Don’t read this*

Posted: 21-October-2009 in Rants
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Not the gas leak from the story, but the pictures cool!

Not the gas leak from the story, but the picture's cool!

Oh noes! “The story climate change “skeptics” hope you won’t read“. Despite me believing that global climate change* is occurring, this must mean me!

…those propagandists who run advertising claiming that carbon dioxide is natural and, therefore, harmless, hope against hope that you don’t know the true history, that you’ve never heard of Cameroon, that you don’t know about volcanic emissions, and that you forgot the story of the killer CO2 cloud of 1986.

For those who don’t know, the story in a nutshell is, that, on the 21st of August, 1986, a bubble of gas, which had accumulated under a lake in Cameroon, belched out at night and engulfed the local area, killing in the region of  1500 to 2000 people.

This gas was The Dreaded Carbon Dioxide©. It appears that an academic American of some description believes that AGW sceptics don’t want people to know that CO2 can kill. This guy may be educated, but it doesn’t stop him from being a moron. CO2 is not “harmless”**. Oxygen is not “harmless”. Bananas are not “harmless”. Water is not “harmless”. Jam is not “harmless”. Running is not “harmless”. Exercising is not “harmless”. You see where I’m going here. CO2 will asphyxiate you in high concentrations, as seems to have happened to the unfortunate residents affected by the Lake Nyos gas leak – although eye-witness reports of vomiting suggests other gasses present too.

Co2 is essential to all life. If we didn’t produce CO2 as a waste gas our brains wouldn’t tell our bodies to exhale and we’d die. If plants didn’t have CO2, photosynthesis wouldn’t occur and they would die. And then we would die – due to starvation and plants not producing oxygen.

I don’t want to get too technical, but here goes:

Water is good. Drowning is bad.

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is good. Sucking up a volcano is bad.

*Excellent, few people will!

**The climate changes. We – humans – are not and cannot doing this. I resent being called a climate change sceptic, it is a twisting of the truth. I am an Anthropogenic Global Warming/Cooling/Climate Change sceptic.

UPDATE: an automatically generated link at the bottom forwarded me onto this. I’m so confused.

  1. theredeemingdefect says:

    Sorry about the stupid small writing in the middle, WordPress won’t let me fix it and I’m too tired to bother to try and fix it now. It’s 2am(ish), don’t judge me.

  2. Neil says:

    Keep the posts coming John, they are good. I occasionally forget to read them, but when you post them on Facebook I remember.

  3. theredeemingdefect says:

    Hey Neil, try starting an RSS feed. Cheerio.

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