“If all human activity were to disappear tomorrow, the atmosphere wouldn’t even notice…”
Actually no, Obama won’t regulate oceans and forrests. Instead, he will try to chop a part of the 3% of CO2 production that is said to be produced by human activity (and absorbed by vegetation by the way). It is a scientific fact that all known greenhouse gases comprise only about 2% of our atmosphere (the majority of our atmosphere is oxygen and nitrogen). Out of all the greenhouse gases, water vapor is more than 90% of that 2%, while CO2 is is only about 3.6% of that. Out of all the CO2, 96% is produced naturally (oceans, forrests, etc), while only 3.4% is man-made. So mankind is responsible for only 3.4% of CO2, which is only 3.6% of greenhouse gases, which are only 3% of our atmosphere. So 3.4% of 3.6% of 2% is… well – not much. (.002% of CO2 and 0.28% overall)
Just so you know what a small percentage of our atmosphere is comprised of CO2, the compound is measured in units of parts per million! So if you gather 1 million people and pick out 385 of them, you have jack squat of the whole, and that jack squat represents the CO2 proportion.
Now keep in mind that detailed CO2 records have only been kept since — wait for it — 1999! All of 10 years! Such was admitted even by the state-run Obama AP (AP: The Earth Is Doomed Because CO2 Increased Greenhouse Gasses By 0.02% Or Something). Any small increases thus must be questioned on a much larger temporal scale where no detailed measurements exist and the data must be reconstructed indirectly. The AP in that article was in a tizzy because of an apparent increase of 2 parts per million! As a scientist, my first question would be one of accuracy. For one thing, every measurement has uncertainty. For instance, lets say you weight around 385 pounds and step on ascale that reads 385.2 lbs, then step on another scale. What would you guess the other scale would read. Very likely, it won’t be 385.2. It might be 384 or 386.1. Fact is, each scientific measurement has an uncertainty to it. Most scales are accurate to +-2 lbs. So if you step on it and it says 200, you could really weight 202 or 198 or somewhere in between. The AP, of course, doesn’t say a darned thing about the uncertainty, even though they claim a significant rise of just 2 out of 385 parts per million! Are such devices that accurate? And is the CO2 concentration uniform over the entire globe. And if not, how many measurements around the planet were taken to get an average? With those considerations, their number means nothing. Yet, they are being used in part to form damaging economic policy.
Be that as it may, Obama is set to unilaterally list CO2 as a danger to public health. Even though human influence is negligible in regards to atmospheric CO2. From teh Washington Post via memeorandum: Obama administration will formally declare danger of carbon emissions
The Obama administration will formally declare Monday that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to the public’s health and welfare, a move that lays the groundwork for an economy-wide carbon cap even if Congress fails to enact climate legislation, sources familiar with the process said.
CO2 doesn’t pose a danger to the public’s health and welfare, it is rather government that does.
The move, which Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson will announce at an afternoon press conference, comes as the largest climate change conference in history gets underway in Copenhagen. It will finalize an initial “endangerment finding” by the government in April.
The endangerment finding stems from a 2007 Supreme Court decision in which the court ordered the EPA to determine whether greenhouse gases qualify as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. It could trigger a series of federal regulations affecting polluters, from vehicles to coal-fired power plants.
And how may I ask will the government regulate nature that is responsible for 98% of greenhouse gasses and almost 97% of CO2???
“An endangerment finding from the EPA could result in a top-down command-and-control regime that will choke off growth by adding new mandates to virtually every major construction and renovation project,” Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. “The devil will be in the details, and we look forward to working with the government to ensure we don’t stifle our economic recovery.”
“This action poses a threat to every American family and business if it leads to regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Such regulation would be intrusive, inefficient, and excessively costly,” said the American Petroleum Institute president Jack Gerard in a statement. …
Not to mention that it is based on garbage substituting for science. This whole endeavor is predicated on on a phenomenon, man-made global warming, that DOESN’T EXIST! CRU email leaks? Collusion? Scientific fraud? Hide the decline? Hello???