In today’s WFT CO2 Insanity we have an article in the Los Angeles Times titled “Why cleaner air could speed global warming”, a premise I find amazingly ludicrous. An oxymoron.
You’re likely to hear a chorus of dire warnings as we approach Earth Day, but there’s a serious shortage few pundits are talking about: air pollution. That’s right, the world is running short on air pollution, and if we continue to cut back on smoke pouring forth from industrial smokestacks, the increase in global warming could be profound.
OK first CO2 is bad, it’s going to cause global warming. Second, we had years back everyone worrying about aerosols creating a large ozone gap in Antarctica that was going kill everyone. Now that the IPCC, CRU, NASA, GISS, et al are getting their inconvenient data busted daily, someone suddenly invents a new “crisis” for the “alarmist” to latch on to.
In another amazing oxymoron we get this information.
But even as industrialized and developing nations alike steadily reduce aerosol pollution — caused primarily by burning coal — climate scientists are beginning to understand just how much these tiny particles have helped keep the planet cool. A silent benefit of sulfates, in fact, is that they’ve been helpfully blocking sunlight from striking the Earth for many decades, by brightening clouds and expanding their coverage. Emerging science suggests that their underappreciated impact has been incredible.
See? It just gets better. Sounds like the author is saying coal is good? Hasn’t the “warmer” crowd had their panties in a bunch over coal power plants?
In a recent paper in the journal Climate Dynamics, modelers forecast what would happen if nations instituted all existing pollution controls on industrial sources and vehicles by 2030. They found the current rate of warming — roughly 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit per decade — doubled worldwide, and nearly tripled in North America.
OK, so we need India and China to keep pumping that pollution out, we need more coal plants in the US, let’s all drive diesels, and cap and trade is dead. Makes me want to go out and remove all the pollution control devices from my cars.
The author then goes on to advocate we may have to do some geoengineering.
We might need geo-engineering to stave off the worst effects of the warming. But most climate scientists think we’re not there yet. And so the most important thing we can do now is to train our sights on both the unexpectedly helpful sulfates and the unexpectedly pernicious carbon. We can’t continue to only focus on traditional pollutants without reducing greenhouse emissions. We simply have to find a way to clean our air of both.
Oh I forgot he’s the author of a book.
Eli Kintisch is the author of the just-published “Hack the Planet: Science’s Best Hope — or Worst Nightmare — for Averting Climate Catastrophe.”
My how convenient. He just published a book on geoengineering, then we mysteriously get this article on how clean air is causing global warming. Think this guy might be trying to increase book sales? The LA Times is probably a strategic place for this article as all the loonies in LA like James Cameron will no doubt be reading this over their morning coffee and issue a call to arms by 12 Noon.
The Goracle needs to hop on this bandwagon, I can forsee a new book or two from him soon. Title suggestions would be:
- An Inconvenient Clear Sky
- Clean Air Kills
- Geoengineering for Dummies
- Coal is Cool
Goes back to my theory that no matter what it is, some “alarmist” will say it either causes global warming or is caused by global warming. Like the claim I wrote about yesterday titled “No Planes Causes Warming.”
It all goes back to follow the money. Eli is trying to sell books. No doubt papers are being written by scientists all over the world to get grant money to research how clean air will kill us.
Based on this article I’m doing something different for Earth Day this week. I’m going to eat beans, turn on all the lights and appliances in my house, and let my cars run all day. If you’re really serious about saving Mother Earth, please pollute on Earth Day or we’ll soon be burning up. Anyone want to buy a diesel and save the Earth?
Source: Los Angeles Times