Lie: Carbon dioxide is a pollutant.
The truth of the matter
The EPA declared CO2 a pollutant on December 7, 2009, in what has been called the Endangerment Finding. CO2 in the atmosphere threatens the public and welfare of current and future generations, the EPA said. The EPA went on to say that defining CO2 as a pollutant then enabled itself to impose CO2 emissions standards on anything and everything giving off some carbon dioxide.
I want to point out, folks, that every one of us does this with every breath!
Harmless to humans
Carbon dioxide is harmless to humans and needed in our bodies. Air standards in a submarine allow for 8,000 parts per million of CO2, more than 20 times the level in the atmosphere! Other confined-space occupations permit even higher concentrations. If service personnel can breathe high concentrations of CO2, how could it possibly harm the rest of us?
CO2 is “green”
Not only is CO2 not a pollutant nor harmful to humans, it has beneficial effects in agriculture. Carbon dioxide is a fertilizer needed to make plants grow. California growers already enjoy bigger and better orange tree growth from increased atmospheric CO2 over the past century. In fact, to raise local CO2 levels, greenhouse growers buy propane burners to generate growth-inducing CO2 for their products.
Does this sound like a pollutant? The beneficial effects of CO2 are hush-hush outside of the agricultural community. The growers fear for their lives and their crops lest their use of a “pollutant” for growing food better for Americans is discovered. CO2, literally, keeps our tables full and our environment green.
The bond between people and environment
If CO2 is such a pollutant, the EPA is missing an opportunity to punish every American with every breath we take. (oh, no! I just gave the EPA another brilliant idea.)
Human beings exhale CO2. Green living plants and trees take up CO2 to live and grow. We inhale the oxygen that plants exhale. Thus, we, as people, have a symbiotic relationship with our living green environment unless, of course, the EPA doesn’t see it that way, and it doesn’t.
Let’s punish people for breathing, period. In essence, that’s what the EPA seeks to do: punish people for breathing, for being. I’m waiting for the EPA to institute the “National Stop-Breathing Minute” so that no exhaled CO2 from any of us will enter the atmosphere for sixty seconds once a year. Away with people! Preferentially save everything else!
Go away, EPA!
How about instead let’s do away with the EPA and its breathtaking restrictions on CO2?
Sources: Embedded in the text.