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Bites on potential benefits of increased CO2 -- in health, agriculture, northern latitudes,  - compared to the costs and risks.

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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
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.
Nice summer in Minnesota.  But I had to work both days!

BiteMinnesotans say: Last summer was nice, but I had to work both days!
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 ...
Like a train, change starts slowly but hard to stop

BiteClimate change is like a train: it starts slowly, but it’s awfully hard to stop once it gains a bit of momentum.