Monday, January 18, 2010

The Spill of Lies Continues


Persistence of Exxon Valdez oil may be explained by study

"Scientists who have studied spills for years know that after crude oil spills you can and will find buried oil many years later, but that it does no harm and does not need to be (removed)," said Boehm, a chemist and vice president for Exponent, an international consulting firm that works for Exxon on spill-related issues.

Sourcing atmospheric CO2

I'm searching for responses to this question:

If global atmospheric CO2 rise is a result of anthropogenic CO2 production, why does the CO2 record exhibit a steady rise to present levels. Why don't atmospheric CO2 levels reflect changing economic climate?

In other words, if CO2 production looks like this:




why does atmospheric CO2 levels look like this:



There are obviously many interactions among CO2 sources and CO2 sinks in the atmosphere, the ocean and the earth. Some of these sinks may "smooth out" the curve of atmospheric CO2.

But doesn't that mean that the effects of "smoothing out" processes are stronger than the effects of anthropogenic CO2?