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We’ve got yet another Global Warming Problem….

Those who have looked into this near-beyond saving problem called climate change may have thought that the primary cause was the agriculture industry. Understandable, given the large carbon footprint it creates through massive chemical production, GMO use, and the overall transportation of the materials.

While I don’t want to diminish the horrible part agriculture plays in the world’s destruction, recent research has shown that it in fact isn’t the worst contributor potentially. I use the word potentially because right now, it is doing the most damage, but potentially speaking it could be reversed and right now, we’ve got a bigger problem; perfluorotributylamine (PFBTA).

What makes this chemical so bad are a couple of things:

  1. A single molecule of it has over 7000 (not 9000) times the climate change impact of Carbon Dioxide over the course of 100 years.
  2. It has no natural removers (i.e. while plants breakdown CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, PFBTA remains.

It’s biggest source is the electronics industry, though manufacturing of artificial blood has also been reported as a cause. The good news is we don’t have enough in the atmosphere (.18 ppt) to cause concern. The bad news is, if we get enough in the atmosphere to cause concern, it will be too late to do anything. This isn’t like DTD where we can allow it to remain in the environment without worrying too much. Regulations need to be discussed now, because we all know corporations will start a huge fight that will drag on the conflict for some time. The sooner we get discussions rolling, the better.

Silent Spring came just in the nick of time, but it would be foolish to think we can rely on another last-minute rescue to help us out now. We are a new generation of progressives aiming to make a difference in our world. No point in standing by that claim if there’s no world to make a difference in.

This article is part of a series of reports by the YPV community aiming to raise awareness about the importance of science in our society and the need to substitute defense spending with funding for it.

About Red Stewart

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10 thoughts on “We’ve got yet another Global Warming Problem….

  1. I didn’t know about this or hadn’t heard much about it- thank you for pointing it out and hopefully we can stop corporations from destroying our earth. They are the real threat to humanity-corporations with such greed that they will stop at nothing, even if it destroys the very earth they need to exist-

    Posted by 503me | December 30, 2013, 11:58 pm
  2. You claim to support animal rights, and yet you’re against GMOs? The only way humanity will ever stop eating meat is by breeding plants coded with meat protein genes.

    The chemical you named can be discontinued simply by changing materials, just like electric companies stopped using PCB thirty years ago.

    The most serious threat to our environment is not the concentration of any specifically produced molecule. It’s the random gas of large unbalanced chaotic molecular tangles thrown together by uncontrolled reactions — in a word, smog. Funny how that word seems to have fallen down the memory hole.

    And the environment is indeed ours. We’re not destroying the earth. We’re destroying the human epoch.

    Posted by collin237 | January 1, 2014, 4:28 am
    • When did I say that I was against GMO use? Their creation creates a carbon footprint is all I was saying there.

      I sincerely doubt that meat-coded plants will become a popular, marketable supplement for the human population. I support in-vitro meat as a true substitute for the slaughterhouse industry.

      Agreed that the best solution would be a discontinuation at this early point in time, but word has to spread before anyone will say anything.

      As of now, CO2 is the biggest global warming contributor due to many of its sources that includes smog (which I fail to see how that’s “fallen down the memory hole” given the many news reports criticizing Chinese cities).

      The environment is not ours. A true liberal would see that we are a part of it, not above it. We are very well destroying the Earth through massive depletion of its natural resources and pollution of the air, water, and land through the many industries serving the consumerist culture.

      Posted by Red Stewart | January 1, 2014, 6:44 pm
  3. What makes you think you’re a “true” liberal? In your article on Civil Rights, you said “right now we should be interchangeably using animal rights with the LGBT campaign”, an obvious indication that you support Santorum. And in your reply to my comment, you mentioned “a plane of existence above human desires”, an obvious reference to the so-called sanctity of marriage. You may be fooling the young people this blog is written for, but you can’t fool a 42-year-old like me.

    We’re not above the environment, but we’re not part of it either. We’re below it. We’ve set in motion things that cannot be wished away. They will destroy much of life on earth, including us. And stopping them requires something so big that only dismantling major industrial processes can accomplish it.

    Posted by collin237 | January 3, 2014, 8:21 am
    • Who gave you the right to question what I believe in? The majority of issues I take a stance on make me a liberal.

      The fact that you’re using that statement I made as an attack on me reveals yourself as a speciesist. I don’t consider animals below us. Quite the opposite, they are more than equal and in many cases superior to humans. Saying that we should be working to end all discrimination, including against LGBT members and those of the other animal kingdoms is what I was trying to get across.

      First off, I believe the concept of marriage is a speciesist idea designed to make humans feel better about themselves and their relationships. Secondly, the sanctity of marriage does exist on a plane of existence above human desires called religion, which is BS and either way cannot be used to justify taking the rights of a group away due to the separation of church and state.

      You clearly stated this in your first comment “And the environment is indeed ours.”. So please, don’t try and change your positions by making a contradictory statement asserting something you obviously didn’t say before.

      And once again, stop creating a straw man against me (and yes, I know it’s just me because I’m an editor and can see what posts you’ve chosen to comment on, and they all happen to be mine).

      Posted by Red Stewart | January 3, 2014, 6:31 pm
  4. Yes, I’m a speciesist. So is everyone who eats meat. But I’m not a bigot. To call speciesism bigotry is to deflate the liberal outrage against real bigotry.

    You questioned my liberalism, twice, before I mentioned my doubt about yours. I don’t know what you believe; only what you type on this blog. And it’s scary that young people are going to think this is representative of the Democratic Party. Now you’re suggesting that the concept of sanctity of marriage is not fundamentally wrong but merely a religious choice, and that you’re excusing being against same-sex marriage by making it part of being against marriage at all. This isn’t me creating straw men; this is you making dog whistles.

    Also, you introduced the higher plane concept as a way to define civil rights. Now you’re saying it refers to religion, which you just called BS — implying you’re against civil rights because it’s a religious concept. So who’s changing their positions?

    And what part of “destroying the human epoch” don’t you understand? It’s the truth; people are dying from the chaotic weather human activity has unleashed. How does that equate to being “above” the environment?

    Posted by collin237 | January 4, 2014, 2:01 pm
    • Not true at all. There are plenty of meat eaters who support animal rights. To claim speciesism isn’t bigotry is to deflate the horrifying truth about the world you live in.

      Incorrect- you made strong assumptions I wasn’t a liberal first by choosing to critique solely my posts and question their stances. What’s truly scary is someone choosing to believe what they want to believe rather than the truth. FYI- this isn’t representative of the Democratic party but progressive ideals, hence the title of the site being Young Progressive Voices, not Young Democratic Voices.

      It is fundamentally wrong b/c religion IS fundamentally wrong. You are creating a straw man because you are claiming I am against same-sex marriage, when I never said such. I support LGBT rights 100%. Just because I think marriage is a stupid right doesn’t mean I am for heterosexual groups denying it to LGBT groups based on religious doctrine.

      Very nice fallacy right there. The higher plane refers to questions beyond human understanding. That’s what philosophy and religion encompass, thereby making both within a higher plane. Religion is BS b/c, while it was helpful back before the enlightenment and darwinism extended the scope of science, it is now meant to ignore facts. You’re just purposefully ignoring common sense.

      Once again I’ll quote what you said since you seem to have forgotten, “And the environment is indeed ours.”.

      Posted by Red Stewart | January 4, 2014, 2:59 pm
  5. Criticizing “solely” your posts? That’s what a comment section is for! And if you’re not okay with partnering with the Democratic Party, which is currently the default party of progressives in the USA, you should say something to that effect, rather than the pathetically short “big liberal and gamer”. (Although I suppose you’re correct about that. You are gaming the definition of “liberal”.)

    By saying meat eaters can also support animal rights, you are entirely conceding my oroginal point. And the fact that it took all this to get you to admit it is an excellent demonstration why rights campaigns do indeed need separate banners.

    And you, who claims to be supportive of all rights, have now indicated that you hate everyone with a religion. I suppose in the next comment you’ll come up with an argument in which you deny that and then decide on yet another group to hate. You’re quite right that I had no business guessing what you believe, because it seems you don’t believe much of what you’ve been saying. You’re just playing a game. I should have known from your slogan.

    Posted by collin237 | January 5, 2014, 11:17 pm
    • The comment section is not to harass writers you develop a grudge against.

      You really need to stop creating so many straw men. I never said that we’re not okay with partnering with the Democratic Party, we just don’t represent them. If you want to know the purpose for this site creation, I suggest you click on the “About Us” tab, or, if you’re not satisfied, contact the site creator Mr. Justin Lee Acuff. And FYI, the Democratic Party has since shifted from the left to the centre-right of the political spectrum.

      My autobiography is my own personal choice. That’s all people need to know about me, and if you have a problem with that, I’m afraid you’ll just have to deal with it. P.S. Your attempt at making a pun was very poor considering no definition of gaming supports how you used it in that sentence.

      What original point? That rights campaigns need to be separate? I fail to see how saying there are meat-eating animal rights supporters advances that point.

      So many straw men, so little time. I said religion is BS; why are you assuming that I hate everyone with a religion? 99% of my friends are followers of a religion. You’re the only person who seems to be spouting any hate around here.

      Better pun at the end, but still rather weak.

      Posted by Red Stewart | January 6, 2014, 3:39 pm

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