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On July 25, Science Director Jay Lehr joined the Rush to Reason podcast with host Dan Meurer to talk everything you need to know about climate change. From Al Gore’s absurd claims that we’re all doomed to die in a massive climate apocalypse in his latest film to the latest victory in Paris delivered by President Trump, Lehr dismantles the narrative surrounding global warming. Perhaps the greatest misconception is the constant hammering that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. Lehr goes after this claim without remorse, claiming:
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is why we live on this planet. There’s nothing bad about CO2. We were terribly low in CO2 at the end of World War II. We were below 280 parts per million (PPM). If we ever got below 150 PPM, all the plants on the earth die, then the animals die, then we die. CO2 is totally good, there is nothing bad about it. If you were on a nuclear submarine and tried to maintain the sub at 5,000 PPM, nobody has ever been sick by it. There is absolutely zero problems. We’re at 400…and it will green our planet. There is nothing bad about it.
Lehr also dives into the EPA’s creation of a ‘red team’ to assist in the climate debate and how the Heartland Institute is working to assist in that endeavor. You can find more on all of our efforts at our Center on Climate and Environmental Policy.
Check out the audio above for the full interview with Lehr, and for the full podcast check out Rush to Reason‘s website.