“Hope Santa has a summer suit.”
Highlights (or more accurately, low lights) from this article:
While NOAA, in its Arctic Program Report Card 2016, reports that “[t]his summer, the Arctic had the second lowest extent of sea ice since 1979. It had the lowest extent of spring snow cover since 1967.”
The article also offers a website that correlates CO2 levels with human activity.
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This powerfully brings home why it’s totally bankrupt to exempt or ignore some CO2 air emissions depending on their source, as pretty much all agencies have done by creating exemptions for CO2 from so-called “biogenic” sources.
“Biogenic” is not a science-based distinction. It’s a political definition that pretends that chemistry in the air can tell the difference between CO2 that comes from fossil fuels versus CO2 that comes from plant material. The truth is, chemistry is chemistry. CO2 reacts the same way in the air regardless of whether it comes from burning petroleum, plants, trees, or from any other source.
So how did so many of our legislators, who are smart people, fall for this ruse? It’s called Lobbyists. For in-depth info on how this happened, poke through articles and info found at the Biomass Monitor.
It is based on this fake distinction that Port Townsend Paper has claimed “reductions” in their CO2 emissions over the last few years even though they still pump the same amount of CO2, between 555,000 and 610,000 metric tons, into the air every year. By switching a certain amount of their fuel mix to wood (a combination of trees and construction waste — which contains a lot of stuff other than actual wood), regulators allow PTPC to claim that they’ve “reduced” their CO2 footprint without actually removing anything.
So, friends, when you’re reading figures on what PTPC is emitting or what they’re reducing, ask whether all amounts are included from all sources, and don’t step down until you get full answers.
It’s all part of the big picture of climate change and why your actions matter!