red_line_frontRod Martin, Jr.
Published 2016:11
16,000 words

How could humans save all life on Earth by burning fossil fuels? It helps to understand the answer by first realizing that plants have been starved for CO2 for over 30 million years. Carbon dioxide is not, and never has been a pollutant. This book shows that this trace gas has been dangerously close to the “red line” of extinction. This slender book also tackles many of the other misconceptions about climate and does so with clarity and brevity.

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Do You Like to Eat?

What if most of the foods you eat no longer existed? It almost happened. And if humans had not burned a lot of fossil fuels, it might well have happened during the next glacial period of the current Ice Age. (A glacial period is what happens when the current interglacial—the Holocene—ends and those two little white things at the poles still persist to become huge.)

CO2 Starvation

CO2 levels were too low 15,000 BC. Did you know that plants have been struggling for the last 30 million years, because they’ve been living in COstarvation? That long ago, when carbon dioxide levels dropped down to 800 ppm (parts per million), plants freaked out and evolved C4 species to cope with the CO2 starvation. Today, carbon dioxide has made a partial recovery to 400 ppm, and this is greening the Earth. Ironically, this is not good news to the “green” environmentalists. Why is that?

Telling the Truth About Global Warming

We’ve been told several lies about global warming that have been blamed on carbon dioxide. Not only is CO2 not to blame, but global warming is ironically also a victim of slander. Here are some of the global warming truths you’ll learn more about:

  1. Global warming made civilization possible 12,000 years ago.
  2. Global warming started out at the end of the last glacial period at a rate far exceeding the UN’s “horror story.”
  3. Global warming will help reduce deserts and droughts.
  4. Global warming will help reduce the number and strength of violent storms.
  5. Global warming is a solution, because we live in an ongoing Ice Age with our current interglacial showing signs of shutting down.

Red Line — Carbon Dioxide provides all the evidence we need that CO2 is not guilty of any crime and remains vital to our future survival.

Red Line — Carbon Dioxide—Outline

Introduction: The Real Threats of Climate Change
Chapter 1: 15,000 BC, Dodging the CO2 Extinction Bullet
Chapter 2: CO2 Starvation
Chapter 3: What More CO2 Means
Chapter 4: How Fast is Too Fast?
Chapter 5: Global Warming and the Start of Civilization
Chapter 6: Scorched Earth Fantasy
Chapter 7: Global Warming and the End of Storms?
Chapter 8: Not Guilty!
Chapter 9: Hooray for Humans, but Watch Out for Corporations and Their Owners
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