And this brings me back to the question of cost/benefit analyses and the idea of the “social benefit of carbon”. As noted above, people put the “social cost of carbon” (actually carbon dioxide) at “roughly $40 per ton”.
Now, remember that corresponding to the “social cost of carbon”, the “social benefit of carbon” is:
… the dollar value of the total benefits from emitting one ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
As Figure 6 shows, the benefit that we get from emitting that additional tonne of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is an increase in goods and services of $4,380 … which dwarfs the assumed social cost of carbon of $40. When we do an actual cost/benefit analysis, the result is almost all benefit.
Also, asparagus. I do eat asparagus. Which also cannot grow without CO2.
And I still want to kick every eco-freak I meet straight in the twig and berries, in the hope that they won't reproduce and spread their stupidity genes.