Phil Drietz letter: Here are more CO2 facts as I see them

The letter writer responds to response to his previous letter.

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The Aug. 20, 2022 letter response to my recent letter to the West Central Tribune states that though CO2 is a small percentage of the atmosphere.

The letter writer calls for support of The National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act.
The letter writer criticizes the idea of changing the name of Sibley State Park.
The letter writers call for collective effort to address gun violence.

Actually, only 3.6% of the atmosphere is CO2, and only 3.2% of that, is man-made. So only about 0.117% of CO2 greenhouse effect is man-made. It’s too small to affect the global heat budget.

Water vapor, a greenhouse gas, traps about 1,300 times more heat than man’s CO2. That’s based on a 1% global atmospheric water vapor content. However, it can at times go up to 4% in places. Even a somewhat small up or down change in the massive quantity of water vapor may release or absorb far more heat, and therefore have more effect on temperature, than would a doubling of our current tiny CO2 level. Oceans have a huge effect on water vapor level depending on the amount of cloud cover blocking the sun’s energy.

Also, note that a rise in atmospheric CO2 level seems to follow a rise in temperature of the ocean surface water, lagging behind by about 10-11 months (Humlum et. al. (2013). Rising CO2 levels are due to the earth's temperature rise; not the other way around.

Author cites a NASA list of 200 academies that say CO2 is the ‘culprit’. Truth isn’t determined by majority vote. We need only look at the number of scientists who say ‘molecules to man’ macro-evolution is real, when in fact it cannot be defended.


My Aug. 13, 2022 letter referenced satellite data telling us that the reduction in sulfate and nitrate particle pollution in the atmosphere is causing global warming by reducing the amount of sun energy reflecting back into space. It’s a trade-off; more pollution or more heat waves.

You’re never going to have ‘squeaky clean’ air. Annual land fires burn an area equivalent to the western U.S., pumping out about 2.2 billion tons of carbon, along with carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, etc. Volcanoes emit up to 25 million tons of sulfur dioxide.

How ironic that environmentalism is contributing to global warming.

Phil Drietz
Delhi, Minnesota

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