Saturday, June 02, 2007

My friend bought a hybrid and...

I do have to giggle when I see folks pay a $5000 or $10,000 premium for hybrid vehicles. See, automobile emissions are 15% of the total manmade CO2, which is only 3-4% of the total CO2 produced yearly. If *everyone* got out of their cars and simply stopped driving, mankind’s CO2 would still be, well, around 3% of the total CO2 produced. The idea that a hybrid car, or even millions of hybrid cars, somehow makes a difference in CO2 emissions is beautifully laughable.

Hybrid cars. Carbon offsets. Florescent light bulbs, for f*** sake! It’s all marketing.

But there’s one born every minute, you know.

The *best* part of it is: CO2 is *not* the principle greenhouse gas. Water vapor is! By a huge margin!

And *that* only works if you assume that our planet’s temperature is going up because of a greenhouse effect and NOT because of increased solar energy – like Mars’ temperature is and Neptune’s temperature is and all of the other planets in our solar system are!

And all of THIS is only if you make the arrogant assumption that somehow the current temperature is, for whatever reason, the optimum temperature of planet Earth – of all of the temperatures throughout this planet’s history! Some much higher and some much lower.

Wait, wait! There’s MORE. You must then make the stupefyingly arrogant assumption that we can somehow *change it back!*

And then I see and I read Pelosi telling us that GW is coming, and that our salvation is giving her power. Power to tax. Power to regulate.