Back To The Stone Age: NOAA Scientist Says Carbon Emissions Must Be ZERO

Stone Age

Disney’s stone age themed movie The Croods. (Image Empireonline)

Clothes made from animal hides, tools of stone, and homes built of twigs. This bleak description demonstrates what life may have been like for early man during the stone age. But if a scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has his way Americans may once again regress to the lifestyle of their early ancestors.

During an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) NOAA scientist, Pieter Tans, says that in order to really fight Climate Change carbon emission need to be lowered to ZERO:


BLOCK: How troubling is this new record number of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere – 400 parts per million?

TANS: What troubles me is that we’re still headed at full speed in a direction that we should not be going. We are at the beginning of bringing about huge changes in the Earth’s climate and ecosystems. The potential is there for us to make life hard, really, for future generations.

BLOCK: And what would it take to reverse the carbon dioxide concentration levels that you’re seeing now?

TANS: See, that is really at the core of why we have made so little progress. The problem with CO2 in particular is that climate – forcing of climate change by CO2 depends not so much on the rate at which we are emitting it. It depends primarily on the total amount of CO2 that we’ve emitted since pre-industrial times.

The implication is that if we want to stop this, we have to bring the emissions back down to zero. That is a very tall order. I mean, I can understand why there is reluctance to take this on seriously. Of course, it’s still in our power to make it much worse. So if we can’t stop emitting at a very aggressive pace, the risks for future generations are much larger.

Unfortunately NPR failed to ask Mr. Tans who exactly will be asked to hold their breath, or what modern conveniences Americans will have to do without, in order to achieve his desired result of zero CO2 output.

H/T PJ Media

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