Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Burning fossil fuels is a moral imperative

Dr. John Christy, climatologist and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama, Huntsville responds to the Pope's encyclical:
...We have a “moral imperative” to burn carbon dioxide-emitting fossil fuels because the energy they provide is a “liberator” of humanity ...

...“We are not morally bad people for taking carbon and turning it into the energy that offers life to humanity in a world that would otherwise be brutal ... On the contrary, we are good people for doing so."
... Carbon-based energy, which is “the most affordable and reliable source of energy in demand today, liberates people from poverty,” ... “Without energy, life is brutal and short.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"taking carbon and turning it into the energy"
"Carbon-based energy"

So sick of seeing this. There's no such thing as "carbon based energy" there's only hydrogen based energy. Fossil fuels are hydrocarbons and it's hydrogen we are burning and the carbon dioxide is only a waste product of burning the hydrogen.

Another thing I'm seeing a lot lately,the names carbon and carbon dioxide being interchanged. Carbon and carbon dioxide are two very different things. Saying carbon and CO2 and the same thing is like saying hydrogen and H2O are the same thing.