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Monday, June 6, 2011

Three Myths About Carbon Dioxide

Emeritus professor of Chemistry talks about the Myths of Carbon Dioxide in his letter to the National Post.

Three myths about carbon dioxide

National Post · Jun. 6, 2011 | Last Updated: Jun. 6, 2011 2:03 AM ET
Re: Gas Prices Would Double Without Ethanol, Ken Field, May 28. Ken Field dispelled three myths surrounding ethanol. I would like to do the same for carbon dioxide.
Myth 1 Man-made CO 2 causes global warming.
Fact 1 Compared to water, CO 2 d
Fact 1 Compared to water, CO 2 does not absorb enough heat energy to be a significant greenhouse gas. There is approximately 40 times more water vapour than CO in the atmosphere.
2 Myth 2 Reducing our carbon footprint will save the Earth from global warming.
Fact 2 Man-made CO 2 is a relatively small amount to the total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Myth 3 CO 2 is a pollutant.
Fact 3 Oxides of nitrogen and sulphur are pollutants. CO 2 is not. It is
a colourless, odourless gas that does not create smog and is essential for life on Earth.
H.F. (Gus) Shurvell, emeritus professor of chemistry , Kingston, Ont.

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