An encounter with a climate change-denier last week yielded an interesting new argument.
It went something like this: “Even if human beings emitted massive amounts of carbon, our earth is self-sustaining! You could take all of that carbon and trap it into the ocean, because the ocean cleans itself and would therefore clean all the carbon!”
Tempting though it may be to dismiss this comment outright, the climate change-denier did have two things correct. First of all, it is true that the oceans clean themselves, in a manner of speaking. After all, it’s filled with salt and bacteria that can eat pollutants like oil.
It is also true that even people who accept man-caused climate change have tossed around the idea that perhaps we should take excess carbon and trap in the ocean… somehow.
The problem with the climate change-denier’s argument is simply this: drop by drop, nautical mile after nautical mile, our carbon emissions are changing the very chemistry of the ocean.
The massive amount of C02 we release into the air, is actually causing the ocean to become more acidic, thereby reducing its ability to clean itself and posing a threat to the animals that make their home therein.
Even if you believe that trapping the very thing that’s causing the ocean to become more acidic in the ocean, will solve the problem of climate change, you still have to give an answer for how this acidic ocean will then clean the carbon trapped inside of itself, as opposed to destroying itself and all living things in it.
Have you heard a similar argument posed by climate change-deniers in your life? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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