Plants Need CO2, Therefore It Doesn’t Cause Global Warming?

HLeightonStewardI’m sure the Internet has its fair share of wackos trying to prove that global warming is not human-made nor dangerous. But I’m going to focus on this one, because he’s just so adorable.

His reasoning: Plants Need Co2. Therefore, how could CO2 be a pollutant? In fact, he’s so emphatic about this that he named his organization just that: “Plants Need CO2”

The mission of this 501(c)(3) nonprofit? “To educate the public on the positive effects of additional atmospheric CO2 and help prevent the inadvertent negative impact to human, plant and animal life if we reduce CO2.”

Yes, we all learned in 3rd grade biology that plants breathe in CO2. This does not mean that it’s not a pollutant.

They also argue that warmer is better than colder. After all, what makes better beach weather? The site reports: “Health wise, statistics indicate that heart attacks, strokes and respiratory deaths are much less frequent in Earth’s warmer climates.”

Thankfully, these people are around to debunk those myths created by scientists that are just making a big ol’ deal out of nothing. From the site

Myth: Man-made CO2 emissions will endanger the health and welfare of humanity and jeopardize Earth’s food supply.

Fact: Absolutely false. First, CO2 is in no way a pollutant.  Second, Additional CO2 will be a great benefit to the production of more food as well as general greening of Earth and her habitats and ecosystems. Third, humanity now live in the climate extremes of the Earth so is very adaptable to what small impact CO2 may have in contributing to other natural causes of warming.

Really, I couldn’t make this stuff up.

Audrey is a freelance copywriter. She has worked with every kind of company, helping them to communicate their message of sustainability. Careful to never greenwash, Audrey believes that transparency in marketing is just as important as branding. And that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive. When she's not blogging, marketing sustainability or writing radio commercials for Chinese food, you can find Audrey rock-climbing, riding her bike around San Francisco, or looking for work (she's available for hire, call now!)

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