NO, The Amazon Is Not the World’s Lungs

YES the Amazon is on fire but these fires are part of “slash and burn” agriculture, something that farmers and ranchers have been doing for hundreds of years.  It is as Roy Spencer, a former NASA scientists, says – “this isn’t a climate story – its normal agriculture in a country where 50 million people living in poverty are trying to survive.”

NO, the Amazon is not the lungs of the world. It does not supply the planet with 20% of its oxygen.   While it does produce a lot of oxygen, it uses the same amount of oxygen through respiration making it a wash. Biochemist Nick Lane, in his 2003 book Oxygen writes that “even the most foolhardy destruction of the world forests could hardly dint our oxygen supply.” 

The number of fires is normal for this time of year according to NASA.  Many of the heart-rending photographs the left-wing media drags out were taken as early as 1989 and a number, especially those of charred animals, weren’t taken in Brazil at all but in places like India, Sweden, and California. . 

The notion that we owe the breath we breathe to the rainforest or the phytoplankton off the rainforest’s coast is nonsense.  In reality, the Amazon produces only about 6% of the oxygen currently being made by photosynthetic organisms.  And contrary to almost every account from environmentalists, Earth maintains an unusual surfeit of free oxygen, largely due not to living, breathing trees, but to the existence of fossil fuels.  Yes you read that correct – fossil fuels.

Unlike CO2, we measure oxygen not in parts per million, but parts per hundred.  In other words, we have been gifted such an absurd surplus of oxygen by deep geological time, and by strange ancient life we’ll never know, that it won’t soon run out by our own hand, whether by deforestation or industry. Thankfully, most of the organic carbon in the Earth can be found not in easily recoverable reservoirs of fossil fuels, available to feed our industrial appetites, but in rather more rarefied deposits—small whispers of this life diffused in mudstones throughout Earth’s crust.  In other words – There’s plenty of oxygen.

Virtually nothing would happen to the atmosphere if you burned down not just the Amazon but every forest on Earth, every blade of grass, every moss and lichen spackled patch of rocks, all the flowers and bees, all the orchids and hummingbirds, all the phytoplankton, zooplankton, whales, starfish, bacteria, giraffes, hyraxes, coatimundis, oarfish, albatrosses, mushrooms, placozoans – all of it, besides the humans.

CO2 is not a pollutant – it is plant food and thanks to its abundance more of the earth’s surface is greening up.  There are more trees and vegetation now that there was 30 years ago.  Deforestation in the Amazon, in fact, has decreased since 2005.  For every acre of rainforest that is cut down each year more than 50 acres of new forest is growing.  On top of that, deforestation is 75% below its 2004 peak. CO2 is not our enemy – it is our friend.

Nature Magazine said last year that the world’s tree cover has increased over the past 35 years.  In the last three decades, 865,000 square miles, an area the size of Texas and Alaska combined, have been added to the world’s already existing forests. 

It’s worthy to note that the fires burning in Bolivia are being ignored by the lap-dog media because Bolivia’s government is socialist and therefore does not fit the media narrative that evil rightwing politicians are to blame for everything.    Jair Bosonaro, Brazil’s new president is the Donald Trump of South America, so he makes a tempting target.   In some left-wing circles, Trump is even being blamed for the fires in the Amazon because of his trade policies with China. 

We are not “climate deniers” – the earth’s climate has been constantly changing since the end of Noah’s flood. We are pseudo-science deniers. We are against global warming hysteria which is based on fear, not facts. We are against the deception, the dishonesty, and the distortions of the brain-addled media.

Source:  Everything you’ve heard about the Amazon fires is wrong,  By Bryan Fischer, RenewAmerica;  Experts Debunk Claims Amazon Fire Burning ‘Earth’s Lungs’ Newsmax;  The Amazon Is Not Earth’s Lungs,  Global Possibilities;  Where are the lungs of the Earth?, Green Lines

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