The sky is falling. And climate is changing. But just as the cause of the sky falling wasn’t quite what Chicken Little feared, the cause of climate change may not be what climate alarmists fear.
Climate change has been a fact for thousands of years. Even before human industrial activity contributed the first gram of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere, climate repeatedly cycled between warming and cooling trends. (Graphs, such as the one produced by longrangeweather.com, chronicle over 4,000 years of significant swings in global temperatures.)
Yet according to numerous climatologists, in spite of numerous other sources, the burning of fossil fuels is the primary reason for increasing CO2 emissions and the only one worthy of the full focus of regulatory agencies. And it comes as little surprise that among governments throughout the world, the most popular means of addressing CO2 emissions is through some form of taxation or manipulation (cap-and-trade and “offsetting”).
As a means of attempting to reduce CO2 emissions and collecting additional revenue, several nations signed on to the Kyoto Protocols, a CO2 emissions reduction agreement between several industrialized nations (excluding the United States). The agreement took effect in 2005, yet since that time, atmospheric levels of CO2 have not only continued to increase, they have increased at faster rates than prior to the signing of the agreement. Climate data compiled by NASA specifies that during the 11 years between January, 2005 (when the Kyoto Protocol agreement went into effect) and December, 2016, atmospheric CO2 levels increased from 371.21 parts per million (ppm); to 405.25, an increase of 34.04 ppm.
In contrast, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data for the 11-year period preceding the Kyoto agreement (January, 1994 through December, 2005) CO2 levels in…
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