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Going against the grain

Nature Magazine May 3, 2007 page11: A report entitled –Missing gas saps plant theory, – discusses the controversy stirred up by research that showed that methane is produced by living plants in large amounts. This finding seriously damages the prevalent notion that industry is causing global warming. The author of the article states, “Depending on how the comparison is made methane’s greenhouse effect is between 25 and 70 times as great as that of carbon dioxide.”

I goes almost without saying that the results of the research has stirred up a hornets nest of protest, and several research projects have been launched to debunk the original findings. One of the author on this quest made the statement “…that if it (his study) joins Dueck’s in the peer-reviewed literature, the two together could kill off the theory.”

These remarks are more in tune with a vendetta than scientific research. The object is to find the truth not defend a belief. A statement by Ed Dlugokenchy of Earth System research Laboratory in Boulder, that “…even if the theory can be verified, it is likely to have little bearing on regulations of man-made greenhouse-gas emissions, which are known to be just over half of the global total.” What is astounding about that statement is that if man made greenhouse gas is only half of the problem, why are we ignoring the other half of the problem.

If global warming is going to cause a global disaster which in turn is going to cause worldwide extinctions, hunger, death and general destruction shouldn’t we be addressing the entire problem? It would seem that the consequences are so severe that any and all solutions should be pursued. Why are we focusing only on human behavior? What about all those wet lands that the environmental movement so laboriously had us construct and protect? Could it be that the environmental gods made a mistake?

If global warming is indeed the major disaster that the environmental scientific community has advocated for the last 10 years, none of the causes of this major disaster should be arbitrarily exempted from modification.



By D. J. Dodds

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