B22348 / Sun, 18 Mar 2007 19:26:45 / Environment
After six full years of George W. Bush and four full years of the war in Iraq, Al Gore may seem like a breath of fresh air.
Hot air maybe. I am not a global warming denier, nor am I asking you to be.
Global warming and climate change is real and getting worse. I have been a student of both energy and climate issues since the late 1970’s.
Since 1960 the change in the total volume of atmospheric CO2 is .007%.
That’s it. From .0313% in 1960 (313 ppm) to .0383% (383 ppm) in January, 2007.
Yet, this incredibly tiny incremental increase is attributed by Gore in An Inconvenient Truth as the primary anthropogenic influence on the climate and being responsible for a nearly 2% increase in the total greehouse effect.
This simply isn’t possible.
The former Senator and VP will be testifying before the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee this Wednesday, March 21st, 2007.
Land use issues such as deforestation, increased land used for agriculture and especially agricultural irrigation are primarily responsible for the anthropogenic increase of the greenhouse effect.
On this fouth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, please take the time to consider some information on these less understood aspects of the global warming issue.
It is critically important that we are not misled again.
The U.S. is racing down the path of biofuels as a partial solution to this problem, knowing full well that there isn’t sufficient agricultural lands to both feed and fuel the world.
If there is ever to be Justice for All, we must examine both the morality of transforming food to fuel and the environmental and climate changing impacts of doing so as well.
If you look no further, please examine the PDF linked below and presented by the World Wildlife Fund.
It’ll give you a framework for considering the breadth of the agricultural irrigation problem as well as provide a witness to those in the developing world who are currently losing this battle of fuel over food, in an ever evolving and power hungry world.
WWF presents Living Water
Justice, then Peace.