A Rational Response to the Carbon Cult
In your Jan. 5 editorial “The Kyoto Scorecard” you note the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol, which sought to limit carbon-dioxide emissions in order to stop increases in global temperatures allegedly caused by human activity. Unfortunately, you cite various increases in such emissions in contravention of the protocol while neglecting to cite figures on the actual amount of carbon in the atmosphere and the percentage of increase caused by human sources.
Citing the former, including increases of 20% in the Netherlands, 24% in Canada and 10.3% in the U.S. (which declined to sign the protocol), will only add to the hysteria of calling for carbon taxes and other economically ruinous measures. However, citing the latter will add much needed rationality to the debate on climate change.
Carbon dioxide is a trace gas currently occupying less than 4/100ths of 1% of atmospheric volume. Although atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide may have doubled since 1950, less than .5% of this increase is attributable to burning of fossil fuels by human kind. This human caused increase amounts to less than 1/1,000th of 1% of atmospheric volume. The oceans and the so-called “bio-sphere” – the amalgam of respiration and decay of living organisms – account for the overwhelming remainder of this increase.
Clearly the national debate on climate change should contemplate these facts and the likely cause of increased emission of carbon emissions from sources other than human consumption of fossil fuels. This likely cause is increased solar activity, which is simultaneously increasing the temperature on Mars. Unless there is an advanced Martian civilization burning vast amounts of coal and oil, global-warming alarmism needs some serious re-evaluation. (Letter to the editor, WSJ January 2013, Robert M Petrusak, Fairfax, VA.)