By: James Simpson | Capital Research Center
The Greatest Heist in World History
But there is much more. Figure 3 is a chart tracking temperature and CO2 levels over a much longer period in earth’s history. It is reprinted from Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom, by Dr. Patrick Moore, former Greenpeace co-founder and founding director of the CO2 Coalition based in Washington, DC.
Figure 3. Geological Timescale: Concentration of CO2 and Temperature Fluctuations
Figure 3 suggests no correlation between rising temperatures and rising CO2 levels. Indeed, Moore states:
The fundamental question is whether or not the claim that carbon dioxide is the “control knob” of global temperature is valid. The chart [Figure 3] shows very clearly that CO2 and temperature are out of sync more often than they are in sync. This does not support the claim that there is a strong cause-effect relationship between CO2 and temperature over the long-term history of the Earth; in fact, it rules against this conclusion. We are being told that the correlation between carbon dioxide and temperature both rising concurrently over that past 170 years, out of 570 million years of Earth’s history, proves a cause-effect relationship. It does not, and the historical record indicates the opposite….
The simultaneous rise of carbon dioxide and temperature over the last 170 years in no way supports a strong cause-effect relationship, in fact it is sufficient to reject that conclusion.
In an interview with Conversations that Matter, Dr. Moore explained that, if anything, we need more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, not less. Moore published a 2015 piece titled “The Positive Impact of Human CO2 Emissions on the Survival of Life on Earth,” in which he asks:
The most important question facing a species on Earth today is how long would it have been in the absence of human-caused CO2 emissions until the gradual depletion of CO2 in the atmosphere fell to levels that began to decrease biomass due to starvation, thus signaling the beginning of the end of life on Earth?
Dr. Moore concludes that prior to the latest boost in CO2 from the industrial age, if CO2 had fallen much further, it would have snuffed out all life on earth.
During the last glacial maximum, 20,000 years ago, CO2 fell to about 180 ppm, only 30 ppm above the level where plants begin to die from CO2 starvation…. This is not a very desirable outcome as it would threaten the survival of every living species on Earth. One might think this would have been noticed by those who claim there is “too much” CO2.
Dr. William Happer, a climate expert and Princeton Professor, agrees. He says that we are actually experiencing a “carbon drought, and that more CO2 in the atmosphere would be a good thing.”
Carbon Is Not a Poison
More to the point, the fact rarely heard among the climate fanatics is that carbon is the basis for all life on earth. And the source of carbon is carbon dioxide (CO2) taken from the atmosphere. Plants require carbon dioxide to survive. Carbon dioxide is plant food. Greenhouses raise CO2 levels as high as 1,000 PPM to encourage plant growth.
Plants take CO2 in from the atmosphere and, using the energy of the sun, combine it with water (H20) to make sugars in a process called photosynthesis. All sugars are multiples of the basic formula CH20. That is one carbon atom (C), two hydrogen atoms (H) and one oxygen atom (O). In its most basic formula, the chemical reaction can be expressed:
CO2 + H20 + sunlight ⇒ CH20 + O2
The “waste” product released into the air from this chemical reaction is the oxygen (O2) we breathe. The sugar actually produced is in this process is glucose (C6H12O6), which is used by plants to function and grow. Animals then eat the greens and fruit produced. Carbon dioxide is essential to life on earth, and it comprises a mere 0.04 percent of the atmosphere. In speaking of the critical role of CO2, Moore has said:
All life is carbon-based. And the carbon for all that life originates from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. All of the carbon in the fossil fuels we are burning for energy today, was once in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, before it was consumed by plankton in the sea and plants on land. Coal, oil and natural gas are the remains of those plankton and plants that have been transformed by heat and pressure deep in the earth’s crust. In other words, fossil fuels are 100 percent organic and were produced with solar energy.…
If there were no carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere, the earth would be a dead planet, period. Talk about catastrophic climate change. Take away CO2 and you’d have it. And yet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed this essential ingredient for life a pollutant.
Dr. Moore stated, “Oil has produced our longevity, our prosperity and our personal freedom.… Is that evil?” He answers, “Apparently so.”
Dr. Moore explains that he left Greenpeace when it went from being humanitarian to being “anti-human, basically, and saying that humans are the enemy of the earth.” He called the climate agenda, “A huge convergence of interests among the elites, that is driving the political agenda today.”
And therein lies the rub. Why are the global elites of the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, and the world’s “progressives” pursuing this blatantly insane agenda with such abandon? As the saying goes, follow the money. The true motive for the switch away from carbon-based fuels is the usual motive for corrupt governments: greed and power.
In the next installment, climate leftists have become more extreme in their prophecies of impending doom.