Reply and proposal to Bob Keenan |

Reply and proposal to Bob Keenan

Dear Editor:Bob [Keenan, The Aspen Times, April 10], the sky isn’t falling, and I am not a shill, no matter how much you would like to paint me that way. Let me repeat, my total involvement with energy/oil/coal companies has been purchasing their products at gas stations, period.I’ll accept “by their fruits ye shall know them.” How about you, Bob? Would you impoverish the whole world and cause resource wars by denying development just to pander to your pessimistic unproven beliefs about CO2? Carbon dioxide is a nutrient, not a pollutant, and all life – plants and animals alike – benefit from more of it. At any rate, humans cause only about 6 billion tons out of 186 billion tons annually from all causes. Further, earth temperatures have dropped in the last three years (see Aspen Times, March 9: “Nothing’s happened”), but CO2 levels have not, rising from 372 PPM to 382 PPM (still less than 4/100th of 1 percent of all atmospheric gases). Certainly is a problem, isn’t it, until you realize solar radiation dropped from 2002 to 2006 also (it’s the sun’s fault). In prehistoric times, CO2 levels have been as high as 7,000 ppm (7/10th of 1 percent, 19 times present levels). During ice ages, it is hard to farm the Midwest when ice a mile thick covers your fields. Is that your sought-after goal? Humans have prospered during those rare warmer periods of earth’s history such as the one we now bask in that started 12,000 years ago. Compared to former geologic times, earth’s current atmosphere is CO2-impoverished.Yes, for every action there is a reaction. The reaction to more CO2 can be measured in more abundant plant life, the long-sought-after “Northwest Passage” across the top of the world due to an ice-free Arctic Ocean, and other benefits to life in general.Aside from CO2, Bob, you seem to ignore the plea to proceed full speed with liquid-burning Solid Oxide Hydrogen Fuel Cell development that would drop our fuel use by at least 3 to 1, or for all-out development of oil shale to free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil and the despots and fanatics that seem to control it. Please read “The Hype About Hydrogen” by Joseph J. Romm to see why standard hydrogen gas burning fuel cells are not the way to go.A final point: It wasn’t my data, it was NASA Marshall Space Flight Center “black body radiation” whole earth satellite temperature data. The wonderful thing about the Internet is that you or anyone else can independently verify that. So let’s drop the personal attacks and have a civil discourse, what do you say, Bob? My e-mail address is I would be happy to send you the plots on solar radiation, CO2 levels, and of course the links so that you can independently verify them for yourself.Mike MasonCedaredge

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