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Ozone: Science reveals another green lie

Paul Taylor

Green eco-groups have become skilled and enriched at gaming and growing government regulatory systems for partisan political advantage in the guise of progressive public service as taxpayer-subsidized nonprofit organizations. Spewing cynical eco-propaganda in an era of pernicious media bias, eco-groups fundraise, lobby and litigate to promote the obscure, often immeasurable, environmental impact as an imminent and existential threat to planet earth.

Today’s science proves the decades-long concerns about man-made global climate warming to be at best premature, unpredictable and wildly exaggerated, and at worst, a massive and costly green lie. Other green lies about global atmospheric phenomena have been revealed to be less anthropogenic (man made) than the reckless claims of militant eco-groups.

There is a layer of upper-atmospheric ozone gas that protects life on earth from cosmic radiation. Ozone is produced when oxygen is exposed to sun (ultraviolet) light. And, it can form in our lower atmosphere as smog from industrial and vehicular air pollutants. Ground-level ozone is a respiratory irritant, and it can damage plant growth.

The protective upper-atmospheric ozone layer was said to be destroyed by man's use and release of chemicals known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). CFCs were gases commonly used as refrigerants, aerosol spray propellants, dry cleaning solutions, in computer circuitry and styrofoam until banned in the U.S. in 1978.

Here are some of the original eco-group claims about CFCs:
• “Even if the entire world were to stop using CFCs and halons immediately, destruction of the ozone layer would go on for decades…. The destruction of the ozone layer over Antarctica from CFCs and halons used today will continue into the twenty-first century. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) estimates that even with an immediate total ban on ozone-depleting chemicals, recovery of the ozone layer will take more than a century.” (Earth Right, Prima Publishing, 1990.)
• “In 1985, a ‘hole’ was found eating its way across the sky above Antarctica. It is now believed that this hole is as deep as Mount Everest is tall and as wide as the United States. Most scientific researchers are convinced that global CFC emissions must be reduced substantially, if not completely, to avoid a catastrophic depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer.” (Save Our Planet, Dell Trade Paperback, 1990.)

New insight has been gained into the behavior of the upper ozone layer. Scientists have found that the hole in the ozone layer, which forms each year over Antarctica, has been changing considerably in size from year to year. Now, NASA researchers say it is the weather that is primarily driving ozone hole variability - not the ozone-destroying CFC chemicals in the upper atmosphere according to the American Geophysical Union. NASA believes that the weather plays a much more significant role in the polar ozone variability than had previously been suggested. Satellite images show that fluctuating air temperatures and winds change the amount of ozone gas that sits above Antarctica. (BBC World Service, Dec. 12, 2013)

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