Is CO2 a poison and is carbon capture a good idea?

Carbon Dioxide bubbles in soda – Wikipedia

Carbon Dioxide: Hero or Villian?

Effects of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) on our bodies –  CO2  is not a poison or a pollutant. It only kills by displacing oxygen, causing suffocation from lack of oxygen. Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen are both suffocants, not poisons. We need CO2 to build up in our blood (as a product of metabolism) to trigger our smother response and prompt our bodies to take a spontaneous breath. The reason Nitrogen (gas or liquid) is so dangerous to work with is because Nitrogen doesn’t trigger the smother response that tells us we are suffocating. CO2 continues to be expelled, but no oxygen is carried to the cells, so that unconsciousness and death come without warning.

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) – On the other hand, Carbon Monoxide, CO, from incomplete combustion, is a poison. It permanently attaches to oxygen/ carbon dioxide receptors in red blood cells, so that less oxygen is carried to the cells and less CO2 is expelled.  When enough red blood cells are compromised, unconsciousness and death follow. Full recovery only comes when the poisoned red blood cells are destroyed and replaced with new cells, which can take up to 120 days.

A less than lethal dose or chronic low level exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) results in flu like symptoms, headache, malaise, breathlessness, etc. These conditions may occur over time without our knowledge due to improperly ventilated hydrocarbon heaters or fireplaces and leaking or blocked chimney flues or leaking auto exhausts.  I experienced this in an old house I was renting when the chimney collapsed inside my bedroom wall. I had flu like symptoms for several weeks before I realized what was happening.

Effects of adding CO2 on plant growth .

Benefits of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) –  Plants need CO2 to make sugars by photosynthesis and to grow. Lower levels of CO2 result in stunted growth. Greenhouses often pump in extra CO2 to enhance growth. If the level in the atmosphere is reduced as much as the environmentalists advocate, crops and forests will suffer. Our slightly elevated level, at 400 ppm, up from 295 ppm seventy years ago, has had a beneficial greening effect on forests, crops, deserts, grasslands and oceans. Plants with elevated CO2 also lose less water due to reduced pore size so that they are more tolerant of dry conditions. Overall, the added CO2 in the atmosphere has increased crop yields and improved lives in poor countries.

What about Carbon Capture? – There is a lot of talk about carbon capture. By that they mean to capture CO2 from fossil fuel burning and force it underground for long term storage. No workable system has been developed yet. But if we could, is it practical or even safe? The problem with this scenario is that gases have a nasty habit of moving around and even erupting to kill wildlife and people. The truth is that unless that CO2 is permanently converted to carbonate rock or other solid form such as biomass, the stored gas can erupt and kill without warning.  An infamous example is the Lake Nyos, Cameroon, disaster that suffocated and killed over 1700 people in 1986. Without warning the gas erupted from the bottom of the lake, blanketed the entire valley and smothered everyone and all the animals in its path. See Wikipedia article here for more details.

Lake Nyos as it appeared eight days after the eruption – Wikipedia

Assuming we would want to remove the man made CO2 from exhaust gases, other means of removing some of the CO2 include scrubbing with solvents in industrial settings, or recycling the CO2 through other chemical processes, or using it to enhance growth in greenhouses and using it to grow tanks of algae that can be harvested, dried and used as feed stock for burning in power plants, etc.

What about Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change? In an earlier post I explained the scientific reasons why Carbon Dioxide is not the driver of Climate Change, but is a trailing indicator of warming.  See link below. Most of the warming due to Carbon Dioxide occurred in the distant past. Otherwise we would be a frozen planet. The atmosphere is at near-maximum absorption of heat by CO2.  Any additional Carbon Dioxide will have very little effect. Water vapor, ocean currents and the sun are among the major drivers of global warming or cooling, none of which are well understood and can’t be controlled by man. As such, these other drivers are ignored by the environmentalists whose real goal is to impose socialist style control on us, while claiming to save us from climate change.

See post AGW Claims vs. Truth – 2. Carbon Dioxide and Warming

Center for the Study of CO2 petitions EPA to repeal the endangerment finding — JunkScience.com

This will require a second Trump term. You can read the petition here: Web | PDF.

via Center for the Study of CO2 petitions EPA to repeal the endangerment finding — JunkScience.com

Hearts of Darkness: Richest Nations Push Unreliable Renewables to Keep Africans Forever Poor — STOP THESE THINGS

There’s something altogether cynical about well-healed nations forcing the impoverished to embrace expensive and unreliable wind and solar. It is, of course, all done in the name of ‘saving the planet’. [Note to Ed: Not to mention saving the manufacturers of industrial wind turbines and solar panels, who are struggling back home]. As any economist […]

via Hearts of Darkness: Richest Nations Push Unreliable Renewables to Keep Africans Forever Poor — STOP THESE THINGS

46 STATEMENTS By IPCC Experts Against The IPCC — Climatism

“We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.“ – Timothy Wirth Fmr President of the UN Foundation *** 46 ENLIGHTENING statements by IPCC experts against the IPCC : Dr Robert Balling: “The IPCC notes […]

via 46 STATEMENTS By IPCC Experts Against The IPCC — Climatism

Kevin Sorbo discusses Climate Hustle 2 with Huckabee — Watts Up With That?

Kevin and Sam Sorbo on Huckabee on TBN discuss the upcoming documentary Climate Hustle 2, narrated by Kevin. Aired 2/29 on TBN. Full interview here.

via Kevin Sorbo discusses Climate Hustle 2 with Huckabee — Watts Up With That?

Same CO2 but ‘greener’ label for proposed UK petrol change — Tallbloke’s Talkshop

E10 petrol still emits carbon dioxide (CO2) when burned, just as biomass fuelled power stations do. So if there really was a ‘climate emergency’ this proposed change would have zero immediate effect on it. The report claims E10 ‘contains less carbon and more ethanol than fuels currently on sale’, but that’s negligible. What happens is […]

via Same CO2 but ‘greener’ label for proposed UK petrol change — Tallbloke’s Talkshop

Scorched Earth Policy: Entire Forests Being Clear-Felled To Make Way For Mega-Wind Turbines — STOP THESE THINGS

In one breath the wind industry and its acolytes talk about “saving the planet”, in the next they’re destroying it, wholesale. Millions of birds, bats and bugs are being wiped out with impunity. And millions of acres of forest have been treated with the same malicious contempt. In Scotland, since 2000, the wind industry has […]

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