Grassroots Commentary

Easier to Criticize Than Propose Solutions

By Albert Maslar · Feb. 28, 2013

Mark Twain famously said, “Everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it,” but some attribute the quote to his neighbor and friend, Charles Dudley Warner, a Connecticut newspaperman.

The point may very well be that it is easier to criticize something, even the weather, than propose solutions, not that the global warming but now climate change people can offer solutions other than to tax carbon dioxide emissions for who knows what ulterior motives.

Humans produce more carbon dioxide than any other individual source by breathing in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide. Plants, through the process of photosynthesis, take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, proving that carbon dioxide is a natural part of the life cycle.

According to skepticalscience.com, “Carbon collected by plant life eventually forms the base of the food chain, eaten by animals, which are eaten by other animals, and so on. As humans, we are part of this food chain. All the carbon in our body comes either directly or indirectly from plants, which took it out of the air only recently. When we breathe out, all the carbon dioxide we exhale has already been accounted for. By performing cellular respiration, we are simply returning to the air the same carbon that was there to begin with. Remember, it's a carbon cycle, not a straight line – and a good thing, too!”

The above paragraph seems to point to the conclusion that interaction of plant and animal life forms creates a zero sum game for carbon dioxide; input and output are relatively equal and balance each other out.

The remaining question is how much of non-life created carbon dioxide, mainly from burning of fossil fuels for energy and manufacturing, does or does not get absorbed and balanced out by plant life and converted into oxygen. Regardless, government through EPA regulations and environmentalist pressure want to tax carbon dioxide in order to tax it out of existence, but is that even possible or desirable? And then what are the unforeseen consequences for the long-suffering masses?

Applying the vicissitudes of weather to those of politics, the Republican Party is suffering from a nagging identity crisis in that many GOP self-appointed leaders promulgate the notion that the GOP must discard its basic social values and become more like Liberal Democrats it they are to ever regain the presidency.

Deep-seated moral religious values, God, Ten Commandments, freedom of religion, government funded abortion and contraceptives, homosexual and gay marriage agendas must be on the same page and set aside in order for the GOP to have a reasonable chance to unseat liberals and win the presidency in the future. If both parties are the same, the result is a one-party two-party system that would in effect be the steamroller to stampede the people into whatever government and liberals dictate, with “dictate” being the operative word.

Mitt Romney’s wife Ann publicly advised backing away from social issues, proving her ignorance of Conservative core values. The proof of failure of that outlook has thus been proven in that 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney effectively took that route, taking social issues off the table directly and indirectly by maintaining an ill-fated ambivalence that may have cost him victory.

It is a truism that it is easier to criticize than propose solutions but in the process, abandonment of core values muddies the waters separating two major parties. Results are hazardous and counter-productive if the intern emulates false guidelines of the mentor. Criticism is the first step in solving problems in that solution demands recognition of the problem, without which there can be no valid solution. 

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13 Comments

Diane in Tx said:

The argument of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air always reminds me of the hazards of dihydrogen monoxide.

Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death. (http://www.netreach.net/~rjones/no_dhmo.html)

If you are not in the know about DHMO - its common name is water.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Rob_Honeycutt in CA replied:

That is a childish analogy.

Go to google scholar and pull up research papers on global warming. You'll find that nearly all the published research accepts that humans are warming the planet through burning fossil fuels.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Jan Freed in Los Angeles CA said:

Humans, in addition to breathing out CO2, have emitted, by the burning of fossil fuels, about 500 billion EXTRA tons of CO2, increasing its percentage about 40%. CO2 acts like a blanket, holding in heat.

We know of no other cause (like orbits, precession, sun spots, sun luminosity, volcanoes, etc.) that account for the rise in global temperature, and consequent extreme weather's increased severity and frequency.

But thanks for the lesson on respiration. Very interesting. However, our planet is the only one known to support life, so let's not gamble with it. A carbon tax will change Big Oil and Coal for the damage that they have done (more than $500 billion/year) and all fees (you call them taxes) are to be returned to the taxpayer to fully compensate for higher gas prices, etc.

It's the cheapest solution. Scoffing? The most expensive.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 3:28 PM

G. Daylan in Peoria, IL replied:

Please look up the specific heat values for nitrogen and oxygen (the two main components of air (comprising almost 99%) and that of carbon dioxide (about .05%) and then think about how increasing it by .01% can contribute to global warming. Also learn that all gasses are soluble in all other gasses and then defend your assertion that carbon dioxide "acts like a blanket." Finally learn that taxes on bussinesses are passed on to the consumers in prices so figure out how these taxes that you say will be returned to the taxpayers will compensate for their losses. When did a government return any taxes to us?

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 4:39 AM

Murray Bass in California replied:

Jan, at least get your numbers right. From 1956 to 1995. the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide increased from 335ppm to 355 ppm. __ a total of bewteen 6 an 7%. The rate of increase has grown from about 1.0 ppm anually to 1.6 ppm annually on the same 40 year period. From 1940 to 1990 the concentration of atmospheric carbon dixide increased a total of 12% from about 310 ppm to 350 ppm without any trend in emperature increases. These measurements were taken at Mt. Muana Loa in Hawaii. Where did 40% come from?

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 6:48 PM

V. Weeks in Savannah, GA said:

Take a deep breath. Don't worry, that has nothing to do with climate change. http://clmtr.lt/cb/pwi0sA

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Courtney C. Fischer in San Rafael, CA said:

Take a deep breath. Don't worry, that has nothing to do with climate change. http://clmtr.lt/cb/pwi

Sticking to facts would make your article stronger. For example, human beings must make many adaptive changes to get to a "solution" of slowing down the rate of climate change. Many options have and are being discussed. It isn't about carbon credits. If we don't make some changes, we'll look like the continents of people who refused to believe in Darwinism because it involved changing their world views. Except stupider. And FYI, all the scientific bodies in the WORLD have been discussing the reality of climate change for over a decade--the ongoing debate has been about how fast it is. And the answer is in. Very, very fast.
I take exception to "not that...climate change people can offer solutions other than to tax carbon dioxide emissions for who knows what ulterior motives."

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Rob_Honeycutt in CA said:

Humans breathing is part of the natural carbon cycle and doesn't ADD any carbon to the atmosphere at all. What is happening is, we are digging up ancient carbon (oil, gas, coal), burning it, and reintroducing that carbon back into the atmosphere at a pace which natural systems can't absorb.

It's been known for over 150 years that CO2 is a strong greenhouse gas. We know that atmospheric CO2 is increasing from burning of fossil fuels. We know that doing this will warm the planet. These are not debatable. These are just basic physical facts.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM

G. Daylan in Peoria, IL replied:

The gasses in air are constantly mixed by wind. Please calculate the amount of air surrounding the hard part of the planet and then calculate how much fuel needs to be oxidized to increase the level of carbon dioxide even .01%. Explain how a "greenhouse gas" works and who knew about it 150 years ago. Explain why Russia is experiencing one of its most severe winters. After you accomplish this I will consider your comments.

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Jimmy in WY said:

"The remaining question is how much of non-life created carbon dioxide, mainly from burning of fossil fuels for energy and manufacturing, does or does not get absorbed and balanced out by plant life and converted into oxygen."

This question has been answered definitively by measurement. NASA has a good page on it http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Murray Bass in California replied:

Not a simgle splution offered. Nor has anyone mentioned that the increase in carbon dioxide represents a miiscule impact on climate change compared to natural cycles, solar flares, changes in the earths axis and the like. . No one has mentioned the fact that marine plant life converts a significant amount of the CO2 into oxygen. "The sky is falling, the sky is falling.".

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

JM in WA said:

Take a deep breath. Don't worry, that has nothing to do with climate change. http://clmtr.lt/cb/pwi0vq Wake up and smell the reality.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

RD in Kitchener said:

Take a deep breath. Don't worry, that has nothing to do with climate change. http://clmtr.lt/cb/pwi
What about actually adding a bit of truth?!

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:31 PM