I have written on why I use “global warming” and not “climate change”. I ran across another statement that is frequently made that makes skeptics look, to put it bluntly, stupid. “They want us all to stop breathing”. This was concerning the goal of an agency (NAS) saying emissions must be reduced to zero to save the planet from dangerous warming.
This statement does NOT mean they want people to stop breathing. Breathing takes in CO2 already existing in the air and puts it right back where it came from, plus a small amount of CO2 created by the body. However, there is no net change in the concentration of the CO2 in the carbon cycle as there is in burning fossil fuels, which are considered sequestered CO2 sources. The proper response is:
“You mean you want to shut down all of modern society—stop all fossil fuel usage and concrete manufacture. You want the evil fossil fuel barons who are rich and unfairly so (wait, where did Al Gore get his money?—sorry, I digress) to lose their ill-gotten gains and we will all live in squalor the way God intended.”
Of course, the speaker will then deny the charge, which can then lead to asking how else can this turn out, etc. Many global warming advocates do not see this as needing to go to zero, but for those who do, the proper discussion is the hellhole people will end up living in if we actually were to follow their advice.
Another story I noted popping up was that Denmark would be “off fossil fuels” by 2020. This may or may not be true, especially if part of their grid is covered by nations that do burn coal. To be 100% true, Denmark would have to produce all their on energy, alone, and not tie into the grid. That won’t happen. Also, this cannot be applied to any other nation if:
1. The nation is larger than Denmark. Scale does matter.
2. The nation has a different grid setup. Infrastructure matters.
3. The nation has an economy based on manufacturing, etc.
Denmark also is not “off fossil fuels” because they buy products from countries that use fossil fuels. You are lying if you say you don’t use fossil fuels and then buy from someone who does. It’s a very common lie and one few people ever really seem to catch. So, Denmark will NOT be off fossil fuels by 2020 unless their grid and their economy is 100% self-contained or any trade is with another 100% renewable country. You will NOT see this, of that I am certain. There can also be no diesel generators, no batteries unless manufactured with ONLY renewables……As you can see, the claims are just outright lies.
Correctly put, Denmark may not be using any fossil fuels by 2020 but will continue to reap the benefits of others using them for many, many years thereafter.