Is CO2 really a pollutant? Actually, without it, this is a dead planet.

CO2 is a minor component of our atmosphere and is essential for plant growth. NASA studies show more CO2 in the atmosphere is greening the planet.

Studies show that if there is a 100 percent increase in CO2 levels increases plant growth from 22-41 percent, depending on plant type.

Despite this, and bowing to political pressure, Wyoming is working on adding carbon-capture systems to existing coal-fired power plants in Wyoming.

This will cause a significant increase in your electric bills.

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The price will be high for consumers. It could cost the average residential ratepayer an additional $100 per month, according to Black Hills Corp’s initial filings to the Wyoming Public Service Commission. (WyoFile).

 

According to Black Hills Corp', The retrofit costs alone could range from $400 million to $1 billion for each coal unit.

The story from (WyoFile) goes into detail on the state mandate and other uses for CO2, like selling it to industry, rather than pumping it into the ground.

So is it really imparitive that we do this?

Let's look at some NASA science on the subject.

Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, NASA Study Finds

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Half of the Earth’s vegetated lands have shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising CO2 levels, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25.

An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or amount of leaf cover, over the planet’s vegetated regions. (NASA).

 

Most CO2 in the atmosphere does not come from human activity.

About half of the 10 billion tons of carbon emitted into the atmosphere by humans. That is actually a tiny percentage of the total atmosphere. About 0.04%.

Most of it is stored in the oceans and plants.

“While our study did not address the connection between greening and carbon storage in plants, other studies have reported an increasing carbon sink on land since the 1980s, which is entirely consistent with the idea of a greening Earth,” said co-author Shilong Piao of the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences at Peking University.

With this information at hand, why are we trying to keep this stuff out of the atmosphere?

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