dohboi wrote:Sooo, we're still pretty solidly in the 3+ ppm rise per year range, after years of 2ppm/yr rise.
Yet we are told that emissions are plateauing.
What do we make of these apparently contradictory claims?
Plateauing just means the rate
of release is not going up like it was before. We are still releasing a heck of a lot of fossil carbon every minute of every day of every year
Like discussions of the federal budget, people have a severe disconnect between the meaning of terms like deficit vs debt. Every year we have a budget deficit so every year the debt goes up. Reducing the deficit from X to X-2 percent just means the debt grew a little less rapidly.
For CO2 emissions if we were releasing 16 Billion tons of fossil carbon last year and we release another 16 Billion this year we are on a plateau of release rate, BUT WE STILL ADDED 16 BILLION TONS TO THE ATMOSPHERE!!!
I should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, write, balance accounts, build a wall, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, pitch manure, program a computer, cook, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.