Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Real Greenhouse Gas

An interesting discussion of the greenhouse effect of water vapor vs. CO2 and how they are related in a positive feedback loop. It's written by an environmentalist, which is not usually the point-of-view represented on my blog, but I was impressed by the scientific neutrality of the tone, as opposed to the bombastic pulpit-pounding that's common to true believers of any cause.

One line in particular jumped out at me:

There are many skeptical assertions worth engaging, such as the questionable efficacy of carbon offsets...

Bingo. Finally, someone on the other side who's willing to admit the possibility that wealth redistribution schemes like Kyoto don't fix environmental problems. The sooner we can move away from punitive, economy-killing regulations, the more quickly we can find solutions that make sense for everyone.


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