The Competitive Enterprise Institute has produced a couple of TV spots about the alarmism towards carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere, called “We Call it Life”. They’re currently playing in a few markets and they plan to release it in some more. Apparently they’re releasing them around the same time as Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth”.
In my opinion they tell it like it is. CO2 is a natural byproduct of life and how we create and maintain our civilization that we enjoy. They mention that some life on Earth uses CO2 to live and grow, though it’s more complex than that. I believe it was Ronald Reagan who used to point out that while trees absorb CO2 during the day, they put out CO2 at night, when the Sun’s not shining. CO2-producing fuels, whether you’re talking about crude oil, coal, or ethanol, are the most potent and relatively safe fuel sources we’ve found. I use “potent” and “safe” in combination here, because we need that combination to fuel our society.
The second spot they produced talks about news stories in various sources that say that not all of the glaciers in the world are melting. Some are growing. I don’t know the full story on this, but what I think this video gets across is that the situation is not as simple as some portray it.
These announcements focus on carbon-emitting fuels because that’s the issue du jour. People might ask, “Well what about other energy sources?” True, other sources exist, and I think they should be explored and developed. The one downside to crude oil, a carbon-based fuel source we use in abundance is that we’re very dependent on foreign sources for it, in places that are unstable and don’t necessarily have our best interests in mind. It’s for that reason alone I’d like us to develop alternatives.