Brian Cox and Malcolm Roberts clash over climate change
Comment: 672 days ago
"Why not reduce burning fossil fuels - just in case it makes a difference? What is there to lose?" I sort of agree with reducing the burning of fossil fuels. Not only does it put CO2 into the atmosphere, it puts other chemicals like carbon monoxide, radon, and benzene. CO2 can actually be a good product as that is plant food. Without it, plants cannot survive.
Why don't we talk more about deforestation which prevents that CO2 from being absorbed by the plants because we are killing those plants? One of the biggest producer of greenhouse gas is animal farming. Instead of trying to get everyone to invest $30,000 on solar for their home (and more if you're not close to the equator), make eating animals illegal and force everyone to eat only fruits and vegetables. Stop creating concrete as that is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas too. But the government is only concerned about energy and blind to other solutions.
Another good reason to stop burning fossil fuels is that we will eventually run out of them. We need to start using renewable energy sources. Solar is very expensive right now and it is actually cheaper to produce electricity using fossil fuels. As soon as it becomes more expensive due to its rarity, then there isn't really incentive for companies to produce electricity any other way. Solar has a break-even payback time of about 15 years (last between 20 and 25 years) but most people live in their homes less than 5 years. You will not get all your money back when you sell your house so you're flushing your money down the toilet.
I am in "Group C". I do not deny that climate change is happening. I know that humans are producing CO2. I know CO2 is a greenhouse gas. But how much effect that CO2 has on the planet has not been proven and people of all demographics are quick to give their opinions without any facts. A common piece of evidence regarding human created CO2 is the reason our planet is warming is the "Overwhelming concensus of all the scientists." Like Malcolm mentioned in the video, that is not science and therefore is not proof. I also believe that we are coming out of an ice age and the planet would be warming anyway. If you look at the historical record of the planet when life had already been here, it is usually 25C and we are only at 16C now. Once we are completely out of that ice age, we should be back to the normal 25C that the planet has been at the majority of the time life existed.
Some things that make me skeptical about CO2 and it's correlation to climate is the historical record of CO2 versus temperatures show there is no correlation. There have been about 60,000 (relying on my memory here) chemical testing the past of CO2 levels and they are greater than they are today but the temperatures were not as high as they are today. Scientists dismiss those as anomalies because they do not fit within the story they are trying to tell.
If it was stated that we shouldn't use up our precious resources and don't add any more polution which you can visually see in countries like China, then I would be all supportive. But to make up fake science to scare the public into thinking all life on the planet will die because of CO2 production is, in my opinion, the wrong approach to the problem.