I just watched Mike Adams, ‘The Health Ranger’, throw in his two cents ‘debunking Al Gore’s Co2 Claim’. It was painful to watch and the writing of this article is for me cathartic. I don’t want to spend the rest of my evening annoyed at his idiocy, after all.
Instead of focusing on climate change itself in this article, I’m going to do my best to address Mike Adams’ assertions directly and call bullshit where I see it.
Is Co2 Evil?
Mike Adams repeats, several times during the video; which I will place at the bottom of the article to supply full context, that Al Gore claims that C02 is evil, and a pollutant. What struck me immediately is that to my knowledge, Al Gore has never claimed that C02 is evil. It struck me that this was bullshit. I decided to google the following search: Al Gore says Co2 is evil.
Here’s the top two searches –
Do the search yourself, see what comes up. But suffice to say, it already smells like a straw man argument; Mike Adams defending C02 against the non existent accusation of it being evil. Of course both infowars and prisonplanet are publications run by the Alex Jones network. That’s fine, that’s not in and of itself completely damning; after all there’s a few conspiracies mixed into the hundreds they froth at the mouth about that warrant close examination and more public awareness, but it does give you an indication of the platform Mike Adams’ is peddling his bullshit on.
But I got to thinking. I’d be amazed if someone can find me a quote from Al Gore where he calls C02 evil. That’s preposterous and stupid. Take away the C02 from the atmosphere, and there exists no life here on Earth. But might he have called it a pollutant? Well, it’s definitely not a pollutant in and of itself, but in the context of adding to the greenhouse gas effect, it might be referred to as a pollutant. So I widened my search parameters. The below is an excerpt from a blog written by Al Gore.
Yesterday, for the first time in human history, concentrations of carbon dioxide, the primary global warming pollutant, hit 400 parts per million in our planet’s atmosphere. This number is a reminder that for the last 150 years — and especially over the last several decades — we have been recklessly polluting the protective sheath of atmosphere that surrounds the Earth and protects the conditions that have fostered the flourishing of our civilization. We are altering the composition of our atmosphere at an unprecedented rate. Indeed, every single day we pour an additional 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the sky as if it were an open sewer. [ huffingtonpost.com ]
The Primary Global Warming Pollutant
Alright, so Al Gore does refer to carbon dioxide, C02, as a pollutant within the context of global warming. CO2 is a greenhouse gas, hence it being referred to as a pollutant in reference to global warming, or more accurately, climate change. This context is critical and dishonest to leave out. Unless, of course, you want to come across sounding as educated as Michelle Bachmann.
In the conversation about climate change and the role C02 has to play, let’s all try and be honest and not completely moronic by keeping things within context. Without carbon dioxide plant life dies and can’t produce oxygen for us to breathe. It’s a great thing that there’s carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. YAY for carbon dioxide. Hallelujah. But can you have too much of a good thing? Why yes, yes you can. If there was too much oxygen in the atmosphere a fire could ignite it and we’d all burn, or suffocate to death. But before we explore this further, here’s Mike Adams’ praising carbon dioxide levels rising as the earth’s greatest hope of salvation.
Thank goodness carbon dioxide levels are finally rising ever so slightly in our atmosphere, bringing much-needed carbon dioxide to the plants and forests of the world which have been starving for CO2. The lack of CO2 in the atmosphere is one of the most devastating limiting factors for plant growth and reforestation of the planet, and at just 400ppm — that’s just 400 micrograms per kilogram — carbon dioxide is so low that Earth’s plant life can barely breathe. [ prisonplanet.com ]
Is C02 The Answer To Reforestation? No.
The reason the Earth is suffering from a lack of forests and jungles is not for a lack of CO2 in the atmosphere. It’s because of deforestation. If you plant a tree it doesn’t choke for lack of carbon dioxide. Will more CO2 in the atmosphere create more forestation and plant life? Sure, of course that can happen, because as we breathe in oxygen and expel CO2, so do plants breathe in CO2 and expel out oxygen. What, does Mike Adams not think the overwhelming scientific consensus regarding climate change doesn’t figure this into the equation?
But think about this for a minute. What’s the best way to go about reforesting our world? Is it ensuring we artificially raise CO2 levels, or is it by stopping the destruction of rain forests, planting more trees, and irrigating deserts? I’m thinking the latter. There’s enough CO2 in the atmosphere; plants all over the world aren’t keeling over and dying because of that.
Here’s a quote from Mike Adams from the video I’ll show that I thought particularly hilarious.
“CO2 is such a powerful nutrient for growing plants that greenhouse owners actually pump CO2 into the greenhouses to boost productivity.”
The Greenhouse Gas Effect
Exactly! Thank you, Mike Adams, for reiterating that quote twice in the video to hammer it into the heads of your audience. Amid his ramblings Mike Adams repeats from a few angles the point that in office climates there’s far higher CO2 parts per million than in the atmosphere, but that it’s not poisonous for humans. The point of rising CO2 levels being a problem, and being a pollutant, has to do with the greenhouse gas effect. Do you know what helps with the greenhouse gas effect inside of a greenhouse? CO2. That’s why it’s a good thing to have a lot of it in a greenhouse. Do you know what we’re trying to avoid when it comes to climate change? The greenhouse gas effect.
Climatologists aren’t running around screaming that rising CO2 is going to kill us all because we’re breathing more of it in. The concern is that it’s going to change our climate. You must know this Mike, but you attack Al Gore and climate change by creating the straw man argument that CO2 is thought of as evil, and inherently poisonous to the Earth, while removing the issue of the greenhouse gas effect entirely from your ‘equations’.
Wait A Moment, Why Are We Talking About Al Gore?
Here’s the thing about Al Gore. He’s not a scientist. Al Gore isn’t the reason why scientists are concerned about global warming. Al Gore put out a documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘ in 2006 to better inform the public about the already existing science behind climate change.
But Al Gore Is A Profiteer!
Yeah. Ok. Maybe he made the movie just to get money. Let me throw him a bone and say he made the movie to make money and to inform people. Does Al Gore profit off of climate change? I believe so, yes. The reason he profits off of climate change is because he invests in companies that will do well in a world with a changing climate because those companies will address the needs of the world and hopefully steer us towards a more hospitable future. It’s called smart capitalism.
It’s not like Al Gore has created a global conspiracy involving 97% of the world’s scientists spanning the globe. Al Gore’s not that brilliant. He couldn’t even get around George W Bush and GOP shenanigans when they stole the presidency from him. Scientists aren’t that corrupt. They love to prove each other wrong through peer review. Scientists aren’t getting filthy rich off the grant money they get because of concerns over climate change. Corporations, like Exxon are the ones doing that. It’s corporations like that, and people like the Koch brothers, who fund the only scientists willing to dispel the ‘myth of climate change‘.
This is not Al Gore’s war against CO2. There’s no war against CO2. There’s a problem with the rate we’re injecting CO2 and other greenhouse gasses into the environment, and that has to do with the excess burning of fossil fuels; not the fact CO2 is evil, or that Al Gore is an incredibly brilliant mastermind trying to scare the world into a crusade against CO2 to better fill his bank vaults.
What Does Neil DeGrasse Tyson Have To Say About This Brand Of Profiteering?
Hey, don’t take my word for it. According to Neil DeGrasse Tyson, if you believe in climate change, you should invest in corporations that will benefit from climate change. If you want to go broke, invest in fossil fuel companies and properties on the coastline. Well he says it better; skip to about 4:12 if you like. Or better yet just watch the whole thing.
One Last Point
Mike Adams makes the point that there’s more oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. He does this at nauseam, as if it’s ground breaking information none of us would have taken into account before. But condescension aside, what’s awesome about this is the fact he claims that there’s so little C02 in the atmosphere, what could we possibly have to worry about? Why is this funny? Well, because he’s into homeopathy.
If you know much about homeopathy, the absurdity of this cognitive dissonance might strike you immediately. If not, I encourage you to check out Tristan’s article the word is linked to. Suffice to say though, there’s a lot less of the ‘active ingredient’ in a homeopathic brew than there is carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but that doesn’t seem to give Mike Adams cause for doubt when it comes to that particular brand of bullshit.
Please check out Mike Adams’ video. It’s only fair to him, since I’ve taken the liberty of dissecting my take on it here in this article. Roughly the first 8 minutes are pertinent. The rest is him patting himself on the back for having the courage and mental elasticity to ‘see the light’ and jump off the CO2 hoax wagon, and then him bagging out Monsanto – the one part of the video that’s fine by me.