We must end the mistaken idea that carbon emissions cause global warming and climate change. Carbon emissions have no effect on either. The mistake occurred when scientists examining ice core samples noticed that every warm period in history was accompanied by high levels of carbon and jumped to a conclusion that the carbon caused the warming.
A better conclusion would have been that the heat to warm the area resulted from combustion, burning hydrocarbons, wood, grass, trees. The products of combustion are heat and carbon products. The heat warmed the globe and the carbon products are air pollutant. The carbon products are in two forms, depending on the efficiency of combustion, carbon dioxide and free carbon (smoke). Natural gas is more efficient and is higher in carbon dioxide while coal is less efficient and results in more smoke.
Carbon dioxide is a transparent gaslike oxygen and nitrogen and does not block heat transmission. A natural component of the atmosphere, it doesn’t block transmission so it cannot block heat and has no effect on heating the globe. Free carbons are an atmospheric pollutant and like any pollutant it blocks heat transmission, more solar radiation is blocked than global emissions, so there is a reduction of global heat or the globe is cooled by smoke from combustion.
Carbon emissions have no effect on global warming or climate change.
The meeting of climate scientists in Kyoto, Japan, in 2007 came to the conclusion that carbon emissions caused global warming, we now know that they were wrong.
Environmentalists all believed this and started a campaign to eliminate carbon emissions before they caused drastic temperature increases and destroyed the planet. When President Obama was elected in 2005, he adopted this theory as a goal of his presidency; he would save the planet by reducing carbon emissions.
He declared “war” on fossil fuels. He restricted drilling for oil and gas. He shut down the coal industry, our lowest cost and most abundant energy supply, by having the EPA lower the emission standards until plants were forced to close. We had to purchase our energy overseas, imposing a burden on our economy of $700 billion. The price of oil increased. Private companies were responsible for our energy independence but our president claimed the credit. His energy policy and his universal health care would have driven the collapse of our economy.
We have gone from our first president who could not tell a lie to our current president who could not tell the truth about carbon emissions. His energy policy plus spending have made our choice of our next president vital to our future. While the Democrats are obligated to support the last seven years, the Republicans must explain how their silence on the carbon emissions allowed the issue to destroy our economy.