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Tim Metz, your comment is inane and getting laughably out-dated. Do you really think thinking people are unaware of their c02 exhalations? More importantly, do you understand that the emissions of our industrial society dwarf the collective breathing of the 7+ billion people? Drop the reactionary anti-government fear-mongering and start imagining a better solution than he admittedly horrible carbon taxes et. al. You have NOTHING to gain by being an unwitting pawn in the destruction of our ecosystem for other people’s profits (im assuming you aren’t a billionaire posting here).
Yeah, great idea Thomas Belfield. Hey, every time you take a breath, what is it you exhale? CO2! You’re a polluter! Guess we should arrest and prosecute you for “crimes against the environment.” In the meantime, we’ll just sell you on bs, build the narrative, then tax the hell out of you in the form of a “carbon” tax. Happy Veteran’s Day.
Hmmmm a common trope the ‘we all breathe CO2; you’re a polluter!’ argument. The key point against this argument is that it is about acceleration and volume of CO2 production in any biological entity. More to the point the actual level of XO2 produced by a single human is minimal and is not adding to that which already exists as it is consumed through ingesting animal meat (already produced) or exhaled through the same amount that was inhaled by plants amounting to about 3bn tonnes per year.
What is added to the atmosphere is that which is kinetically and temporally released through the burning external to the human body of fossil fuels which are endemic to the production of daily society through vehicles, residential and commercial heating (one of the biggest polluters), construction, air travel, etc. This is added to that which is naturally produced and reproduced. This is where the problem lies: a fossil fuel based economy.
I would like to argue that the ‘environment’ needs to be recognized as having international legal standing before the law. Just as there are crimes against humanity the international community must recognize crimes against the environment or crimes against the earth, if you will. That the current regime of the United States does not recognize the facts of global climate change would be a worthy case in an international court of the environment in which individuals who hold this view are arrested and prosecuted.
I love this idea. We now have animal rights. How much longer will it take to have rights for other natural entities?