Monday, November 22, 2010
They say that every dark cloud has a silver lining...so the huge, boiling, all-engulfing pitch black cloud that looms over the world economy must be hiding a gigantic silver lining, right?
Well, no. But scientists believe they've discovered an eensy-weensy bit of potentially good news in that global production of carbon dioxide dropped 1.3% in the period between 2008 and 2009, owing to the world economy essentially grinding to a halt.
Factories were closed, people didn't need to drive to jobs, and business travelers weren't jetting through the skies. Even so, the climate change scientists had predicted the drop in carbon dioxide would be greater, but - tragically - the economy improved a bit over their projections.
Still, the climate change crowd can take heart from the fact that Barack Obama and his economic policies are still in place for another couple of years, fighting industry and employment to the best of his ability.
Not to mention the reduction in carbon dioxide resulting from more and more Americans holding their breath waiting for 2012 to arrive.