Dec 11

The Oregonian reports on a tragedy that struck in Southeast Portland on Wednesday:

Firefighters responded to an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in Southeast Portland late Wednesday that left a man dead and a woman severely injured.

Investigators think the incident was caused by carbon monoxide leaking from a natural gas heater that was not properly ventilated.

Although it went unreported in the web edition of this story, my dead tree edition included the sobering irony:

According to neighbors, the [victims] were friendly but private, and concerned for the environment: [the male victim] had recently announced he would give up his vehicles in an effort to reduce his carbon footprint.

This tragedy illustrates the absurdity of where this world is headed with its demonization and regulation of molecules.   The environmental alarmists have waged a mostly successful campaign to smear the good reputation of carbon dioxide (CO2), a harmless trace gas which is essential for life to exist on earth, and convinced many well-meaning citizens (such as the above victim) that it is mandatory to reduce their emissions of CO2 lest we unleash an imagined climatic apocalypse.  As a result, last week the EPA designated CO2 as a “pollutant”.

Meantime, there’s another molecule with one less oxygen atom, carbon monoxide (CO), that is indeed deadly to humans, in fact it’s “the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America.”

Which begs the question: If we are going to spend our tax dollars protecting citizens from deadly molecules wouldn’t it be smarter to spend more money on providing carbon monoxide alarms than spending that same money on subsidizing alternative energy in the name of limiting emissions of another molecule that is plant food?

My condolences and prayers are with the family of the victim, and his wife.

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Jul 24

‘…there are blessings to be found in those big honking carbon footprints.’

By Editor Cap and trade, Carbon footprint Comments Off on ‘…there are blessings to be found in those big honking carbon footprints.’

Paul A. Ibbetson writes at  RenewAmerica:

It is interesting to note that while science daily disproves the correlation between the growth of carbon emissions and increases in planet temperature, few people speak out about the undeniable correlation between the growth of our “carbon footprint” and the growth of our freedom, stability, and economic prosperity. You see, there are blessings to be found in those big honking carbon footprints. India and China see this clearly, and they have chosen prosperity over carbon credit tomfoolery. Even the little developing nations of the world, with their war, death, and famine, would like to have a shot at a little more carbon footprint growth. That is, they would like to reap the rewards, not the Hollywood hyped detriments of the industrial world. With the Obama and Gore liberals of today, it is the capitalistic smell of the carbon footprint that offends them most; and in defense of such wondrous things, I say, embrace your carbon footprint, cherish it while you have it, and remember what it has given you. In reality, it is not a burning planet but prosperity, stability, and economic growth. Not a bad smell indeed.

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May 11

Irony: Oregon green governor’s subsidized flights to Oregon Coast averaging 1.65 passengers per flight

By Editor Carbon footprint, Gov. Kulongoski Comments Off on Irony: Oregon green governor’s subsidized flights to Oregon Coast averaging 1.65 passengers per flight

The Oregonian reports on a huge waste of taxpayer money, but fails to ask what the carbon footprint is:

Last summer, as economic tides ebbed, a long-awaited wish came true for small communities on the Oregon coast.

The state awarded millions of dollars to kick-start commercial air service to Newport and Astoria, linking them to Portland International Airport for the first time in a decade.

Powered by $4.5 million in state and federal subsidies, the thinking went, passenger planes would bring tourism and business to places in need of an economic jolt. The 30-minute flights — up to three times daily — would free residents from driving hours to PDX.

Less than two months after the service’s March 15 launch, the high hopes of some local leaders and residents have dissipated in a travel-curbing economy. In the service’s first six weeks, each nine-seater aircraft between PDX and the two coastal towns has carried an average of 1.65 passengers, requiring a state subsidy of about $750 a flight, which lets passengers pay as little as $49.

And yes, The Oregonian does point out that this is  Green Governor Ted Kulongoski’s baby:

In July 2008, Kulongoski formed an air coalition and charged the Department of Aviation with helping to restore commercial air service to Oregon’s small towns.

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Jan 12

On the carbon-footprint of Google searches: "QUIT COUNTING COSTS WITHOUT COUNTING BENEFITS"

By Editor Carbon footprint Comments Off on On the carbon-footprint of Google searches: "QUIT COUNTING COSTS WITHOUT COUNTING BENEFITS"

Amen to that.

And the corollary to that is when the alarmists are touting their own schemes they should not only count the benefits, but also count the costs.

Via The Chilling Effect

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Jun 03

Lowest Per Capita Carbon Footprint Of Any Nation On Earth

By Editor Carbon footprint, Carpe Diem Comments Off on Lowest Per Capita Carbon Footprint Of Any Nation On Earth

Via WonderMark, via Carpe Diem, click to enlarge.

Gore lied.

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