The Climate Surprise, Why CO2 is good for the Earth (CO2 Coalition, B Everett, W Happer, C Idso, R Kimball, R Lindzen, P Moore, R Spencer) Canada USofA20.Nov.2016
CO2 Coalition, www.co2coalition.org: Mark Twain said, "It is not so much the things we don’t know that get us into trouble. Rather, the mischief is caused by things that we do know that ain’t so.” We “know” that carbon dioxide is “bad for the environment.” (In fact, it is a prerequisite for life.) We “know” that the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is reaching historically dangerous levels. (In fact, we have, these past centuries, been living through a CO2 famine. We “know” that on the subject of climate change, the “science is settled”.
Rodney W. Nichols and Harrison Schmitt: In the U.S., and for much of the world, the most dangerous environmental pollutants have been cleaned up. U.S. emissions of particulates, metals and varied gases—all of these: ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and sulfur—fell almost 70% between 1970 and 2014. But a myth persists that is both unscientific and immoral to perpetuate: that the beneficial gas carbon dioxide ranks among hazardous pollutants. It does not.
The Coalition seeks to engage in an informed and dispassionate discussion of climate change, humans’ role in the climate system, the limitations of climate models, and the consequences of mandated reductions in CO2 emissions.
Primer on CO2 (CO2 Coalition, L Bell, R Cohen, W Happer, R Lindzen, P Moore, H Schmitt, R Spencer, et al.) USofA18.Jun.2016
CO2 Coalition, William Happer et al.: Atmospheric water, H2O, as vapor and clouds, is by far the most important source of greenhouse warming of the Earth's surface. Atmospheric CO2 also contributes to warming but much less than H2O. More CO2 will cause some additional warming, both directly and with amplification by feedbacks, which are still very poorly understood. The earth's temperature is affected by many other factors. Among these are solar activity, atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns, volcanic activity, etc. We are persuaded that the net effects of increasing CO2 will be very good for the world, especially for people.