Thursday, December 18, 2008

Global Warming - oil, coal or something else?

Two articles today demonstrate the closed thinking about global warming. One states that coal is ten times worse than oil in terms of global warming. The other suggests that the amount of commercially extractable coal is a lot less than previously thought.

What neither article brings up is the fact that carbon dioxide is a relatively unimportant driver for climate change. Water vapor is, along with methane and other gases that emanate from volcanoes and cows, etc. By continually focussing on only the fossil fuel component we are being hammered into thinking there are no other factors involved.

Although I have a great deal of time for Wired.com, both these articles are from its RSS subscription service. Read with caution!