Friday, April 14, 2006

More spag thrown on the wall....

We have a new winner for the most meaningless statement of the week on climate change. This, courtesy of Tim Curtin on Deltoid.

Neither is aware that the demand for industrial CO2 is growing faster than the production by AGW.
First of all, AGW (anthropic global warming) is a RESULT of increased human emissions of CO2, although there is some positive feedback as temperatures rise, increasing the rate of vegetative decay, and shifting of the CO2/H2CO3/HCO3-/CO3 2- equilibria in the oceans.

Second, comparing rates, when the magnitude of the two processes differs by several powers of 10 is more than a shade dishonest. Yes, if you have one buck to your name and your money grows by 10%, while Bill Gates' money grows by 5%, your money is growing faster than his. And at the end of the day you got $1.10, and he got several hundreds of million $ in extra interest.

1 comment:

Tim Curtin said...

Eli: you are too hasty.
(1) Actual sales volume of CO2: just under 100 million tonnes in 2005;
(20 actual CO2 emissions from fosil fuel use in 2004: 25 billion tonnes.
Your growth rate for (1): 10% p.a.
Actual growth rate for (2) (net) over period 1975-2005, nearly 0.5% p.a.
Industrial production of CO2 on these parameters will overtake the net increase of CO2 in the atmosphere by 2067.