Ban Swamps!

It’s almost as if atmospheric gasses are a part of a very complex system which defies prediction or manipulation with today’s technology!



“When they say agriculture, do they mean me?”

The amount of methane in the atmosphere is growing, but it’s not coming from where you think.

While methane from fracking and other fossil-fuel activity hasn’t increased over the last 10 years, agriculture, landfills, and wetlands are getting gassier, according to a new study in Nature.


In other words, a main greenhouse gas is being produced by agriculture (which is a souped up natural process) landfills (where things naturally decompose) and wetlands (which are nature.)  So while climate charlatans pretend we can predict carbon dioxide readings, predict the consequences and make global policy to make all things better, the everglades are screwing up the equation.

We will soon look at climate science with the same respect offered to phrenology, astrology, witch burning and other pseudosciences of the primitive ages.  

The latest findings reflect the most comprehensive information we have, but our understanding is still hazy. Bryan Duncan of NASA, unaffiliated with the study, summed it up: “There are too many [methane] sources and not enough data.”


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One Response to Ban Swamps!

  1. onwyrdsdream says:

    Methane is said to be a greenhouse gas, but it isn’t really all that persistent in atmospheres with moderately high oxygen levels, and there is such a trivial amount of it that it isn’t really troubling if it were to double once or twice. Now if only I could think of a planet with .. say.. about 21% oxygen by volume…

    Doubling when your sources and drains are constant is one of those time doubles to double amount, and is unlikely to be an issue that needs to be considered in the lifetime of anyone conceived in my lifetime. Actually, while I don’t know how the sources of methane will behave with time, the drain will increase with amount so it isn’t really a big deal.

    Well, a function with the opposite shape describes the increase in the total amount of human capital. The total wealth in the world is far more than was the case in 1900, and in 2100, that is likely to be true again, as long as the question “is there anything in the world that I can improve that people want, is there anything people want that isn’t made I know how to make, or is there anything I can improve how the same is produced” remains true. Which is to say, putting off a problem we don’t know if it is really a problem or not until we do know would also put it off until not only can we afford to address it, but that the cost would actually end up being somewhat trivial. At least, relative to now.

    Honestly, if in 100 years people don’t point and laugh at the EPA and the UN’s present obsessions I’ll be a little shocked.

    though perhaps it will take 200 years.


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