Burning Fossil Fuels Is Greening The Earth

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Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.), gives this fascinating lecture on Reason.tv about how fossil fuels is actually resulting in greening the planet.

Which is pretty much the opposite of what we’re told by the environmentalists:

“The fact that we’re putting more carbon dioxide into the air means there’s more fuel to grow plants,” says Ridley. “There’s tons of experiments now showing that plants grow faster if there’s more carbon dioxide in the air.”

The point being that the climate change alarmists who would have us believe that CO2 emissions are pollution – keep in mind that the EPA has declared that CO2 is a pollutant and the courts have upheld that designation – are wrong. Increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere is actually pretty great for plant life.

Which just goes to show that declaring a “scientific consensus” on climate change, and basing broad and sweeping policies on that supposed “consensus,” is a mistake. There are a lot of things about the impact of human activity on the environment that we don’t understand.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from 1-2pm weekdays.

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