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The fundamental rule of the medical profession given to students early in their career is to “do no harm.”
This general concept can be applied to different areas and different issues. Today we apply it to the perceived problem of Earth’s climate.
One school of thought holds that with no doubt whatsoever carbon dioxide produced by burning coal, oil and natural gas is responsible for man-made global warming. The evidence includes climate warming, melting of glaciers and arctic ice, and worse to come. These notions are supported by otherwise responsible scientists, articles in otherwise responsible magazines, large complicated computer programs, the qualitative effect of warmer weather and the psychological effect of giant international conferences that issue profound statements and dire warnings for the future. Earth, from this point of view, is ill and needs treatment.
The remedy suggested is to restrict the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere to an amount equal to 25 percent less than what was released in 1990 and accomplish this by the year 2020.
Unfortunately this suggested remedy is likely to be disastrous and holds no relation to the fundamental dictum quoted above.
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