A new ad campaign by the organization CO2 is Green, drew a lot of flak as soon as it appeared. The ad says that carbon dioxide is not actually causing the level of pollution that the government claims it is; and that legislation that might be passed on the assumption that CO2 is immensely damaging to the environment, may actually only serve to increase the cost of living, and not be able to help the environment at all.
The organization claims that there is no empirical evidence to prove that CO2 is the cause of climate change and that even if it was, it would only reduce the planet’s temperature by one tenth of a degree in the next ninety years.
Protestors opine that the ad, which was out in the Washington Post, is just a show of strength funded by the fossil fuel industry to show the government that it will be difficult to impose laws on climate control. Others say that the facts presented in the ad are not accurate; that CO2 is Green is trying to sustain public support for fossil fuels, which is an industry they have vested interest in. Top officials in the organization are from the oil and gas sectors and generally those expressing dissent with the message put out say that the motivation for it seems to be more political than scientific.
There are, however, scientists who believe that greenhouse gases are not as dangerous as they are made out to be. But this does not mean that they can be called ‘green’ say environmental activists who are angry about the ad. They say the arguments put forward are irrational and also irresponsible. The bottom line is that there is not enough evidence for or against the argument, and research still continues on the issue.
The bill that is being introduced to Congress is reportedly attempting to reduce pollution and simultaneously create new jobs and reduce the deficit by $20 billion. Environmental activists say that the bill is a solid step towards legislatively addressing the issues of carbon emission and climate change.