Earth Day Remembered

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970. It was created by founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin.  This year Earth Day will officially be celebrated on Tuesday, April 22, although many events are planned beyond that one day. It is estimated that 1 billion people will come together across the globe to focus on steps to better the environment.

Many schools are making use of an on-line ecological footprint quiz to help students understand how much productive land and water they need to support what they use and what they discard. This is all well and good. All Americans should be good stewards of the environment.

Most troubling, however, is the acceptance that CO2 is a pollutant and greenhouse gas that causes global warming. CO2 gained its celebrity status as a pollutant after a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court. Since then much has been made of the carbon dioxide being pumped out of car tailpipes. This is the same carbon dioxide that is essential in our life support system. Without carbon dioxide there would be no plant or human life.

Read the rest of this letter at the American Thinker

12 Responses to Earth Day Remembered

  1. Hugh April 22, 2008 at 8:49 pm #

    Global climate scam. hmmm. I just returned from China a week ago. Trust me, it’ snot a scam. I’m still wheezing from the Co2 and NoX emissions from 1) cars 2)buildings 3)coal fired plants.

    It’s worth the trip. It will make you reconsider. Promise.

  2. Dan McGrath April 23, 2008 at 8:27 am #

    You’re wheezing from Carbon Dioxide? I’m sorry, but I have a hard time believing that one. Perhaps you have your gasses mixed up. During your struggles to breathe the Chinese air, did you happen to observe what effect the CO2 and nitrogen oxide was having on the global climate?

  3. Dennis Fishel April 23, 2008 at 7:26 pm #

    I would suggest that Hugh see a doctor. The wheezing is more likely from riding in a sealed aircraft than the Chinese air, even as foul as I’m sure it is in that environmental nightmare we keep giving our money to. And I would also suggest he take a look at the results of recent ice core samples from Greenland that show the atmosphere of 15,000 years ago to contain 4.7 times the CO2 of today’s. The earth was covered with ice then. I don’t think any level of reasoning could conclude that CO2 causes warming with evidence like that.

  4. Eric April 24, 2008 at 3:37 pm #

    “This is the same carbon dioxide that is essential in our life support system. Without carbon dioxide there would be no plant or human life.”

    What does this have to do with the (supposed) effects that CO2 has on our climate? 🙂

    You do realize that the labeling of some effect as dangerous, poisonous, harmful etc. is done by measuring thresholds of the amount of a substance, not the substance itself – don’t you?

    What you are doing with those statements are similar to watching a parent telling their child not to go into the deep end of the pool because they could drown in the water, and then walking up to them and stating, “This is the same water that is essential to our life support system. Our body is made up of 70% of water!”

    While technically correct, it is a completely useless statement that only serves to:

    1. Confuse others who may not grasp the technical data.
    2. Betray your misunderstanding of the topic at hand.


  5. Tim England April 24, 2008 at 8:25 pm #

    Maybe you mean Carbon monoxide (CO) tons of which is dumped into the air and is highly toxic. Come on wake up America look at all the statistics of weather around the world. Look in the Almanac. Geez.

  6. Neil April 28, 2008 at 3:50 pm #

    It’s great that this is being discussed. Personally, I believe that this global warming crap is a clever bit of deception used by politicians and others to line their pockets. Their houses and cars aren’t getting any smaller as they steal $ from the taxpayers to fund their special “research” and pork projects.

  7. Scott April 29, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    It IS a scam! Just take the global warming test to find out what you’ve been brainwashed into thinking for all these years.

  8. Brian May 1, 2008 at 11:23 pm #

    People, wake up! An area 2x the size of Texas melted off the north polar ice cap last year. The Southeast U.S. is having the worst drought in recorded history while the Southwest U.S. is having the worst drought in several millenia. We had 10 days of 80+ degree weather in early April here in Vermont recently. Glaciers are rapidly disappearing worldwide, the ice caps are at their thinnest since measurements began, sea levels are in fact rising, plants and animals are moving their ranges northward (there is no question about this) and if you can’t wrap your minds around basic chemistry and physics regarding the insulatory properties of carbon dioxide–high school science!!–then you have no place criticizing things you don’t know about. Maybe when the North Pole becomes ice free–possibly as soon as this coming September–you’ll eat crow and believe your own eyes.

  9. Andrew May 10, 2008 at 9:02 pm #

    Ice caps melting will NOT cause flooding! I don’t understand why everyone seems to think this! Ice is less dense than water (less ice takes up more space). Therefore, IF the polar ice caps are melting (and I’m not getting into that…I don’t believe global warming’s that big of a threat…), sea levels should drop, NOT rise.

  10. Britteny May 13, 2008 at 5:48 pm #

    Well my take is that we will not know if all these gases are really harming the planet and us until we burn from the heat of the sun. The people of this planet are going to do what we want and most of us are not going to change, so why bother?

  11. Mike Carlson May 18, 2008 at 1:58 am #

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    Yes it IS disgusting, all those weirdos out there getting rich, rich I tell you!, off something sooo unbelievable! Who would be stupid enough to believe that an unprecedented number of carbon polluting humans would begin to have an adverse effect upon this small and self-cleaning planet. If we all just did what Scott says, and take the handy dandy global warming test… all these years of worry will just melt away!! (sorry for the pun, it wasn’t intentional). Gee, this is fun Dan, thanks for the opportunity to engage and banter with all these great minds. (personal comment deleted) don’t you know that if “they” could fake the moon landing, “they” can surely fake some measly state-sized ice shelf break up and collapse especially with modern Apple computers?? C’mon aren’t we being just a little naive?? Hmmm?

  12. Steve January 21, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    I used to believe all of the “Global Warming” crap until I saw an article that showed Al Gore’s electricity bill (over $1,000 a month for his house). Then I got the link to a disaster site (it shows recorded disasters in realtime). I found out that there is at least one volcano in some stage of eruption every single day. In case you didn’t know Mt. St. Helens put more carbon into the atmosphere than 100 times the entire human existance. Also, one of the largest glaciers on Earth melted prior to human existance, we call it the Great Lakes.

    Global Warming is a natural phenomenon not caused by humans but, rather exploited by propagandists. Most environmentalists don’t care about the environment but rather, thier anti-capitalist agenda.

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