- If there was a trial…
If there was a trial, who were the participants? What were the charges?
Venue: The UN
Defendants: CO2, a completely natural substance comprised of one atom of carbon and two atoms of oxygen. It is an odorless and colorless trace gas which makes up 4% of 1% of the atmosphere. It is essential for life on earth. Also included as defendants were everyone who produced or burned fossil fuels, the burning of which emits CO2 into the atmosphere.
Prosecution: A diverse social movement comprised of environmental groups, politicians, population control advocates, rent-seeking corporations, anti-capitalist groups, and others who want to blame human CO2 emissions for causing dangerous global warming. Al Gore can serve as the face of the prosecution.
Defense: Various dissident scientists and journalists. Citizen scientists such as Stephen McIntyre have played an important role.
The complaint: Human CO2 emissions are causing dangerous global warming.
Judge/Jury: The UN’s International Panel on Climate Change played both roles, judge and trier of fact.
Key Witnesses: The IPCC also served as the prosecution’s leading expert witness. Computer models also were important witnesses.
The Gallery: Science journalists, mostly, who were all in for the prosecution.
Where we are at in the trial: CO2 has been found guilty. The prosecution’s primary witness, the IPCC, recommends drastic and sustained cuts in human CO2 emissions. Various measures to carry out the sentence have been implemented and others are being debated.
But!, the majority of the public rank global warming very low on its list of concerns. Some, such as yours truly, argue the whole case should be reopened because of substantial evidence of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct and new evidence which exonerates CO2.