One of the reasons I get burned out when I talk to climate activists these days is lack of comprehension on their part. I was disparaged by the adult leader of a group of young people marching for Sunrise Rebellion a couple years ago because I was trying to explain the Aerosol Masking effect. If you’ve followed this blog you know that there’s this thing called the McPherson paradox, named after a certain scientist I know. It is based on the premise that we can’t stop using fossil fuels because doing so would cause particulate from said use to drop out of the atmosphere. And once that happens, solar energy would not be reflected back into space by said particulate. It would hit earth and slowly cook us. I’ve seen estimates that global average temperature would have moved up by 2 C or more in a matter of days after losing the particulate.
Anyway, this is the damage we’ve already done. And I just upset a bunch of people on a discussion group for responding to a message about ‘things people don’t understand about climate change‘ with this post:
“The one thing people (especially many climate activists) don’t seem to understand about climate change is THE DAMAGE IS ALREADY DONE. We’ve been pouring tens of billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere starting with the Industrial Revolution, and the CO2 will be sitting in the atmosphere and driving greenhouse effect for another THOUSAND YEARS. All those great schemes to run on biofuel or switch to non-polluting cars or roll out net-zero schemes for carbon are useless. The best plan would’ve been to talk Grandpa out of buying his first Model T. And we knew that burning coal wasn’t helping, either.
“You can’t fix global warming if you don’t know what the problem is. Driving a Tesla and sorting your recycle cans won’t pull old carbon out of the atmosphere.”
So that’s what I wrote that got banished from Quora. I don’t see the problem, but what do I know? honesty is not a popular subject these days.
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