Imagine 1 kilometer of atmosphere and we want to get rid of the carbon pollution in it created by human activity.
Let’s go for a walk along it.
The first 770 meters are Nitrogen.
The next 210 meters are Oxygen.
That’s 980 meters of the 1-kilometer. 20 meters to go.
The next 10 meters are water vapor. 10 meters left.
9 meters are argon. Just 1 more meter.
A few gases make up the first bit of that last meter.
The last 38 centimeters of the kilometer – that’s carbon dioxide. A bit over one foot.
97% of that is produced by Mother Nature. It’s natural.
Out of our journey of one kilometre, there are just 12 millimeters left. Just over a centimeter – about half an inch.
That’s the amount of carbon dioxide that global human activity puts into the atmosphere.
And of those 12 millimeters Australia puts in .18 of a millimeter.
Less than the thickness of a hair. Out of a kilometer!
As a hair is to a kilometer – so is Australia’s contribution to what Mr. Rudd calls Carbon Pollution.
Imagine Brisbane’s new Gateway Bridge, ready to be opened by Mr. Rudd. It’s been polished, painted and scrubbed by an army of workers till its 1-kilometer length is surgically clean. Except that Mr. Rudd says we have a huge problem, the bridge is polluted – there’s a human hair on the roadway. We’d laugh ourselves silly.
There are plenty of real pollution problems to worry about. It’s hard to imagine that Australia’s contribution to carbon dioxide in the world’s atmosphere is one of the more pressing ones. Many coal power stations in Australia pump out pollution:
Mercury, Fluorides, to name only two. Why are there no ‘scrubbers’ on these chimneystacks?
Carbon climate change is a distraction.
The Chinese have plenty of coal for power stations. Queensland’s ‘coking coal’, also known as metallurgical coal
is needed to make steel. Not very easy to do with steaming coal or solar power!