The Carbon Dioxide Word Game

AN excellent ‘re-education’ piece by Robert Lyman via Friends Of Science Calgary on the politically demonised gas of life – CO2 (Carbon Dioxide).

OUR children are being scandalously indoctrinated in the classroom to believe that colourless, odourless, tasteless trace-gas and plant food CO2 is a “pollutant.”

THE Obama administration via his extremist EPA even declared, by law, CO2 (your own breath) a “pollutant:”

The EPA on April 17 [2009] proposed new regulations to control carbon dioxide (CO2) and five other “greenhouse gases” as “pollutants” under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. While not mentioning what aspects of carbon-dioxide emissions will be regulated, the carbon dioxide emitted from automobiles and power plants is definitely on the regulation block. The first step toward costly and far-reaching regulations is that the EPA establish carbon dioxide as a regulatory “pollutant,” even though all plants need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis and all animals exhale carbon dioxide.

EPA Declares Human Breath (CO2) a Pollutant

From FOSC :

YOUNG adults in Canada today have grown up during a period when educational standards are significantly different from those of previous generations, and “environmental awareness”, was often included as a formal or informal part of the curriculum.

Yet, misconceptions abound. I was reminded of this the other day when a young woman I met expressed concern about how carbon dioxide was harming air quality and people’s health. Even the government, after all, calls carbon dioxide “pollution”.

In the interests of clarity, therefore, I thought I would offer some hard information that people might find good to have.

In brief, carbon dioxide does not harm air quality.

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Visualization of carbon dioxide (CO2) molecule

Carbon dioxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas found naturally in the earth’s atmosphere. It is produced by natural sources like volcanoes, hot springs and geysers, people and animals (including fish), the decay of organic materials, the combustion (i.e. burning) of fossil fuels, and as a by-product of some industrial processes like baking and brewing.

Plants and algae use light to photosynthesize a compound called carbohydrate from carbon dioxide and water. Carbon dioxide is the primary source of carbon life; in other words, without carbon dioxide, there would be no life on earth.

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Image of various particulate matter. “Soot” (upper left-hand image) is actually ‘”carbon” – a physical remnant of incomplete combustion of burning wood or fossil fuels. It is scientifically inaccurate to refer to the gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), as “carbon” as they are different things. http://www.chemistryexplained.com/elements/A-C/Carbon.html

Carbon dioxide is an essential element in human respiration; people breathe out about 40,000ppm (parts per million) CO2 with every breath.

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The quality of the air we breathe is sometimes impaired by certain contaminants, and it helps to know what these are. The main ones are:

  • Particulate matter: Particulates are tiny drops of liquid and solid particles, the size of dust or smaller, suspended in the air. They come mainly from agriculture, construction and dust from roads, although various industrial sources play a role. Along with ozone, it is a major component of smog and, at high levels, can harm human health. (Often referred to as PM2.5 or PM10 – meaning Particulate Matter smaller than 2.5 or 10 microns in size.)
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    Chart showing diverse forms of airborne particulate matter according to size range.

    Nitrogen oxide: Nitrogen dioxide is a reddish-brown toxic gas with an irritating smell. Exposure to high levels of nitrogen dioxide can cause breathing problems and reduced lung function, and it is a component of acid rain.

  • Ground-level ozone: Low-level ozone is a colourless gas that is formed through a chemical reaction of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds in sunlight. The major sources of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds are transportation, oil and natural gas production, electricity generation, home heating and even the burning of firewood. At high levels, ground-level ozone can cause breathing problems, lung damage, and asthma attacks in humans and damage to sensitive vegetation.
  • Sulphur dioxide: Sulphur dioxide is a colourless and toxic gas that smells bad. It is caused both by natural sources and by human activity, the most important of which are smelting and refining, electricity generation, heating, and oil and gas production and other industries. Sulphur dioxide in high concentrations can contribute to breathing and heart problems, especially among infants and the elderly.
  • Carbon monoxide: Unlike carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide is a highly toxic gas that is caused by the incomplete burning of oil, natural gas and coal. High levels of carbon monoxide can cause dizziness, unconsciousness, and even death.

AirPollutantEmissions_Nat_EN envir can 1990 to 2015

Environment Canada chart shows decline in noxious emissions from 1990  https://www.ec.gc.ca/indicateurs-indicators/default.asp?lang=En&n=E79F4C12-1

So, carbon dioxide does not affect air quality. It is, in effect, plant food. Those who call it air pollution are trying to present carbon dioxide as something it is not, in order to further a political agenda.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Years ago I asked a younger cousin if she was learning the 3-R’s in school. ” Yep, reduce, re-use and recycle .” Combine that with report cards designed to raise self-esteem. Participation trophies .
    Achievement has been turned into a zero – sum pariah, you can only excel at the expense of others. Don’t compete. Instead, you should love the Earth and it will love you in return. Bliss.
    They graduate public school primed as Socialists.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Sonnyhill. Yeah this Reduce,Reuse & Recycle and they have even written some dumb song about it and i can remember a idiotic TV commercial as well. And the lies about CO2 soon they’ll inact laws to regulate or ban CO2 just like with many leading Pesticies(Like DDT)all based upon lies and Junk Science

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    Sonnyhill

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    Guilt complex is the name of the game.
    Shame on you for filling your tank with fuel.
    Shame on you for adjusting a thermostat.
    Shame on you for exhaling CO2.
    Pay a sin tax to the ruling class and we’ll let you continue your selfish ways.
    No, Spurwing, they won’t ban CO2, it’s useful.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Every time you see some liberal enviromental minded woman on her bike think of Elvira Gulch(Margret Hamilton)from The Wizard of Oz on her bike and the wankos cyclists giving motorists rude gestures while they hog the road you want to come up behind the jerks and blow your horn at them and scare their panties off

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