I am a carbon based life form, as are you!
Shine on you crazy diamond: why humans are carbon-based lifeforms
It would be impossible for life on earth to exist without carbon. Carbon is the main component of sugars, proteins, fats, DNA, muscle tissue, pretty much everything in your body.
So what does Freeman Dyson have to say about the AGW/Carbon "problem"?
Give a listen below:
Conversations That Matter: Freeman Dyson from OhBoyProductions on Vimeo.
Feel free to skip the first three minutes of blather from the 'talking heads'- I saved you time ;)
Another blogger made a partial transcript. I'm borrowing it for here, because I lack time today to write this up. Thank you Mr Nelson, whoever, you may be! :)
5:20: CO2 is "enormously beneficial both to food production and also to biodiversity, preservation of species and everything else that's good. The remarkable thing is that these effects which have nothing to do with climate...are so much easier to measure than the effects on climate and so much more certain"Freeman Dyson mentioned more about the sun. Talking head mentioned the warmists argument regarding the suns temperature remaining the same, thereby discrediting it's influence on the earths temperature. Mr Dyson points out the very obvious error in that argument pointing to the activity of the sun as the influencing factor.
9:15: [On warmists] "There certainly is an enormous religion in which there are lots of true believers who think that climate change is evil and that we're going to run into big catastrophes if we don't do something drastic. That's a sort of belief system which exists...I don't understand it and I don't pretend to understand their motives."
11:00: "The real world is far more complicated than the models...I don't think any of these models can ever be predictive"
13:45 On sun's effect on climate: "The correlation is certainly there. Exactly how the activity of the sun influences the climate is not completely clear. Something to do with cosmic rays...probably an effect on clouds"
Shine on all you crazy diamonds!
15:15 "CO2 is so beneficial in other ways, it would be crazy to try to reduce it"
16:40: "Average temperature of the Earth..is a very poorly defined thing anyway"
18:50: "Carbon dioxide will increase. We will continue to burn oil and coal; probably it does us good. The Earth will get greener as a result"
19:30: "[People from Asia] don't feel pessimistic at all...This sort of mood of doom and gloom...only is particularly in the academic communities, particularly in the western societies...The media have gone alone with it, but I think the general public has a lot more common sense."
20:20: Dyson brought along Lomborg's book "Cool It". Dyson says "I think it's the best general summary I've seen, in a way...I think he's very sound"
21:45: "Man-made climate change certainly is real..question is how much and whether it's good or bad...I would say it's on the whole good..it's not as large an effect as most people have imagined".
22:00: "I'm an optimist...Everything I look at has improved compared to the 1930s"