Precautionary Principle and AGW

Over in another social media, an executive of a major corporation responded to me that his company “like Apple, Google, Walmart, P&G and others”… “reaffirm our Act on Climate Pledge” based in part on the Precautionary Principle. The Precautionary Principle is a false premise in this context and must be discarded. The Precautionary Principle requires that you do no harm or less harm.  In other words, he and his company presume that reducing CO2 emissions does no harm or less harm than doing nothing about CO2. But that is categorically false.

The ONLY vector for carbon to enter the biological food chain is via CO2 in the atmosphere which is used by plants in photosynthesis. Animals, bacteria, etc then metabolize the carbon containing molecules produced in plants and thus progressively that carbon is passed up the food chain where it becomes part of your body.

In other words, for his company or for the world to decide to reduce CO2 emissions is a decision to reduce the growth of plant life which will consequently reduce all life on this planet. Therefore that decision contradicts the principle to do no harm. Removing or reducing CO2 emissions is NOT a harmless decision, and you can easily prove that for yourself.

Here is a simple and inexpensive experiment to prove that more CO2 is better.  Make two terrariums with the same mix of various plants and fish, frogs etc if you wish in both terrariums, both with glass plates on top to seal them. Put them both in normal sunshine side by side. In one terrarium have only normal tap water. In the other terrarium replace some of the tap water with some seltzer water or add a small amount of dry ice to increase the CO2 concentration in that terrarium. You can then watch the terrarium with higher CO2 become greener and more abundant. And after that, to further prove it, add some seltzer water or dry ice to the terrarium which previously had only tap water. You will then see the growth of that terrarium improve. This is the reason CO2 is used widely in commercial greenhouses to increase the growth of green plants.

In summary, reducing the emissions of CO2 harms all life by reducing the growth of plants in the oceans and lands of earth, which in turn will reduce all life on earth.  Removing CO2 is not harmless.

In the last 600 million years, only the last part of the Carboniferous Period and in the ice age and in our present age have CO2 levels been less than 400 ppm. Plant life is starving for more CO2 today at only 400 ppm.  Average global temperatures in the Early Carboniferous Period were approximately 20° C (68° F), then cooling over millions of years to about 12° C (54° F), which is about average global temperature today. CO2 concentration in the early Carboniferous Period was about 1500 ppm, almost 4 times higher than today, declining to about 350 ppm CO2 by the middle of the Carboniferous. The explosion of abundant plant growth and coal beds that formed in the swamps occurred 286 – 360 million years ago and is the reason for the name, “Carboniferous Period.” This was still 30 million years before dinosaurs lived, and as far as we know there were no humans, factories or SUVs. The Carboniferous was a time when Earth was ruled by giant plants and insects in vast jungles and swamps, and glaciers grew and melted. It is a period well worth studying since there were many similarities to today in climate changes and environmental conditions. It is interesting to read about it as you observe your terrarium experiment.

We’ll see whether this executive accepts my proposal to debate. (This is an illustration of the Carboniferous period.)


About budbromley

Bud is a retired life sciences executive. Bud's entrepreneurial leadership exceeded three decades. He was the senior business development, marketing and sales executive at four public corporations, each company a supplier of analytical and life sciences instrumentation, software, consumables and service. Prior to those positions, his 19 year career in Hewlett-Packard Company's Analytical Products Group included worldwide sales and marketing responsibility for Bioscience Products, Global Accounts and the International Olympic Committee, as well as international management assignments based in Japan and Latin America. Bud has visited and worked in more than 65 countries and lived and worked in 3 countries.
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6 Responses to Precautionary Principle and AGW

  1. budbromley says:

    Teachers could also take students to tour commercial greenhouses where they pump in CO2 to increase their growth rate. Here’s an example article.


  2. budbromley says:

    According to this research, the optimum concentration of CO2 for plants is about twice as high as today. “Pot plants, cut flowers, vegetables and forest plants show very positive effects from CO2 enrichment by increased dry weight, plant height, number of leaves and lateral branching. Plant quality expressed by growth habit and number of flowers is often enhanced by CO2 enrichment. The rooting of cuttings is often stimulated by high CO2 levels.”

    “The optimal CO2 concentration for growth and yield seems to lie between 700 and 900 μl l−1, and this CO2 level is generally recommended in greenhouses. CO2 concentrations higher than 1000 μl l−1 might cause growth reductions and leaf injuries, and certainly do increase the loss of CO2 due to leakage from the greenhouse.”…/art…/pii/0304423887900288


  3. This is the best way to disprove all this baloney about Climate change and CO2 being harmful. I would like to send this article on to my grandchildren. This is the best school general science experiment I have seen for upper grades in Elementary school and Middle school to use in class.

    With your permission, I would like to share this. They are teaching are children a lie and this quickly exposes the lie being taught.

    Suzanne Chupp


  4. Mr. Bromley, the experts-on-parade-in-the-media have based their assessments and forecasts on a fictitious timeline. Contradicting and exposing their fraud is hundreds of historic documents – handwritten in Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Dutch, etc. – that tell us their geological timeline is preposterous, their historic timeline is nonsense and the biblical timeline, adhered to by those of faith, is also intentional disinfo.

    To bow down to fake science gods that claim to have the truth – when they have only lunacy and lies – is to be so detached from reality as to be insane. Those who pat themselves on the back for being intelligent, educated and scientifically-minded typically fail to spend decades doing research which could have resulted in the awareness that our ancestors – from all across the world – have provided us with a very different timeline for the cataclysms and subsequent geological anomalies, the glaciers, sociopolitical cultures, etc.

    Because the timeline of the expert-on-parade is all wrong, their assessments and forecasts for CO2, CH4, SLR, etc., are also all wrong. A preliminary review of their previous forecasts proves beyond all doubt that they are clueless. The experts thought the meltdown of the Antarctic ice would take thousands of years and yet in the past few years, glaciologists have begun to admit the rapid meltdown is happening much faster than they thought was possible – these errors in their forecasts results from their beliefs about the climate in general – and the Antarctic ice in particular – are based on speculation, fiction, guesswork, theories, hypothesis, etc., which is entirely unnecessary since hundreds of historic documents provide us with the full history of the Antarctic ice, the Antarctic mountains, the colossal tsunami waves that have pulverized and decimated it, etc.

    The timeline the experts believe in is so far removed from the timeline detailed by our ancestors as to require us to disregard most of what the experts tell us – including the reports on sea ice extent – which is measured from the northern borders of the ice shelves – since the ice shelves have been rapidly melting, breaking into pieces, opening up crevasses, cracks, rifts, etc., over the past few years, to use sea ice as a measure of the status of the Antarctic ice is to be detached from the reality of the rapidly dwindling ice shelves which results in overlooking the billions of tons of glaciers will soon have inadequate support beneath them which will result in the glaciers crashing into the sea which will launch colossal tsunami waves that will race all across the world. This is not speculation – it is history repeating itself.

    According to hundreds of historic documents – from all across the world – which are corroborated by thousands of independent sources including bathymetric charts going back decades, maps of tectonic boundaries, topographic maps, linguistics, megalithic structures, statuary, etc., threats from CO2, 2C, CH4 and SLR are not even in the top ten threats to humanity.

    The greatest threats to human survival – according to the historic documents – are rapid tectonic migration, tectonic upheaval, large magnitude quakes, volcanic explosions, volcanic landslides, pyroclastic flows, suffocating ash, sedimentary layers of volcanic ash piling up at several meters per hour, broken dams, the subsequent raging flood waters and then colossal tsunami waves. All of these cataclysms are more imminent – all across the world – than the danger of sea level rise in 100 years.

    Of course, a person would need to study the evidence in the hundreds of historic documents before they would begin to grasp the urgency of the situation – and since next to no one has applied themselves to this study, neither you nor anyone else will believe it. The fact remains that the experts-on-parade have embraced a fraudulent historic timeline and therefore all their assessments and forecasts are wrong. Meanwhile, the Antarctic ice shelves are rapidly melting while billions of tons of glaciers push down on them – what happens next is physics – but since the public is given a fake history, they are unaware of the imminent dangers.

    Anyone with a basic understanding of the ice shelves and glaciers should be able to conceptualize the inevitable – the others can simply imagine what will happen to the sea water when the equivalent of North America is plopped into the Pacific.

    The West Antarctic Ice Sheet – which is south of the South Pacific – is estimated at 25 million cubic kilometers while the ice in the Wilkes-Aurora basin – south of Australia – is estimated at another 25 million cubic kilometers. We also have estimates for the ice in Greenland, Norway, northern Canada, Alaska, the Himalayas, the Ural Mountains, etc. All of this will be shaken loose during the rapid tectonic migration, the M10 quakes, etc., which means sea level rise will rapidly follow the colossal tsunami waves. Again, this forecast is based on evidence in hundreds of historic documents and thousands of other corroborating sources. Those who want to survive have already packed and left.


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