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And due to our great lust for energy and electricity and comfortable lifestyles, we will not stop until we all die! It is all amazingly simple and obvious!
We just happen to be lucky that the cold ocean waters are really good at absorbing carbon dioxide, and roughly half the amount we create and dump into the atmosphere each year gets absorbed into the oceans! So this rate of increase in the atmosphere, as amazing as it is, only reflects about HALF of the damage that we are actually causing!
There is every indication that, as the Earth warms up in the near future, the warmed oceans will RELEASE those enormous amounts which are now still being absorbed. That is because water has a peculiar characteristic of absorbing amazing amounts of carbon dioxide if the water is cold, but far less when it heats up just a degree or two.
You might notice something else from the brief chart above. Between the beginning of the Industrial Revolution around andwe humans managed to add about billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. But just between andbarely a decade, we have caused the addition of an additional billion tons!
And there have also been news reports in that say that of all of human history on Earth, fully one-fourth of all the fossil fuels ever burned, have been burned during THIS decade ! I have added another line in the smaller chart above. Even those those statements are not very scientifically credible, I figured I might add a line to represent that situation, which leaders today think is an absolute maximum Global Warming future.
We see here that due to our human activities, the number is already tremendously above that amount, and increasing at a frightening rate.
The discussion below indicates that it WILL happen within about years, where this continual increase will result in all plants to no longer being able to raise enough water from the ground to keep from drying out and wilting, ending the entire food supply for the world.
This seems certain to occur at a time when some children today will probably still be alive to starve to death as a result! Yes, some token efforts will be done to impress Reporters, and to publicly display the results of billions of dollars of Grants that politicians will give away, but any actual significant effort would be extremely detrimental to all modern businesses.
That therefore allows their friends, the billionaires who run the largest Corporations, to proceed as they wish today in pursuing profits, until some latest possible date. But since they KNOW that no one can absolutely identify such an indisputable date, they know that no one will stop their pursuit of profits!
Those political leaders and business leaders KNOW that they can slide by without having to make any "difficult decisions" which would hurt giant Corporations profits that their careers are financially dependent on. Nature will take charge! Those future political leaders will probably never HAVE to make any difficult choices regarding severe cutbacks in usage of fossil fuels!
We can then do the simple multiplication in footnotes here which calculates the amount of Carbon Dioxide that that amount of the fossil fuels will add, beyond what we have already added. If we burn up ALL of the natural gas that is believed to exist, that would be another billion metric tons until natural gas is all used up in around 63 years.
So if we wildly burn up ALL the petroleum and natural gas that we can possibly get our hands on, the worst we can do is to add around another billion metric tons.
Added on to the current amount of 3, billion tons, we will have a difficult time in causing the atmosphere to exceed around 4, billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide in it!
Is that a GOOD thing?
To completely RUN OUT of petroleum and natural gas within a few decades, which then eliminates the need for politicians to force us to cut back? However, humans being what we are, we certainly will choose to focus on burning coal after the gas and oil are either gone or too expensive.
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