Cold Is The New Hot?
Some “scientists” have recently become concerned that, if the Arctic warms as expected, vast amounts of permafrost will thaw out and emit carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. This, they say, could further complicate efforts to slow global warming. Permafrost covers 24 percent of the surface of northern hemisphere land masses, claims the “International Permafrost Association.” (Alas, I’d recently let my membership lapse and was consequently unaware of this fact). These experts claim there may be over twice as much carbon contained in northern permafrost as there currently is in the atmosphere itself, as these frozen soils contain a vast amount of organic material largely in the form of dead plant life.
A senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center said, “It’s built up over thousands and thousands of years. It’s all stored away in a freezer, and as we’re warming the Earth, and warming the Arctic, it’s starting to thaw.
“As long as the carbon stays frozen in permafrost, it’s stable,” said a spokesman for the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado. “It’s kind of like broccoli in your freezer. But if you take that out, it eventually thaws out and goes bad.”
No, I don’t think carbon “goes bad” ala’ rotting broccoli. Nor do I think carbon dioxide or methane “go bad.” In fact, for global warming hobbyists, these gases are just plain bad right out of the chute.
Man didn’t inject carbon into the Arctic permafrost. The comment that this dead plant matter “built up over thousands of years” leads one to the obvious conclusion that these land masses weren’t always ice- or even permafrost- laden, as things grew there. And that means the climate in these locations had to be much warmer in the distant past. How could that be?
We’ve been told over and over that plants are good, as they absorb pollution and produce oxygen, etc., etc., but now, in this context, this moribund vegetation is being charged with aiding and abetting the assassination of the planet by gaseous means.
“As long as the carbon stays frozen in permafrost, it’s stable?”
Yes, as long as anything stays frozen, it’s stable… also known as dead.