drilled 3,270m into the Dome C ice, which equates to drilling nearly 900,000 years back in time.

Gas bubbles trapped as the ice formed yield important evidence of the mixture of gases present in the atmosphere at that time, and of temperature.

"One of the most important things is we can put current levels of carbon dioxide and methane into a long-term context," said project leader Thomas Stocker from the University of Bern, Switzerland.

"We find that CO2 is about 30% higher than at any time, and methane 130% higher than at any time; and the rates of increase are absolutely exceptional: for CO2, 200 times faster than at any time in the last 650,000 years."
It's also doubtful that anyone who lost friends or family in the explosion of Lake Nyos in Cameroon in 1986 or miners who died from "choke damp" (def.=a damp consisting principally of carbonic acid gas; -- so called from its extinguishing flame and animal life) would say that carbon dioxide is life.

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