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Climate Alarmists Target New “Greenhouse Gas” in Latest Deal

Climate Alarmists Target New “Greenhouse Gas” in Latest Deal

Yesterday’s ozone depleter is today’s greenhouse gas!

Now that the Paris Climate accords targeting carbon dioxide are being implemented, with regulatory restrictions and wealth redistribution systems being firmly established, climate alarmists need a new target.

It appears they have quickly found one: Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Nearly 200 nations have reached a deal to limit the use of greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide in a major effort to fight climate change.

The talks on hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, have been called the first test of global will since the historic Paris Agreement to cut carbon emissions was reached last year. HFCs are described as the world’s fastest-growing climate pollutant and are used in air conditioners and refrigerators.

The agreement announced Saturday morning, after all-night negotiations, caps and reduces the use of HFCs in a gradual process beginning in 2019 with action by developed countries including the United States, the world’s second worst polluter. More than 100 developing countries, including China, the world’s top carbon emitter, will start taking action in 2024.

Hydrofluorocarbons are chemicals comprised of hydrogen, carbon, and fluorine atoms. They are used as an alternative to chlorofluorocarbons in foam production, refrigeration, and other key industrial processes.

Readers may remember that chlorofluorocarbons were once identified as “ozone-depleting agents” and are now strictly regulated under the Montreal Protocol of 1987 and several specific kinds are banned for use within the United States (per the regulations of the EPA). In fact, this new climate deal is an amendment of the Montreal Protocol.

How is the ozone layer doing now?

In a major new paper in the influential journal Science, a team of researchers report strikingly good news about a thirty year old environmental problem. The Antarctic ozone “hole” — which, when it was first identified in the mid-1980s, focused public attention like few other pieces of environmental news — has begun, in their words, to finally “heal.”

So, it already beginning to close, and the climate alarmists are pressing to phase out the replacements despite the evidence the “fix” worked?

Hence, the HFCs have been reclassified as “greenhouses gases”. This contemptible manipulation proves that the new deal is simply more of a power-and-money grab by environmental activists.

Interestingly studies have shown that climate patterns such as El Niño impact the size of the ozone hole. Furthermore, the levels of oxygen have been highly variable over the history of the earth, and it takes oxygen and ultraviolet radiation to generate ozone.

The main source of ultraviolet radiation is the sun. As I have noted before, the levels of solar energy may be decreasing as part of a natural sunspot cycle.

Therefore, I anticipate this new agreement will be toxic to the global economy and our prosperity while having no meaningful impact on the environment.

One last note: What do the climate alarmists intend to do about the most significant greenhouse gas on the plant…water vapor?

Perhaps the environmental activists will dream-up another cause for alarmism? I shudder to think.


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Three of Alinsky’s rules:

“Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

“The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.

“The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.

This just in – Scientists revealed today the biggest cause of Global warming is Polar Bear Farts!

What’s the big deal about global warming? I welcome the help in lowering my heating costs. People complain about droughts and now we will have more water when the polar ice caps melt. I’m pretty sure that before the caps were ice, they were water. It’s just a cycle that the earth goes through so enjoy the ride. If things go my way, I just may end up with some beach front property without spending a dime. Damned Pessimists.

No one has ever explained to my satisfaction how those hydrofloracarbons traveled from my spray cans all the way to the south pole to cause a hole in the ozone layer. One would think that it would appear above the worlds most industialized and advanced country in the world – unless of course these trace atmosheric gases are not the culprit.

What we don’t know is whether or not the reduced use of of CFC’s should be getting all the credit. One model maker discovered that the tracked reduction in the size of the hole can be attributed to increased airplane traffic – where the line graph shows that the more the traffic the less the ozone hole size in a direct relationship statistically.

“[T]he same result by comparing the production of plastic spoons or carton boxes with the shrinking of the ozone layer. The fact is that air traffic, plastic spoons and carton boxes are all linked with the growth of industrial production in general. As unlikely as it seems, and as much as I like it, this model proves nothing.”

Which means that the assumptions made that the ozone hole changed as a result of the Montreal Accord does not prove anything either.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to gad-fly. | October 16, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Our atmosphere is apparently unmoored from the land. There’s this crazy force just discovered that moves airborne elements all over the place called “wind”.

Al Gore discovered global warming when he was taking a break from inventing the internet.

AGW is junk science, and junk science is forever required to move the goalposts. C02 fearmongering not working? Find a new boogeyman: HFCs.

There appears to be a fight between environmentalists and, well, everybody else. What is getting misplaced is the distinction between REAL environmentalists vs. fake camp-followers of protest movements. REAL environmentalists are dismayed by the wild accusations from the FAKE / PRETEND environmentalists, and that the press seem to be too stupid to note the difference.

The battle lines need to be more clearly drawn.

Paul In Sweden | October 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Years back the biggest scam was the Chinese companies making gobs of HFCs for the sole purpose of collecting the money from the West for destroying the very same. Guess the scam is still alive.