More CO2

To the Editor:

John Fehlauer did not make the comments about Figueres in his letter to the Islander of March 12. But my quotation of her statement is correct. Yes, the interpretation of what was meant was made by others, and we can leave these horses be.

I am impressed that Fehlauer read all 200 peer reviewed papers I referenced in my March 19 letter. This leaves me surprised he still believes “…it’s CO2, not the sun,” that’s driving climate change/warming.

A few interesting facts from an article by Patrick Moore who cofounded/led Greenpeace for 15 years.

“In fact, the Earth has been warming very gradually for 300 years, since the little Ice Age ended, long before the heavy use of fossil fuels.”

“The idea it would be catastrophic if CO2 were to increase and average global temperature were to rise a few degrees is preposterous.”

“There has been no significant warming for 18 years while we have emitted 25 percent of all the CO2 that has been emitted.”

“Over the past 150 million years, CO2 had been drawn down steadily (by plants) from about 3,000 parts per million to about 280 parts per million before the Industrial Revolution.”

“At 400 parts per million, all our food crops, forests and natural ecosystems are still on a starvation diet for CO2. The optimum level of CO2 for plant growth, given enough water and nutrients, is about 1,500 parts per million, nearly four times higher than today.”

In another article, I noted that “Figures from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization show that the world’s cereal harvest, which provides more than half of the calories that humans eat, broke a new record last year at 2.54 billion tons – an astonishing 20 percent higher than ten years ago.”

“Studies confirm that crops and forests are growing faster and yielding more today than 50 years ago because of the extra CO2 in the air, especially in arid areas,” according to Matt Ridley.

CO2 is not a pollutant. We need more of it, not less. We don’t need to cut fossil fuel emissions.

Tom Rolfes


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