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CO2 is benign because we exhale it?   So tsunamis are OK...

Bite"Let me address the argument that CO2 is benign because we exhale it. That's about as good an argument as saying a tsunami isn't dangerous because we drink water."— -- Rep. Jay Inslee at a 2011 committee hearing
How can a tiny trace gas change the climate?

Bite"How can a minuscule amount of CO2 cause global warming?" shout the sceptics! "Easily", is the response. Can't a bite from a tiny insect produce death from a serious disease; and an injection with a tiny amount of serum reverse it?
CO2 is plant food?   Yeah, like steroids. . .

BiteIncreasing CO2 for plants is like giving athletes anabolic steroids: it may produce short-term weight gain, but often with long-term, negative side effects.
Diet & exercise is not an easy option—it's the only one!

BiteWe're like the overweight patient that goes to the doctor and learns his cholesterol is too high. He doesn't die immediately—but until he changes his lifestyle and gets back down to the safe zone, he's at more risk from heart attack or stroke. If we're already past 350 [ppm CO2], are we all doome...
Nice summer in Minnesota.  But I had to work both days!

BiteMinnesotans say: Last summer was nice, but I had to work both days!
Tax carbon! Can restaurants throw their thrash into the street?

BiteFossil fuel industry is the only industry on earth throwing its waste out for free. If you run a restaurant, you have to pay someone to cart away your garbage. - inspired by Bill McKibben
A very dangerous threat, not a "cocktail hour curiosity"

BiteClimate change is not a "cocktail hour curiosity." It is a very dangerous threat. Our climate system is an angry beast and we are poking it with a sharp stick. - inspired by Wallace Broecker
We should tax what we burn, not what we earn

Bite"I have long supported a sharp reduction in payroll taxes, with the differences made up in CO2 taxes. We should tax what we burn, not what we earn." - Al Gore
CO2 is only a trace gas.   And arsenic is "only a trace" element.

BiteSaying that CO2 is "only a trace gas" is like saying that arsenic is "only" a trace water contaminant.
CO2 is good for plants?   That's like telling a man on fire...

Bite"CO2 causes more severe droughts and floods, which are very bad for plants. So saying that more CO2 will be good for plants is like telling a man on fire that 'more vitamins will be good for him.'"
More CO2 is good?  Try telling a farmer that...

BiteFarmers know that plants grow best when all their needs are in balance, not just more and more CO2. Crops also need water, nutrients, correct temperature, pollination, weed & pest control, etc.

Global warming means more droughts and floods. No amount of CO2 will grow corn in a ...
We are not the radicals.  Oil companies are the radical ones..

BiteWe are not the radicals. Oil companies are the radicals. They are willing to alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere to make more money. - inspired by Bill McKibben, environmental author and founder of 350.org
Fly on a spaceship with an overheating air control system?

Bite"The earth itself is a spaceship. We had better keep an eye its air control system." - Roger Revelle, Director of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, 1950-1964.
No such thing as a free lunch

BiteThere is no such thing as a free lunch. If there is, you might get food poisoning.
Heat waves are the #1 weather-related killer.

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"Heat waves are the greatest weather related killer in the US. Each year, it kills more people than hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, blizzards, and lightning combined." - Dr. Laurence Kalkstein, Center for Climate Research, University of Delaware.
Hurricane Sandy: A criminal with help from an accomplice

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"If (Hurricane Sandy) was a criminal case, detectives would be treating global warming as a likely accomplice in the crime. - writer Andrew Freedman from ClimateCentral.org
To do nothing during a crisis is not a conservative thing to do

Bite"To do nothing when the situation is changing rapidly is not a conservative thing to do." — Spencer R. Weart from his book, The Discovery of Global Warming.

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