From the Cheap Seats: Fracking, Fires and Carbon Emissions

July 5, 2012

Carbon emissions have dropped while the use of fracking has expanded

What with all the fires going on in Colorado and elsewhere in the United States, the greenies, aka the anointed, aka proglodytes, would have you believing that it’s all the result of global warming.

And we know that it’s the fault of warming because of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.   And we know that carbon dioxide is bad because the proglodytes say so.  They can’t actually explain how carbon dioxide, a transparent, odorless gas necessary for photosynthesis, traps heat in the atmosphere, they just know that a scientist who gets government grants says it, they believe it and that settles it.

In any case, they now have to confront a stark reality – the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is taking a tumble.  Instead of zooming ever upwards to the point that the Earth will be transformed into the planetary equivalent of ceramic-firing kiln, it is dropping like the temperature in a room occupied by Joe McGinniss in Juneau in January.  Carbon-dioxide levels are approaching 1991 levels.

That, of course, just cannot be in the worldview of the proglodyte, so the progs, simple creatures that they are, yammer on incessantly about the horrors of CO2, incapable of comprehending its absolute necessity for life as we know it.

But wait, it gets worse for the proglodytes.

What’s driving down the carbon content of the atmosphere?

Hydraulic fracturing.

The process that has freed up quads of energy tucked into the tiny spaces of shales and tight sands has sharply reduced the emissions of carbon dioxide.

Therein lies a conundrum inside a  riddle wrapped around a insoluble theorem for our Luddite friends.

Does that make them progLuddites?, you ask, parenthetically.  Why yes, yes it does.

If we accept the premise that carbon  dioxide is a pollutant  (for the sake of argument only) then it stands to reason that something that reduces emissions has to be good.  But if the process by which that something is obtained is unpopular, then what is a progLuddite to do?

Most likely demand more solar and wind power, as though both were available for the mere ordering, like a Big Mac and fries at a drive-through.

It was probably not a good idea to introduce the McDonald’s motif, but let’s assume that the reference is devoid of the cultural hysteria it engenders among our progLuddite friends and get back to our original observation: that fires are raging despite declining levels of carbon dioxide.

How does that happen?

The same way it has for eons. Nothing about Colorado has been a jungle for tens of millions of  years. Forests have burned thousands of times before man’s arrival on the scene. There is no crime here, except for the progLuddite refusal to  manage those forests.

What will the progs learn from this?, you ask.

Nothing, we’d imagine.

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