Smoke-free Air Causes Global Warming

The standard explanation for global warming is that increased levels of human-generated carbon dioxide in the atmosphere result in increased absorption of solar and terrestrial radiated heat, and an increase in terrestrial atmospheric temperature.

But it’s also recognised that particulate matter in terrestrial emissions produces a reflective haze which reduces the amount of sunlight that reaches the surface of the Earth, and so causes global cooling. Large volcanic eruptions are usually followed by cooler temperatures. And one frequently-cited explanation of current global cooling is that it is the result of the rapid industrialisation of China in recent decades, during which a large number of coal-fired power stations were built.

Now a new study takes this further:

A new paper (O’Dowd et al.) from the National University of Ireland presented this summer at the 19th International Conference on Nucleation and Atmospheric Aerosols suggests that clean air laws put in place in the 1970′s and 80′s have resulted in an increase in sunlight impacting the surface of the Earth, and thus have increased surface temperatures as a result. In one fell swoop, this can explain why surface temperature dipped in the 1970′s, prompting fears of an ice age, followed by concerns of global warming as the air got cleaner after pollution laws and controls were put in place.

This makes a lot of sense. And the same line of reasoning might also be used to explain temperature variations in previous decades. Between 1880 and 1915, global temperatures fell steadily (see right), and this would have been the result of industrialisation prior to WW1. And since WW1 was an industrial war, it represents the peak of industrial activity. It might also be suggested that during WW1, with millions of tons of exploding munitions throwing dust into the atmosphere, aerosol pollution levels would have been further raised.

The post-war slump in industrial activity and the Great Depression then saw aerosol pollution levels falling, and global temperature rising. And this trend would only have been reversed with WW2 re-armament, and millions more of tons of exploding munitions during WW2 (including, from 1945 onwards, numerous nuclear tests) kicking up yet more reflective dust to cool the planet.

More generally, it means that instead of human industrial activity warming the Earth (by adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere) as has hitherto been thought, it has actually been cooling it (by added reflective aerosols into the atmosphere).

It also means that, with the global economy currently slumping, the combination of reduced industrial activity, strict emission controls on factories and cars and home heating, and the adoption of carbon-free solar and wind power generation, the Earth’s atmosphere is becoming cleaner, and this will bring a return of rising global temperatures.

If this renewed episode of Anthropogenic Global Warming is to be averted, the appropriate policy must be to increase industrial aerosol emissions rather than reduce them. We should go back to burning coal, of which we have huge resources. And we should also lift many of the restrictions on factory and vehicle exhaust emissions (e.g. catalytic converters). We should have lots of chimneys belching smoke. And we should return to using open coal and wood fires in smoke-free zones. And cook over barbecues. And we should return to using steam trains of the kind that largely fell out of use in Britain in the 1970s.

We should, in short, reverse more or less all the trends of recent decades. We should go back to doing what we were doing 50 years ago. With most of the highly-restrictive emission regulations lifted, and using cheap coal, industry would enjoy a marked cut in its production costs, which would help kickstart economic growth.

Such a complete turn-about could not, of course, be achieved inside less than a decade or two, and in the meantime concerned citizens should be encouraged to do their bit towards slowing global warming by the simple expedient of taking up smoking. If all 7 billion humans on the planet were to smoke 20 cigarettes a day (although 60 a day would be much better, obviously) they could probably generate the much-needed aerosol equivalent of several hundred large coal-fired power stations.

Accordingly, all health warnings about smoking (mostly hysterical nonsense anyway) will need to be replaced with the new message that Smoking Is Good For You. Cigarette advertising, rashly and unreasonably banned for decades, must be re-introduced. Smoking bans would of course be lifted everywhere. In fact, instead of smoking being prohibited, smoke-free zones would be prohibited instead.

Former smokers who have been induced to quit smoking in recent decades would be encouraged to start smoking again, this time unfiltered high-tar cigarettes. Instead of Stop Smoking courses, there would be Start Smoking courses, with particularly intensive regimes for hardcore capnophobes.

And rather than children being discouraged from ever taking up smoking, they would instead be encouraged to start smoking at the earliest possible opportunity.

All of this would be accompanied by intensive public campaigns to get people to smoke. For example, large billboards showing an pointed finger, with the glaring ruddy face behind it accusingly asking: “Why Aren’t You Smoking, Eh?”

In this manner, with sufficient dedication, enough smoke could be sufficiently rapidly generated to produce a light saloon bar haze of smoke over the entire planet that would serve to halt and then reverse the trend of rising global temperature.

Easy, really.

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13 Responses to Smoke-free Air Causes Global Warming

  1. Buck Moody says:

    And rather than children being discouraged from ever taking up smoking, they would instead be encouraged to start smoking at the earliest possible opportunity.

    “Smoke cigarettes: it’s your future!”
    :D

  2. Woodsy42 says:

    Clearly an hypothesis that suggests the best way to reduce global warming is to start another world war.

  3. roobeedoo2 says:

    Crikey Frank, I was just re-reading this morning about when children WERE MADE to smoke (how syncy is that!):

    http://www.sott.net/article/234667-Pestilence-the-Great-Plague-and-the-Tobacco-Cure

    With the work on AD14 and the Russian meteor, you’ve been doing, plus all the activity in our solar system (Comet ISON will be with us soon), you can totally back your proposal up (or at least to the levels accepted for tobacco control science). Here’s a cool video of a sundiving comet from just this week:

  4. roobeedoo2 says:

    Just think what good spending £84 million a year on tobacco products could bring!

    http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/the-jewel-in-crown.html

    TC are woeful, just woeful.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      According to this there are now more cigs sold and manufactured than at anytime in past history………….

      World Atlas: More People Smoking Cigarettes than Ever

      There are more people smoking now than ever before, despite health warnings and the rising price of cigarettes. In 1980, 4,453 billion cigarettes went up in smoke, which increased to 6,319 billion in 2010. By 2020, you can expect to find nearly seven billion cigarette ends littering the world.

      Top of the charts in terms of nicotine addiction are Asia and Australia, which is where 57 percent of cigarettes are smoked today.

      These alarming statistics are among many of the intriguing facts laid bare in the ninth edition of Dan Smith’s The State of the World Atlas.

      http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/421066/20130106/population-statistics-state-world-atlas-dan-smith.htm

      Clearly the worlds manufacturing data tell the true story!

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        The point here is they claim 146,000 quitters yet theres no way to prove the numbers as the PATCH and GUM methods have a 98.7% failure rate! Yet States and the Federal Government waste 10s of millions a year on nicotine replacement therapy drugs sold by the backers of smoking bans BIG PHARMA aka JOHNSON and Johnson. They use their philantropic arm the RWJF group to hand out grants to the ACS,ALA,AHA among others and their housed in anti-smoking groups like SMOKEFREE KIDS to go out and LOBBY for smoking bans,the same is true at CDC and HHS just freshly busted for illegally financing these groups and telling them to use the grant funds for shakedown tactics at the local level to get these bans in place!

      • beobrigitte says:

        World Atlas: More People Smoking Cigarettes than Ever

        There are more people smoking now than ever before, despite health warnings and the rising price of cigarettes. In 1980, 4,453 billion cigarettes went up in smoke, which increased to 6,319 billion in 2010. By 2020, you can expect to find nearly seven billion cigarette ends littering the world.

        Since the dictation of the smoking ban I have been more aware of people around me who are smokers. I can say that these days I meet more and more. Perhaps even the most compliant smokers are beginning to see through TC lies and statistics.

        BTW:
        The Tories have come up with another idea: since Britain (and everywhere else!) is dealing with an ever increasing AGING population; the pension age + the age until which you can be called for jury duty has been raised, their argumentation being that people nowadays live longer.

        How come, the generations growing up when there was no “life-saving” smoking ban, less even this media peddled phobia about health, are doing so well????

        And rather than children being discouraged from ever taking up smoking, they would instead be encouraged to start smoking at the earliest possible opportunity.

        Actually, this would serve the anti-smoker’s obsession with tobacco well. Forbidden fruit is the best and what you can’t have you want most, especially when it is EXPENSIVE.
        Perhaps this is why youngsters become increasingly partial to the most expensive brand of cigarettes they can get?

  5. garyk30 says:

    Very pretty chart showing a dramatic upturn in the world’s average temperature.
    But, it a visual illussion that shows a micro slice of the temp.
    The actual change is from about 52 degrees(F) in 1880 to about 54 degrees(F) in 2010.

    Now, let’s create a chart with the vertical lines showing a range of 0 degrees(F) at the bottom to 100 degrees(F) at the top.
    Now that ‘sharp’ increase becomes a hardily noticable slight rise of a 1-50 slope.

    Perspective is very important when dealing with the people that play upon superstitions.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    When working with mean average temperatures its no different than guessing when the rate is not even noticable in the first place. If it was 10-20 degrees in variation they might have something……………..But as usual its simple trash for political ends from the leftists as usual!

    With everything they do its always a LIE!

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