GOP head of Senate environment committee says carbon pollution is good for the Earth

Raw Story, By Eric W. Dolan, May 7

As carbon dioxide levels surpassed 400 parts per million globally, Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma headed to the Senate floor on Wednesday to explain the benefits of greenhouse gas emissions.

“Counter to the doomsday predictions of climate alarmists, increasing observations suggest a much reduced and practically harmless climate response to increased amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide,” he remarked. “Also missing from the climate alarmists’ doomsday scenarios and well-scripted talking points are the benefits from increased carbon that has led to a greening of the planet and contributed to increased agricultural productivity.”

Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, wondered why people didn’t understand that carbon pollution was good for the Earth.

“People do not realize that you cannot grow things without CO2,” he said. “CO2 is a fertilizer. It is something you cannot do without. No one ever talks about the benefits that people are inducing that as a fertilizer on a daily basis.”

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  • Inhofe couldn’t be more wrong. The three primary plant nutrients (fertilizer) are nitrogen (N), potassium (K) and phosphorous (P). A well-nourished, alert 8th grader knows that CO2 refers to one atom of carbon bound with two atoms of oxygen. Neither carbon or oxygen are “fertilizers”. We know these things. It is called chemistry, Mr. Inhofe.

    As far as a “practically harmless climate response” to the massive amounts of CO2 being dumped into the atmosphere and oceans by burning fossil fuels, maybe Australia should send Mr. Inhofe the bill for the coral reefs that are being destroyed by the acidification of the ocean – a direct consequence. Maybe the families of the 40,000 Americans who die every year from air pollution should claim against Mr. Inhofe’s insurance company for gross negligence. These stubborn ignorant fools would rather allow every human being on the planet die than admit those dirty hippies were right about being “green”!

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