Rupert Murdoch: CO2 is good for the environment

Murdoch’s tweet is sure to raise the ire of environmentalists, many of whom take it as a given that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in our air have been horrible for the environment.

Indeed, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies rising carbon dioxide emissions as a “pollutant.”

But that wasn’t the media mogul’s only shot at the environmentalists today. He criticized another green sacred cow: government investment in renewable energy.

He later clarified that not all renewable energy projects are uneconomic, just some of them:

Update: Murdoch cites his source:

The article Murdoch is referring to was published in the January 4, 2013, edition of the Wall Street Journal.

Did you know that the Earth is getting greener, quite literally? Satellites are now confirming that the amount of green vegetation on the planet has been increasing for three decades. This will be news to those accustomed to alarming tales about deforestation, overdevelopment and ecosystem destruction.

The inescapable if unfashionable conclusion is that the human use of fossil fuels has been causing the greening of the planet in three separate ways: first, by displacing firewood as a fuel; second, by warming the climate; and third, by raising carbon dioxide levels, which raise plant growth rates.

  • tredglx

    Damn. Rupert got one right for a change.

  • Maxwell

    Idk much about the environment, or the state of it. But I have to agree, investing in renewable energy projects is a waste of money right now.

  • BlueGood

    Will there be special “Bread Lines” for out of work Climatologists & other Green Weenies??

    NO..they can get a job cutting all that new GRASS!

  • Zane Henry

    It’s been an “inconvenient truth” that the South American rainforests pretty much grow back as fast or faster than any deforestation efforts by we puny humans. And If I were a Canadian farmer, i’d be cheering on global warming. A few more degrees increase might raise their growing season a few weeks, if not more. Who knows, maybe climate change will bring the rains to Africa, allowing them to thrive without airlifts of surplus grain.

    • Zane Henry

      And as far as CO2 is concerned, we’ve been in a period of very low CO2 concentration for quite a while. Most green plants originated when concentrations of this “pollutant” were up in the 1500-1600 ppm range. We’re at a global average of 350 ppm at sea level with highs of around 450 at the planetary high spots.

      CO2 = plant food.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        Exactly. When was basic biology cut from the public screwl curriculum? Sheesh, I learned about CO2 and the exchange from plants way before high school. I think it was my Charlie Brown Encyclopedia.

        Here’s the word of the day: TRANSPIRATION. Tomorrow’s lesson: Photosynthesis, and What Exactly is C6H12O6? Next week we will get into the N cycle.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        Exactly. When was basic biology cut from the public screwl curriculum? Sheesh, I learned about CO2 and the exchange from plants way before high school. I think it was my Charlie Brown Encyclopedia.

        Here’s the word of the day: TRANSPIRATION. Tomorrow’s lesson: Photosynthesis, and What Exactly is C6H12O6? Next week we will get into the N cycle.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.perlsteinmizrachi Jesse Perlstein-Mizrachi

        Want more co2 have more kids. People put out tons of the stuff. I actually put animals into my greenhouse for co2 and heat. You can easily beat that measly 800 ppm outside. 350 is usually the ppm inside a building.

        • steve

          Actually, people don’t create a net increase of CO2 on Earth. The CO2 we release is a byproduct of cellular respiration using sugar derived from plants in one way or another. The plants pulled it out of the air to begin with and we throw it back out for them to use again; it’s just cycled.

    • Zane Henry

      And as far as CO2 is concerned, we’ve been in a period of very low CO2 concentration for quite a while. Most green plants originated when concentrations of this “pollutant” were up in the 1500-1600 ppm range. We’re at a global average of 350 ppm at sea level with highs of around 450 at the planetary high spots.

      CO2 = plant food.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      Africa’s biggest problem is people choosing to live where nothing grows. to quote the late Sam Kinison, “YOU LIVE IN A DESERT!!!! NOTHING GROWS HERE!! NOTHINGS GONNA GROW HERE!!!!!

    • Ken Alan Draper

      Africa’s biggest problem is people choosing to live where nothing grows. to quote the late Sam Kinison, “YOU LIVE IN A DESERT!!!! NOTHING GROWS HERE!! NOTHINGS GONNA GROW HERE!!!!!

  • Gallatin

    Give the global warming libturds time they’ll come up with the “science” that says trees are bad.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      sure, they’ve already named Water vapor (WATER) as a pollutant.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      sure, they’ve already named Water vapor (WATER) as a pollutant.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Obamuh has certainly contributed to raising the CO2 levels with his endless chit-chatty jive-talking self-aggrandizement. Wonder what effect commiesocmarxist CO2 has on plants.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Obamuh has certainly contributed to raising the CO2 levels with his endless chit-chatty jive-talking self-aggrandizement. Wonder what effect commiesocmarxist CO2 has on plants.

  • $23629333

    When the Watermelons* started suggesting that CO2 was a “pollutant” – the very thing plants need to produce the oxygen we need – I knew they were up to no good. At that point, I was – and remain – fully convinced that the “environmental movement” is all about DE-population.

    (* green on the outside; red on the inside)

    • Gallatin

      So true I’ve always held the belief that environmentalists are the biggest bunch of racists on the planet.

    • Gallatin

      So true I’ve always held the belief that environmentalists are the biggest bunch of racists on the planet.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    Basic elementary school biology. Plants take in CO2 & water & through photosynthesis convert it to sugers & oxygen.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    Basic elementary school biology. Plants take in CO2 & water & through photosynthesis convert it to sugers & oxygen.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    Fossil Fuel any fuel burned to provide transportation to eldery throwback to the 1960’s liberals.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    Fossil Fuel any fuel burned to provide transportation to eldery throwback to the 1960’s liberals.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IQIGXRVWW5XRETNV25R4FATCOM ssenecal5000

    Well he’s right about CO2 but Ahh, Murdoch promoting “infrastructure” projects…..which cost tax payer money to, money we have to borrow and he doesn’t have to pay for …. that makes Murdoch .a ……

    leftist. and the WSJ as everyone knows is not on the right, it’s a establishment GOP publication and contributor to the downfall .

    We have enough infrastructure to maintain we don’t need anymore.

  • Let’em Crash

    Still bad for plankton and coral reefs. Not talking warming, but why the air only records 1/3 of annual emitted CO2. Yup: soda.