Let’s get those priorities right:
Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.
Depends what you mean by “life” I guess. Some like the world 2 degrees cooler, and some prefer to keep their heads.
“As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”
It’s good to know the US will be well defended against an invasion of badly gassed fridges.
Since warming is mostly beneficial this threat is at the Defcon-Toothfairy level. And probably not that high. The extra energy trapped by HFC refrigerant gasses most likely just reroutes and escapes to space through water vapor emissions.
Fighting a war on fairies has consequences. Putting a fake free market value on HFC emissions (which is the gas Kerry is talking about) created an industry where Chinese factories made lots of the polluting byproduct called HFC-23 so they could later “clean up” the dirty factory and clean up with carbon credits at the same time. Then the regulators realized they were being gamed, cut the market, and the factories had to release that “Climate bomb” anyway.
As Fred Singer says, this is a 1% forcing that they are talking about (1% of nothing):
Now, HFCs are what replaced HCFCs, which in turn replaced CFCs, thanks to the Montreal Protocol of 1987. This succession of chemical refrigerants has reduced ozone-destroying potential; but unfortunately they are all GH gases. So now HFCs must be eradicated, because a single molecule of HFC produces many thousand times the greenhouse effect of a molecule of CO2. What they don’t tell you, of course, is that the total forcing from the HFCs is less than one percent of that of CO2, according to the IPCC (see page 141). So “slaying the dragon” amounts to slaying a mouse…
Alarmists need causes to gripe,
And startle the public with hype,
Such as warming the Poles,
And ozone with holes,
Talking CO2,HFC tripe.
Is a serious threat, ridgey didge.
Never mind the swine
Who kill mine and thine,
Such barbarity, just the bite of a midge.
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