cokehead wrote:My cousin is a certified tree huggin greenie. She is a good egg though. She BELIEVES global climate change IS a result of CO2 being spewed into the atmosphere from man burning carbon based fuels that have been sequestered deep in the earth for millions of years. She thinks I'm misguided and visa versa. Carbon locked in compounds deep in the earth (coal, oil, natural gas, peat) are in what she calls the Long cycle, which can be millions of years. The carbon has been taken out of the atmosphere locked away. The Short carbon cycle would be less than a hundred years. That would be current pant growth that grows locking up carbon, dies and is burned, eaten or decomposes, releasing CO2 back into the atmosphere in a steady state.
I believe the earth has much greater forces at work that change the climate. Ocean current cycles, sun spot cycles, volcanic activity putting dust and gases into the atmosphere to name a few. Natural gas industry leaks, methane from rotting plant materials and water vapor (especially water vapor) are "greenhouse gases" that have a much greater effect on the earth than CO2, most of which is completely out of mans control. We need to adapt to changing weather patterns or perish. I believe it is foolish to think man can "control" the earth's climate and the people behind the green movement have a political agenda that has little to due with climate and a lot to do with control over the resources and money of the world. I am not saying anything bad about people who believe in a clean environment but anything can be taken to extremes and well meaning people are being used to further a hidden dark agenda.
Your cousin is a good egg, and means well. I agree about the "extreme" part, but it is good for everyone to have some people keeping check on potential runaway emissions from humans and the large businesses that allow our current lifestyle. Profit over environment will always win out, especially when there is even a little doubt about humans impact on climate. co2 levels are the highest in history, humans should at least be concerned.