WUWT claims coal smog is good for you?

Here’s one from WUWT on coal. Apparently it’s all a myth. Not only is peer-reviewed climate science flat out wrong, (I mean, we all knew that!  ), but apparently WUWT is also going to disprove the coal-smog-death thing as well. Did you know burning wood makes smoke as well? Oh, and London had smog in 1306? (Wow, imagine that? Next they’ll be telling us that the climate changed naturally before industrialisation!)

Not only that, but coal fired power is GOOD FOR YOU!

“The main products released by modern coal-fired power stations are water vapour and carbon dioxide – both are essential life supporters. Neither one is dangerous. Both make our climate more liveable, but the contribution of carbon dioxide to climate is tiny. And the carbon dioxide produced by burning coal has done more to encourage the growth of plants and the greening of planet Earth than Greenpeace will ever do.”

I’m so glad WUWT is busting open all these worldwide conspiracy theories that are conspiring to misinform us by conscripting the average Joe through secret, conspiratorial strategies straight out of a conspiracy or somethang. I wonder what they’ll find out next? I mean, what if they found out smoking was good for you? (Their friends over at the ironically named Heartland Institute seem to think so!)

“Today’s campaigners against action on climate change are in many cases backed by the same lobbies, individuals, and organisations that sided with the tobacco industry to discredit the science linking smoking and lung cancer. Later, they fought the scientific evidence that sulphur oxides from coal-fired power plants were causing “acid rain.” Then, when it was discovered that certain chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were causing the depletion of ozone in the atmosphere, the same groups launched a nasty campaign to discredit that science, too.”

Yep, I guess there’s just nothing these geniuses cannot disprove by appealing to a few irrelevant historical circumstances, applying skewed logic, and above all, ignoring the causal mechanisms that the peer-reviewed science studies. Sure, there may indeed have been wood-smoke related illness before industrialisation. So? Does that disprove coal related illnesses now? There certainly was naturally occurring climate change before industrialisation. So? Climate scientists know all about the causal mechanisms (Milankovitch cycles) and have stated that there will be no ice ages for another 50,00o years.

Changes in northern hemisphere summer insolation will be dominated by changes in obliquity ε. No declines in 65° N summer insolation, sufficient to cause a glacial period, are expected in the next 50,000 years.

One has to conclude that this is either some kind of cynical test of the intelligence of the average citizen, and someone is having a laugh at our expense, or they are really, really ignorant. I’m not even a scientist and I can see the glaring omissions in these ‘articles’. The professional climatologists must shake their heads in despair.

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1 Response to WUWT claims coal smog is good for you?

  1. mikestasse says:

    I particularly liked “the contribution of carbon dioxide to climate is tiny”….. yeah, like making the planet 33 degrees warmer than it would be without CO2 is a “tiny” effect……

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