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The Benefits of Carbon Dioxide
January 22, 2012 - Rick Burdt
I’ve noticed lately that there are more and more studies with some interesting conclusions. It seems that CO2 may not be considered a greenhouse gas. In fact, the science shows that CO2 levels actually follow warming trends, negating the idea that CO2 causes them.
So, what is wrong with higher levels of CO2 anyways? Plants like it, it’s vital to their survival. Higher levels of CO2 make plants sturdier, more water efficient, and produce more. Nurseries all over the world spend lots of money on machines that pump CO2 into their greenhouses.
The fact is, the earth’s population hit 7 billion last year and the current rate is another billion every 12 years. The planet is not getting any larger, but we will have to grow more food to feed more people and there is only so much fresh water.
Fortunately for us, we are in a natural warming cycle which will gradually expand arable land. To help that along, the rise in CO2 levels that follow the warming cycle will help the plants by again, making them sturdier, more water efficient, and produce more.
President Obama wants to tax businesses that produce CO2. Michelle Obama wants everyone to get active with her Let’s Move program. A person exercising produces up to eight times more CO2 than one who is not. This may be a stretch, but couldn’t this be considered a conflict of interest?
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