Monday, October 20, 2008

Mr. Obama, surely you jest.

"Barack Obama will classify carbon dioxide as a dangerous pollutant that can be regulated should he win the presidential election on Nov. 4, opening the way for new rules on greenhouse gas emissions. " Source: Bloomberg, article here. I would suppose this would give Mr. Obama the power to regulate my breathing. After all I exhale carbon dioxide. Would the world perhaps be a better place without it? Well, not really. Since plants need abundant atmospheric carbon dioxide to photosynthesize, a world without it would be a world without life.

Surely no scientifically-minded person can vote for this man. It is reminiscent of the incident that caused Patrick Moore to leave Greenpeace. He had to walk away when they tried to begin a campaign to ban chlorine. He explained that it is a naturally occurring element on the periodic table of the elements, and so can not be banned. They decided to press forward with the campaign. He decided it was time to stop dealing with softheads.

Further, both presidential candidates evidently aren't following science very carefully. Scientific data isn't supporting the theory of human-caused global warming, and people are responding.

As a campaign issue, might I suggest both of our aspiring presidents drop greenhouse gas emissions and take up the border?

For the interested, Patrick Moore's full story on banning chlorine may be found in this transcript.

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