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It’s The CO2, Stupid

Posted by: Mike Dunmyer

SCUBA Diver Activism

We recently posted a link on our Facebook page to an article about a McKinsey study.  The study found that investing $520 billion in energy efficiency would “save more than $1.2 trillion and avoid the release of some 1.1 gigatons of annual greenhouse gases, an amount equal to replacing 1,000 conventional 500-megawatt coal-fired power plants with renewable energy.”  This, in and of itself is quite intriguing, but I mention it here to make a far simpler point.

A person commenting on the post, remarked, “So why is Sen. Inhofe so dead set against it? Someone tell him.”  I thought this was a great point.  Of course, to Senator Inhofe, the risk involved in energy investment isn’t worthwhile because he doesn’t believe global warming is happening.

So, for anyone who cares about oceans (and/or occasionally debates Senator Inhofe), I thought I’d provide the argument I use, anytime I meet a global warming denier.  I simply say, OK, set aside global warming and assume I agree with you.  Ocean acidification - another dangerous environmental problem - IS happening, and it’s being caused by CO2 emissions.  This isn’t up for debate - it’s simple water chemistry.  As the ocean absorbs atmospheric CO2, it becomes more acidic.  And, as we laid out in an earlier blog, this is killing our oceans, which are necessary for our own survival.  So, EVEN IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING, you cannot reject the need to reduce CO2 emissions.

Thank you for your time and attention.  Please feel free to use this argument anytime you encounter Senator Inhofe.

Date Posted: August 3, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

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